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Kentucky church bans interracial marriage

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A small Kentucky church has chosen to ban marriages and even some worship services for interracial couples. The Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church, located in Pike County, made the vote in response to a longtime member who is engaged to a man whose birthplace is in Zimbabwe.
 
Other pastoral leaders in the area were quick to denounce the church's vote. "It's not the spirit of the community in any way, shape or form," Randy Johnson, president of the Pike County Ministerial Association, told the Lexington Herald-Leader.
 
The small congregation, which usually hosts about 40 members each Sunday, held the vote after longtime member Stella Harville, brought her fiancé Ticha Chikuni to church with her in June. The couple performed a song together at the church in which Chikuni sang "I Surrender All," while Harville played the piano.
 
Chikuni, 29, who works at Georgetown College, is black--and Harville, who was baptized at the church but is not an active member, is white. Dean Harville, Stella's father, said he was told by the church's former pastor Melvin Thompson that his daughter and her fiancé were not allowed to sing at the church again. However, Thompson recently stepped down and the church's new pastor, Stacy Stepp, said the couple was once again welcome to sing.
 
Stepp's decision prompted Thompson to put forth a recommendation saying that while all members are welcome at the church, it does not "condone" interracial marriage, and that any interracial couples would not be received as members or allowed to participate in worship services. The only exception? Funerals.
 
The Harville family has formally requested the congregation to reconsider the interracial ban, and Thompson has also said he would like to resolve the issue, the area CBS affiliate WYMT has reported.
 

A copy of the recommendation, obtained by WYMT, reads in part:
 

That the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church does not condone interracial marriage. Parties of such marriages will not be received as members, nor will they be used in worship services and other church functions, with the exception being funerals. All are welcome to our public worship services. This recommendation is not intended to judge the salvation of anyone, but is intended to promote greater unity among the church body and the community we serve.
 
Members of the church held a vote on Thompson's proposed language, with nine voting in favor and six voting against. The other members in attendance chose not to vote.
 
Gawker notes that Pike County is 98 percent white and home to the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud.
 
The Harville family doesn't see Gulnare's new policy promoting anything like unity or civil peace. "They're the people who are supposed to comfort me in times like these," Stella Harville said.
 
And Stella's father was much more forceful in his denunciation of the interracial ban. "It sure ain't Christian," Dean Harville said. "It ain't nothing but the old devil working."
 

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/kentucky-church-bans-interracial-marriage-150009470.html

by on Dec. 2, 2011 at 6:33 AM
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Janet
by Ruby Member on Dec. 2, 2011 at 11:55 PM

 Those aren't true Christians that's for sure.

Chaotic-Good
by on Dec. 3, 2011 at 3:22 AM

Yay. Another step back into the 1800's for this country. Just what we needed.

VintageWife
by Bronze Member on Dec. 3, 2011 at 3:33 AM
I seen a church sign the other day "God called us to be witnesses, not judges and lawyers."
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3690inspire
by on Dec. 3, 2011 at 9:00 AM
Wow! Why would the church thrive off the "spirit of the community" instead of the spirit of God?? Sounds like the wrong spirit to behold. More like feeding ignorance and the spirit of greed to satisfy the church. If my church held that type of vote, I would grab my purse and kids so quick, leave and never look back. I can't help to wonder if the amount of 40 members decreased, for those who didn't vote and who opposed it.
3690inspire
by on Dec. 3, 2011 at 9:02 AM
Hmmmm.....
Pammi86
by Pamela on Dec. 3, 2011 at 11:19 AM
Wrong! No other word for it but wrong! So very wrong! I'm a christian and it sickens me to see these churches protest things and demand things! No gay marriage bc the bible says its wrong! Shit like that pisses me off! The bible also says judging others is wrong! Morons!
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Mommaof2girls81
by on Dec. 3, 2011 at 11:22 AM

I don't think its right to deny ANYONE their right to get married. Even churches. Being an interracial couple has nothing to do with the bible and I think its wrong, very wrong. tsk tsk

Gardeningmom4
by Bronze Member on Dec. 3, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Those who do that are not Christians and I say that as a Christian.This just makes me sick.There is no such thing as race we all are related we all came from Adam and Eve.There is no actual race as was proven by a couple who had a white and black twin and both parents were black and they were the actual parents.They should close that church or something because that to me is beyond wrong it is against Gods commands and they should know better.

Quoting mistynights234:

I will never understand how "christains" will march on political rallys, abortion clinics and the like but allow this crap to go on.  This is nothing but a bunch of idiots using the christian religion as a way to control people.


itsm3
by on Dec. 4, 2011 at 9:20 AM

this.

what a bunch of idiots.  

Quoting mistynights234:

I will never understand how "christains" will march on political rallys, abortion clinics and the like but allow this crap to go on.  This is nothing but a bunch of idiots using the christian religion as a way to control people.


delanna6two
by Platinum Member on Dec. 4, 2011 at 9:39 AM

my, my...not good...

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