Mississippi Church Members Distance Themselves From Decision To Deny Black Couple’s Wedding
That Mississippi Church that tried to hate on a black couple’s nuptials is now saying they’re all very racially inclusive and only a handful of vocal members are to blame for banning Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson’s wedding from their sanctuary.
Members of the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs in Mississippi want the world to know that it isn’t a racist church.
“We’re not,” Barbara Mack told WLBT-TV on her way into Sunday services. “We welcome anybody that wants to come through those doors.”
Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson didn’t feel welcome when the church’s pastor told them the day before the wedding that the mostly white congregation had decided no black couple could wed there.
Dr. Stan Weatherford, the pastor, said a small but vocal minority at the church objected, and threatened to vote him out if he went through with the Wilsons’ wedding.
The couple was forced to scrap their plans and get married at another church on just one day’s notice.
First Baptist member Ralph Miley told WLBT he hopes the church will eventually address the controversial decision.
“Personally, I would like to apologize to the Wilsons, to their family and friends, and to the entire black community because this has happened,” he said.
The First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, Miss., forbade the wedding of a black couple in their house of worship.
Barbara Mack’s husband, Bob, blamed the members who “intimidated the pastor and created a situation that had him in a bind,” and said they “have some misconceptions” about their religion.
“We hope we can straighten them out, you know, get them to understand what Christianity is all about,” he said.
But Charles Wilson told CNN that the time to “step up and be Christ-like” would have been before he and his wife were forced to move their wedding.
“If it was such a minority of people, why didn’t the majority stand up and say, ‘in God’s house we don’t do this?’” he asked.
We’re gonna need Mississippi to join the rest of us in the modern era. Time to put them Jim Crow days behind. But seriously, shame on the rest of them people for letting a couple of ignorant mofo’s make the whole congregation look like some rednecks.