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Kentucky church bans interracial marriage
yahoo ^ | 12/1/11 | Eric Pfeiffer

Posted on 12/01/2011 11:07:20 AM PST by Borges

A small Kentucky church has chosen to ban marriages and even some worship services for interracial couples. The Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church, located in Pike County, made the vote in response to a longtime member who is engaged to a man whose birthplace is in Zimbabwe.

Other pastoral leaders in the area were quick to denounce the church's vote. "It's not the spirit of the community in any way, shape or form," Randy Johnson, president of the Pike County Ministerial Association, told the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The small congregation, which usually hosts about 40 members each Sunday, held the vote after longtime member Stella Harville, brought her fiancé Ticha Chikuni to church with her in June. The couple performed a song together at the church in which Chikuni sang "I Surrender All," while Harville played the piano.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: traditionalmarriage

1 posted on 12/01/2011 11:07:29 AM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

I think the church’s decison should be proteced under the 1st Amendment.

With that said, I hope the couple in question waste no time in finding a more suitable place to worship.


2 posted on 12/01/2011 11:15:59 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25 percent more sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: Borges

I would say it isn’t as bad as Rev Wright banning Jews from his flock of morons..After all a fine example came out of wrights flock none other than BO and family..


3 posted on 12/01/2011 11:16:21 AM PST by PLD
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To: Borges
This story is news precisely because it happens so seldom. 40 attendees on a Sunday. Hmmm. The Rising Tide of Racism in America.

This sounds about as racist as black social workers refusing to place black children with white families for adoptions.

4 posted on 12/01/2011 11:17:04 AM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Borges
The small congregation, which usually hosts about 40 members each Sunday, held the vote after longtime member Stella Harville, brought her fiancé Ticha Chikuni to church with her in June. The couple performed a song together at the church in which Chikuni sang "I Surrender All," while Harville played the piano.

It would have been entertaining to watch the audience during that song!

5 posted on 12/01/2011 11:17:46 AM PST by iowamark (Rick Perry says I'm heartless.)
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To: Borges
"It sure ain't Christian," Dean Harville said. "It ain't nothing but the old devil working."

Well said, sir.

6 posted on 12/01/2011 11:18:32 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25 percent more sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: WayneS

I agree with you. I would also add that one can find racism wherever there are ignorance and fear....in all countries.


7 posted on 12/01/2011 11:20:30 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: SumProVita

The media gives Muhammed Ali (Cassius Clay) a pass when he speaks out against interracial marriage. Let this rural church have its opinion too. Let it stand for what is left of its culture and be politically incorrect. If the mixed couple wants a place where they “fit in” then there are plenty of places they can go.


8 posted on 12/01/2011 11:29:03 AM PST by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American that a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: Monterrosa-24

If either of them has this as a religious belief...so be it.

I think my post demonstrated my agreement with this.

I will simply pray for their eyes to be opened to the truth.


9 posted on 12/01/2011 11:35:02 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Borges

Well, of course inter-species marriage is not acceptable.

Oh, they’re not meaning “species” when they use the term “race”? Ah.

The thing is, there is only one “race” among humanity — homo sapiens. And humans are free to marry other humans of the opposite sex, regardless of ethnic or cultural heritage.


10 posted on 12/01/2011 11:35:10 AM PST by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: 17th Miss Regt

This story is news because Yahoo is full of crapola like this. I use Yahoo for email but changed it from my homepage long ago because of their stupid slant on news and sports. I mean, really? A congregation of 40 people? Yahoo will stretch stories to make people of faith, conservatives, etc look evil. In between, they are compelled to throw in a Kardashian story.


11 posted on 12/01/2011 11:42:20 AM PST by Matt Hatter
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To: Borges
Unfortunate and not uncommon among many racial and ethnic groupings. Among my own, I'm referred to as “the Gringo of the family.” My father, (Swedish protestant) was not allowed to be married to my mother (Spanish Catholic) in the main chapel of the local Catholic church. A smaller side chapel (for gringo “almost” Catholics) was used instead. Married 36 years, and every time that wedding was called to mind, he'd get upset about it all over again.
12 posted on 12/01/2011 11:43:30 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Borges

Ah, the simple joys of private judgment.


13 posted on 12/01/2011 11:45:40 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Borges

Meanwhile in any and every local mosque, murder is a matter of honor...and it gets worse from there.


