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Small minded Church goers? I am shocked!
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That minister could have called out the congregation and used this as a topic for a sermon. Instead, he took the coward’s way out and did the service elsewhere, tacitly condoning that church as “whites only.” Well, not entirely whites only. The black couple attended regularly, so I guess the collection plate is integrated.
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Agreed on all points.
The Pastor did what he had to do. More than likely the people who were complaining were also major donors to the church (old rich white people) so the Pastor had to push the wedding off or lose his funding.
Instead he did it at another church, but with him as the master of ceremony. After all, what is a church but a building? A congregation is made by a Priest/Pastor/Reverend/Vicar/whatever.
That couple wasn’t going to that church for the church but because they liked the Pastor.
Still, if I ever were to meet the parishioners who twisted that mans arm into moving that wedding to another church, I would beat their asses into a bloody pulp.
It isn’t that the pastor was the problem, the problem is in the whole culture of the south. Or rather the “Old South” . Good news for the rest of us is that they are Dying. The racists die and young don’t believe in the hatred anymore.
At least that’s my hope.
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I think the pastor should have taken the high road. Perform the ceremony at his own church and let the racist parishioners vote him and his integrity out. He’s better off without them. I’ll bet the job market for pastors is pretty good in that neck of the woods.
Heck, all religions are about excluding people. Aren’t they?
What’s she complaining about? Weren’t there signs in plain view?
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I don’t think you’re allowed to post “WHITES ONLY” signs.
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Considering the comments on the previous post, what with people victim-blaming the door-to-door salesman for not reading the signs, I figured it would have been obvious.
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Perhaps at a laundromat…
I feel so naive, I thought this was illegal according to the civil rights act. I think they should sue, especially with how clearly it was made that the decision was based entirely on race.
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Someone needs to tell the church members that it isn’t the 1950′s anymore.
Hey, they already know it isn’t the 50′s. They had black church members after all.
What I can’t figure out is how anyone could object to marying the daughter of a member who was herself a fairly regular attendee. I have a hypothesis that the old segregation laws where about assigning the shame of ritual uncleanliness to blacks. Maybe that’s what’s going on here. A few blacks at every service is hot enough to daage ritual purity and actually adds to the credibility of the congregation. But the wedding might be majority black, which would threaten ritual purity.
This is just my attempt to explain things. None of it makes any more sense than when we played “cooties” as children.
A couple of things:
1) It’s in the south. Hey, south! When it’s always you, you’re doing it wrong.
2) Churches benefit more from the government than any other person, organization, business, etc. what with the no taxes and every politician bending over backward for them. I wish they were likewise held to a higher standard of behavior, resulting in this place being shut down as an example to the others. It’s harsh, but it’s what I’d like to see.
3) The pastor/couple made the right call not holding the wedding there i defiance (you don’t want to hold a wedding out of spite and with such negative background noise), but the pastor should have immediately quit, his final sermon just a 30 minute scolding. And naturally I’d hope the couple never sets foot there again and badmouths the place for years. To everyone. I’m talking signs in the front yard.
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