You’ve understood for years, so I’m sure I’m not pointing anything out that’s going to shock you. But I still like to point it out, just in case some people are still babbling about wanting to protect “traditional” marriage as if the “traditional” qualifier is any less hideous than most other pronouncements coming from Jesusistan.
Yes, we’ve always known what the antigay hysteria was REALLY about. And we’ve been bewildered, and dismayed, at seeing people of color sign on to it.
I hope the people of color who go along with Jesusistan’s “traditional marriage” pogroms don’t mind the idea that THEIR OWN marriages aren’t exactly seen as “traditional” by the people they’ve hooked themselves up with. Because, you know, they just sure as hell are not.
It was to be their big day, but a Jackson couple says the church where they were planning to wed turned them away because of their race.
Now, the couple wants answers, and the church’s pastor is questioning the mindset of some of members of his congregation who caused the problem in the first place.
They had set the date and printed and mailed out all the invitations, but the day before wedding bells were to ring for Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson, they say they got some bad news from the pastor.
”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.
The Wilsons were trying to get married at the predominantly white First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs — a church they attend regularly, but are not members of.
“He had people in the sanctuary that were pitching a fit about us being a black couple,” said Te’Andrea Wilson. “I didn’t like it at all, because I wasn’t brought up to be racist. I was brought up to love and care for everybody.”
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.
”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.
After months of planning, the newlyweds say they had no choice but to go through with the wedding at the new location, but they still can’t understand why a church would ban their wedding because of race.
“I blame the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, I blame those members who knew and call themselves Christians and didn’t stand up,” said Charles Wilson.
Mr. Wilson, they ARE “Christians.” The same kind of “Christians” who can demand that a baby be born, and then left to starve to death, or die of some treatable disease, because “handouts” are EVIL.
The same kind of “Christians” who cheer on the killings of countless thousands of innocent people in foreign lands, because those people are of a different ethnicity, and practice a different religion.
The sort of “righteous” types who talk among themselves of stoning gays, because their Bibles tell them to (never mind all of that “let he who is without sin” stuff-most Jesusistanis never make it over to THAT Testament.)
In Mississippi, as in damn near everywhere else, the “religious right” is the religious WHITE. The whole “protect marriage” scam being run right now has never really been about suppressing gays in particular. It’s always been about being allowed to suppress EVERYONE who doesn’t look, act, and think, as they do.
I haven’t set foot in a church for a worship service since early 1971, because I had the bigotry inside the church figured out by then, and I was all of 7 years old (to be fair, I turned 8 in a few months.) Churches, far too often, are gathering places for people who hate, because organizations like the Aryan Brotherhood and the Ku Klux Klan are frowned upon these days. The road back to wearing your white sheet with pride runs right through places like the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, and those who congregate in such places understand this. Why else would the Family Research Council think that the mailing list of the Ku Klux Klan was valuable enough to purchase?
One of the things that makes me snort any time I might happen to see one is a sign in front of a Baptist Church that identifies it as “Freewill.” I’ve seen how they “Freewill” in those places for enough of my life that I freely avoid them.