We live in a post-racial America. Oh wait. No, I’m sorry. I meant to say that America is still a super racist place. Like, telling-a-black-couple-they-can’t-get-married-in-our-church racist. Wow.
Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson were regular attendees of the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs in Mississippi and they wanted to get married in that church. As people are wont to do. No big deal.
No big deal if you’re cool with non-white people, that is. According to WLBT,
“The church congregation had decided no black could be married at that church, and that if he went on to marry her, then they would vote him out the church,” said Charles Wilson.
What year is this? Did I wake up in 1948? Oh, to be a fly on the wall as that discussion was initiated. How does one broach that subject? Usually right here I would write some kind of snarky script, but I genuinely cannot fathom what it must be like to live in the head of racists.
Evidently, this whole ordeal came as a shock to the pastor of Mississippi church, Dr. Stan Weatherford.
“This had never been done before here, so it was setting a new precedent, and there are those who reacted to that because of that,” said Weatherford.
Weatherford went on and performed the wedding at a nearby church.
“I didn’t want to have a controversy within the church, and I didn’t want a controversy to affect the wedding of Charles and Te’ Andrea. I wanted to make sure their wedding day was a special day,” said Weatherford.
Okay, avoid controversy by totally screwing a couple of innocent people. Seems a little squirrely, but what do I know about running a congregation? According to the Clarion Ledger, Weatherford performed the ceremony, just in another venue.
So, it’s okay for the pastor of the church to perform the wedding as long as it’s not in the church building? What is going on here? What do these people think will happen? Black cooties?
The situation arose because of complaints by a handful of people and it’s a decision that at least a few church members are upset about. According to the Clarion Ledger,
Casey Kitchens said she and other members of the congregation are outraged by the church’s refusal to marry a black couple, a decision she says most of the congregation knew nothing about.
“This is a small, small group of people who made a terrible decision,” Kitchens said. “I’m just ashamed right now that my church would do that. I can’t fathom why. How unfair. How unjust. It’s just wrong.”
The whole thing is gross and embarrassing on a very human level. Then there’s this little cherry on top of the giant bigotry sundae. Again, according to WLBT:
Church officials say they welcome any race into their congregation. They now plan to hold internal meetings on how to move forward, should this situation occur again.
Ha. No. Clearly, this congregation does not welcome any race. And I have a feeling that, after this, you won’t have to worry about those uppity black people (or other people) for a while.
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