Interracials Can Attend, But You Cannot Join

Hmmm, so I was surfing the web, like I do every day and I came across this article about church membership or …non-membership.  Evidently there is a Baptist church, Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church in Kentucky that is denying membership to an interracial couple.  Stella Harville and her African fiance, Ticha Chikuni are being denied membership AND are no longer allowed to sing for the church???  This is more disturbing than surprising.  I am not surprised because racism is a part of life that we live with daily.  If you do not think that racism is alive and well in America, well than you must not live in America!

But I find a number of things disturbing about this story…

  1. Melvin Thompson, the person who crafted the resolution and called for the vote is the FORMER PASTOR of this church.
  2. 35-40 people attended, some left and some declined to vote, But no one spoke out about this being wrong.
  3. The vote was 9-6 in favor of this ban on interracial couples not joining the church.
  4. The church’s current Pastor is Stacy Stepp, who was against the resolution.
  5. Why does the former Pastor have so much power to craft a resolution, But the current Pastor appears powerless to stop it?
  6. Interracial couples are free to attend (AND GIVE THEIR MONEY) but they cannot join??
  7. If you look around and see that there are no other blacks IN THE BUILDING why would you WANT to join?

According to CBSNEWS, Melvin Thompson had this to say, “I am not racist. I will tell you that. I am not prejudiced against any race of people, have never in my lifetime spoke evil” about a race, said Thompson, the church’s former pastor who stepped down earlier this year. “That’s what this is being portrayed as, but it is not.”

Hmmmm, not racist????  Anyone can attend but interracial couples cannot join???  Yes, that is what the resolution developed by FORMER PASTOR Melvin Thompson says.  According to CBSNEWS, “The resolution says anyone is welcome to attend services, but interracial couples could not become members or be “used in worship services or other church functions.”

You can read the story for yourself in its entirety HERE!  Please post your thoughts on this, I would be interested to get your opinion on this!



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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Steven Sarff
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 13:18:47

    My opinion was probably more surprised than yours. I mean, I don’t deny racism exists in some people all over this country but it takes a lot to have it so publically displayed. At least I didn’t see some attempt to justify it by a verse from the Bible.

    Speculation on my part but I suspect that the former minister is on the church board. Perhaps he got to old to fulfill the duties of preaching.
    The current minister needs to take a lesson out of Timothy and teach those members not to allow that kind of teaching to go on. It does not further godliness in anyway. What is up with so many people not voting on it?!?!?

    I vote for ‘that’s wrong’ and ‘repeal that decision’

    Thanks for posting it.

  2. regina
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 13:40:15

    Steven Sarff, I agree that the current Pastor needs to teach what God truly says about love. However judging from the climate of this article I believe this will not be possible and they may have folk who are set in their ways (hence the vote not being openly opposed). Classically there are those who see injustice and speak out against it and those who turn their backs, close their doors, shut their blinds and act like it is not happening.
    Either way everyone will be held accountable for their actions OR inactions!
    Thanks for visiting & commenting!
    Be Blessed,

  3. Sonya
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 20:07:01

    First of all a two thumbs up for the acknowledgement of racism in America. I’m more tired than I can say of the subject being treated as passe. Next, I’m sure the rev. isn’t racist. Just a thought: I wonder if he hangs his white sheet beside the robe he wears in the pulpit? That’s the big problem as I see it. No one is racist because we’ve solved that problem already. That’s one of the reasons we’re so self-righteous about pointing out the violations of human rights in other countries. The racism, sexism, enslavement/mistreatment of undocumented (and documented) workers that goes on in the land of the free is just a rare anamoly perpetrated by the occasional rogue. The baker in Iowa who refused to bake the cake for the lesbians’ wedding isn’t homophobic she’s just a right thinking person. The fact that she actually operates as a business and they are customers in no way occurs to her that she’s discriminating. I wonder if people ever stop to think the reason laws remain on the books is because there’s a need for them. What do they think would happen if slavery was repealed?

  4. regina
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 21:04:44

    Sonya, thank you for commenting.
    Agreed! Yes the baker, that was very interesting and again not surprising but very reminiscent of a time when bakers sold “White only” pies/cakes. For them it is not even about the money, it’s about protecting “their” principles. And in the land of the free and home of the brave they are free to express that (right, wrong, or indifferent). The more things change the more they stay the same.
    A repeal of slavery in my mind I see a combination of total world war mixed with a horrible zombie movie, the kind where some white guys are in a protected secret spot someplace watching the world kill itself and already plotting how to start the cycle all over again to see if the outcome would be the same. SMH.

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