2011-11-30

I know this is shocking, but there are racists in Kentucky!!!!

So I read this article over at the Huffington Post. I had to rub my eyes to make sure I was looking at the right date. It indeed said 11/30/11. It said the year 2011, not 1911. Seriously. This is post racial America? This is Christianity? People often deny that racism is alive and well. Well folks, here it is. Interracial couples in the year 2011 are not allowed to be members of a church in Kentucky. They can't participate in certain worship activities. Their church is pure, and their God I guess has an issue with two people being married and going into their church to worship. Jesus take the wheel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't wait to get post post racial America, that's going to be awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!


Interracial Couple Banned From Kentucky Church
Interracial Couples

First Posted: 11/30/11 06:08 PM ET Updated: 11/30/11 06:20 PM ET
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In a move to "promote greater unity" among its body and the Pike County community it serves, a small Kentucky church voted to ban interracial couples from membership and from participating in certain worship activities, Kentucky.com reports.

Though reminiscent of some Jim Crow-era mandate, the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church actually made the decision earlier this month, following a visit from 24-year-old Stella Harville, daughter of the church's secretary and clerk, and her 29-year-old fiance, Ticha Chikuni, a native of Zimbabwe.

According to Harville's father, Dean Harville, Stella brought Chikuni to the church in June where they performed a song for the congregation.

Following the visit, pastor Melvin Thompson told Harville that his daughter and her fiance could not sing at the church again. Thompson later proposed that the church go on record saying that while all people were welcome to attend public worship services there, the church did not condone interracial marriage.

His proposal, which was accepted by a 9-6 vote last week, also suggested that married interracial couples be prohibited from becoming members and used in worship activities, except for funerals.

"It's not the spirit of the community in any way, shape or form," said Randy Johnson, president of the Pike County Ministerial Association, according to Kentucky.com.

While Pike County and the surrounding community come to grips with the church's decision, researchers at Ohio State University and Cornell University say black-white marriages in the United States are soaring, increasing threefold, from 3 percent in 1980 to 10.7 percent in 2008