I guess things haven’t changed much in Mississippi over the last 50 years….
And of course it’s the Baptists leading the march backwards in time….
I don’t mean the Independent Baptist Churches, who had to leave the Southern Baptist Convention when the Southern Baptist Convention really went crazy and started trying to lead a return to the 19th Century-especially for Women, Gays and Minorities. The Southern Baptist seem to think of the days of white male dominance as “the good old days”.
I mean these Southern Baptist Churches like the one I grew up in….
The ones whose motto isn’t “What would Jesus do?” but rather “What will the neighbors think?”
Add “First” to any Baptist Church name in the South and you can usually up the judgmental and pretentiousness factors by 10 as they like to think they are among the most “Socially Prominent” Churches in any little town….
It’s hard to believe even they are still this far out of step with time, but the people in these kinds of Churches just don’t seem to be very open to any kind of change at all….
To them, it will always be 1956….or 1856.
A black couple in Crystal Springs, Mississippi says that a predominantly white Baptist church refused to let them get married because of their race.
Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson told WLBT that the day before they were to be married, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs informed them the ceremony would have to be moved due to the reaction of some white church members — even though the couple had attended the church regularly.
“The church congregation had decided no black could be married at that church, and that if [the pastor] went on to marry her, then they would vote him out the church,” Charles Wilson explained.
“He had people in the sanctuary that were pitching a fit about us being a black couple,” Te’Andrea Wilson added. “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.”
Dr. Stan Weatherford, the church’s pastor, was forced to perform the marriage at another church after he was taken by surprise by his congregation’s outrage.