14 posted on 12/01/2011 11:50:02 AM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Borges

If looks far enough, you can probably find a majority of roughly 40 people who would vote for almost anything.

This isn’t news; it is a political hit.


15 posted on 12/01/2011 11:50:16 AM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: Borges

If one looks far enough, you can probably find a majority of roughly 40 people who would vote for almost anything.

This isn’t news; it is a political hit.


16 posted on 12/01/2011 11:51:35 AM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: wideawake

What is fun is to confront a church like this with the account of Moses being criticized by his sister Miriam for marrying a black women. God responded by afflicting Miriam with leprosy for a spell.


17 posted on 12/01/2011 11:57:46 AM PST by aimhigh
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To: Borges

There are some splinter group churches many calling themselves Baptist that just makes you wonder who’s side are they really on. One in my neck of the woods displays a sign board that always has something provocative on it, like, “If you don’t know Jesus, Go to Hell”. Yea, that really makes me want to drop by and join them for Sunday service.


18 posted on 12/01/2011 12:03:16 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: Borges
Rednecks being rednecks isn't really news. I'm still surprised that even a bunch of dumb hicks would feel so strongly against interracial marriage as to invite international scorn that this is bound to bring upon their little worthless congregation.

Enjoy the bloodbath idiots.

19 posted on 12/01/2011 12:04:22 PM PST by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: WayneS
Exactly. This church should be able to ban any marriage for any reason, even if the reason is bigoted. Similarly, if some church wants to allow gay marriage, let them. In either case, we can show our displeasure by not attending or supporting it.
20 posted on 12/01/2011 12:06:15 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: PowderMonkey

This had nothing to do with his ethnic background, but the fact that he was not a Catholic. Now Catholics and non-Catholics (as long as they are baptized Christians) can be married in a full Church wedding, but it was much more difficult at the time that he got married.


21 posted on 12/01/2011 12:40:37 PM PST by livius
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To: livius

He converted. He still wasn’t good enough. His ethnic background did indeed play a role in the priest’s decision to exclude him from the main chapel. Hence, his lifelong resentment.


22 posted on 12/01/2011 12:46:53 PM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: PowderMonkey

I’d be really surprised at that, since normally getting a convert from another background was a real high point. It’s possible that the wedding was not very large and they didn’t want to use the main church or even rarely used the main church (I was in a parish at that time where virtually all weddings were in a side-chapel), or that neither he nor the bride’s family got along very well with the priest, who was therefore being vindictive (because normally even if the priest didn’t like one party, if the other party was a long-standing parishioner, that would win out). Or possibly the priest was a nut.

In any case, it would certainly have been uncommon, but if that’s what your father perceives, it may have happened. He should have complained to the bishop at the time, however, because the priest shouldn’t have been allowed to get away with this.


23 posted on 12/01/2011 12:58:34 PM PST by livius
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To: aimhigh

God healed Miriam only after Moses begged him in prayer to do so.

The episode does seem to indicate God doesn’t approve of racism. :)

Decades ago I used to use this passage and others in extended discussions with relative who believed the Bible wanted the races to remain separate. It is quite amazing that you quite literally cannot find racism in the Bible. Just isn’t in there.


24 posted on 12/01/2011 1:41:47 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: WayneS

“It sure ain’t Christian,” Dean Harville said. “It ain’t nothing but the old devil working.”

Well said, sir.

I like what Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis)blogged today on his website:
“This news item should be a reminder to us that biologically, all humans belong to ONE RACE—we are all descendants of Adam and Eve. (Acts 17:26; 1 Corinthians 15:45; Genesis 3:20). There is no such thing biologically as a so called ‘interracial couple’ or ‘interracial marriage.’ There is an ‘interracial’ marriage the Bible speaks against—when the two ‘SPIRITUAL races’ marry—a non-Christian and a Christian—and that’s the ONLY ‘interracial marriage’ the Bible so clearly teaches against! It is so sad when people in the church adopt such an unbilical position claiming falsely that a couple who have different shades of skin color (every human has the same color—just differing shades) and/or come from different cultures constitutes an ‘interracial relationship.’ This is nonsense. Those in the church who claim there is such a thing as a biological ‘interracial couple’ need to repent before a Holy God.”


25 posted on 12/01/2011 2:07:57 PM PST by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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