Banning interracial couple from church aint racist?
"I am not racist. I will tell you that… I am not prejudiced against any race of people, have never in my lifetime spoken evil about a race. That’s what this is being portrayed as, but it is not… I do not believe in interracial marriages, and I do not believe this will give our church a black eye at all."
The above are the words of the former pastor at Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church, in Kentucky, Melvin Thompson who is among the people who - as reported by The Telegraph - constructed and voted for the resolution to ban interracial couples from being members of the congregation; the said resolution stating that the church "does not condone interracial marriage".
This ban was enforced when Stella Harville, daughter to the church secretary took her fiancé Ticha Chikuni for a church service in June (couple pictured right). And when Stella’s father Dean Harville accused Thompson of racism, dubbing the ban a "black eye to the church, a black eye to our community and a black eye to God", the above was Thompson’s defense. And to add on to this, Thompson believes the move to ban interracial couples from church "…is intended to promote greater unity among the church body and the community we serve".
UNITY??? Is there another definition for this word that is an antonym to what I believe to be the definition coz this dude can't be serious. Somebody, make me understand how we are supposed to draw a thick line between denying people their rights because we don’t believe in interracial unions and being racist!
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Luckily, the church's pastor, Stacy Stepp, is opposed to the ban and plans are underway to resolve the issue.
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