A Mississippi couple says the church where they planned to get married turned them away because they are black. Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson say they had set the date and mailed invitations, but the day before their wedding they say they got bad news from the pastor of predominantly white First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs: Some members of the church complained about the black couple having a wedding there.
The Wilsons, who live in nearby Jackson, said they attend the church regularly although they are not members.
Pastor Stan Weatherford told WLBT TV he was surprised when a small number of church members opposed holding the wedding 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 performed the July 21 ceremony at another 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.
WLBT reported that church officials now say they welcome any race. They plan to hold internal meetings on how to move forward.
Church member Casey Kitchens said she and other members of the congregation are outraged by the church's refusal to marry a black couple, a decision she says most of the congregation knew nothing about.
"This is a small, small group of people who made a terrible decision," Kitchens told The Clarion-Ledger. "I'm just ashamed right now that my church would do that. I can't fathom why. How unfair. How unjust. It's just wrong."
"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.
Wilson told the newspaper that he understands Weatherford was caught in a difficult position and he still likes the pastor, but he also thinks the pastor should have stood up to the members who didn't want the couple to marry in the church.
"It's not reflective of the spirit of the Lord and Mississippi Baptists," the Mississippi Baptist Convention executive director, the Rev. Jim Futral, said. "It's just a step backward. ... It's a sad thing."
Here in Louisiana and Mississippi, for the most part, there are a lot of blacks that are racist towards whites and this is a good example of why that is so. We treat everyone by stereo-type, yet what we don’t understand is, “We reap what we sow.” If you want to go out and be the “bigot” that everyone says we are, you do nothing but drive an extra nail in the coffin for National Socialism. We are supposed to be better than this and it should be a good example of what not to be. If they are nice to you, be nice back.
A wise person told me once that if you have nothing but hate for another race, then all you do is destroy everything you are working so hard to achieve. We are better than this and we need to begin showing that to everyone out there.
One of the best blogs I’ve read was this one: http://whitehonor.com/white-power/leadership-by-example/ If you read this blog and really think to yourself that you couldn’t be this kind of person, then National Socialism is not where you need to be and the ANP is definitely not for you. We stand out because we are not bigots and the “white trash skinhead” that everyone wants to make us out to be.