I was shocked! Completely shocked and appalled to read that a black couple – not a bi-racial, not a same-sex couple – a black man and woman were denied by the congregation to be wed in the Baptist Church they attended.
The Wilsons attended a predominantly white First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, MS, but were not actually members of the church. The wedding day was set, invitations sent, but the day before the wedding was to take place, the pastor of the church gave Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson the shocking bad news.
“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 [the pastor] out the church,” said Charles Wilson.
The church’s pastor, Dr. Stan Weatherford, says he was taken by surprise by what he calls a small minority against the black marriage at the church. Weatherford went on and performed the Wilson’s wedding at a nearby church.
Black wedding banned by Baptist church in Jackson, MS
What the hell? Did we just jump back fifty years into the Civil Rights era? What is next, segregation on who can sit where in the church? Naturally everyone is free to believe what they want to, no matter how hateful and ignorant it may be, but to directly affect the lives of others, deciding on where they can NOT be married, all because of one’s own racism is completely wrong. The pastor’s reaction, in my opinion, was out of line, as well. He did not stand up for the Wilson’s due to being threatened by the racist members of the church that they would vote him out if he allowed the wedding to be performed.
And where is the love for all of mankind which are the teachings of Jesus? The time for picking and choosing what one wants to use from the bible must end. The hate must end. The ignorance – the racism – must all come to an end else we will destroy ourselves.
The pastor did not do what was right and I feel the Wilson’s have a major lawsuit against the church and the pastor. And I would love for this couple to be able to renew their vows in this church and at least become the first black couple to renew their vows. For whatever reason, they liked this church and that is where they wanted to get married.
Since the incident occurred, Charles Wilson has received mixed reaction since the WLBT story about his wedding controversy aired.
“I’ve had some to tell me that it’s not a big deal, that we shouldn’t have pushed it, that we’ll open up a can of worms, that we should just really let it die down. But the other side of it is, those wonderful folks that have came to me and said I’m so happy that someone spoke up about it, come to our church.”
I say to stand up for your rights. And in this case, not just as an equal – which you should NOT have to do today – but as a superior soul over the ignorant racist white trash that have hearts full of hatred.
Thank you, Captn Dog, for sending me the link for this story. I am terribly sorry you have to live among the ignorant white trash. During my two years living in the deep south in Alabama, I saw this hateful racism on a daily basis. I thought I have traveled back in time to the Civil War. The trailer trash and the old southern white money all go to church on Sunday preaching their love, but as soon as they walk out the door, they leave the love behind.
And for the voters out there… this is what the Tea Party is about. Remember that when you go to the polls come November. Is this the America you want running our government? We have the ability to vote out the ignorance and hatred, so just do it.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” ~ George Santayana, 1905