Forget Same-Sex Marriage: Southern Church Prohibits BLACK Wedding

Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson were banned from having their wedding at the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, Mississippi because they are black.

Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson were banned from having their wedding at the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, Mississippi because they are black.


Forget about same-sex marriage: some southern Christians still can’t get past BLACK weddings!!

ABC News is reporting that First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, Mississippi has prohibited the wedding of Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson from taking place in its building because they are African-American:

“There has never been a black wedding at the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, Miss., since its founding in 1883. According to Pastor Stan Weatherford, some church members objected so strongly to breaking that precedent, they threatened to oust him from his pastorship.”

David Kenney of WLBT News in Jackson, Miss. reported the rationale of the pastor:

“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.

Seriously? This is what is STILL happening in the American South?? This is still an issue?

For the record, this is what we’re dealing with when we talk about racism and homophobia. And this is why people are so outraged about the Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A scandal. Yes, they are different issues, but they are treated the same in the eyes of many fundamentalists. Many of the same “Christians” that are actively campaigning to suppress the civil rights of gay Americans and prohibit same-sex weddings are also still campaigning against allowing African-American weddings. They are different issues, but the hatred and condescension and racist/homophobic fear is all the same.

Think about it: this church REALLY banned a black wedding!!! And yet, for some reason, we are supposed to value their opinion on same-sex weddings???

This is the mentality we’re dealing with in conservative Christianity. Gay weddings are not allowed. Black weddings are not allowed. Only white, straight Christian weddings please.

NBC News reported the frustration of the groom, Charles Wilson:

Charles Wilson said he doesn’t understand the ban. “I blame those members who knew and call themselves Christians and didn’t stand up,” Wilson said.

This is why we must stand up and we must report the absurd behavior of those who seek to use religion to prohibit anything different them themselves.

I’m still waiting for the church to claim that they were prohibited from getting married in the church for some other reason, as racism and homophobia are usually disguised in a something else. It still wouldn’t change the fact that the church has never hosted a black wedding.

Maybe Chick-fil-A can sponsor the next potluck for the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, Mississippi…

(HT: Jim West)

12 Responses

  1. Sounds a bit like Israel, frnds, she is Arab Christian orthodox, he is Jewish couldn’t get married here as no one would marry them priest nor rabbi. so they got married in Cyprus. Families didn’t seem to care esp the Jewish family, both are lawyers, Harvard law school and then when it came to finding a place to live, it became even worse. They are now living in an Israel Arab village, quite happily.

    As for Christians not standing up to injustice, try dealing with the Evangelicals here in Jerusalem. I felt as if I was talking to the Wall when i approached them.

  2. Many years ago I ran into some Southern Baptists who claimed that the split with the Baptists in the North (most of whom formed the American Baptist Convention/Association/etc.) … had nothing to do with race.

    . . . these folks also claimed that the Civil War (or “War Between the States” in their inaccurate titling) had nothing to do with race. Per them, the CW found its origins in disputes over … tariffs.

  3. I get it: Stan Weatherford wanted to avoid controversy and so went along with all the white racists in his church. The man had no courage nor integrity whatsoever.

  4. This “church” is no longer on consecrated ground. Burn it down!

  5. Yes Doc Bob, it still happens in the south; the only thing that’s surprising is, per your observation re racism/homophobia is often dollied up as something else, First Baptist was so overt about it.

    On reflection, however, how is this any more surprising than Mars Hill? The answer, I think, is that many of us are continually surprised that antiquated notions survive to such an extent in 21st century America.


  6. CD – I’m aware of the southern attempt to downplay race/slavery re the Civil War…this this despite the explicit statements it was about slavery in the declarations of seccession of several states, my own state of texas being one of them.

    As usual, across many fields, there’s a great difference what the academics report vs what the politicians and their respective laity believe.


  7. I wonder what would have been the church position had the couple been a mixed race marriage, in particular, an African American male wishing to marry a ‘white’ female as they couldn’t use that line ‘no black marriage has ever been performed here’.

  8. jeffw — Yes. … one of my favorite myths from that period remains: “Blacks fought for the South, for secession”.

    W e l l l l l l . . . TRUE, using the term “fight” in a figurative sense only. And these blacks were called “slaves”. They had to “fight” for the South by obeying their masters (who were the ones who held the actual guns, since slaves weren’t permitted to possess guns except to fetch them for their masters). Did they “fight” for the South by materially assisting the Confederate Army (e,g,, moving equipment) ? Yes, per the commands of their masters.

    An extravagant variation: “There were black Confederate regiments.” Funny … none of those so-called regiments has a name or a numerical designation (“the Virginia 89th” or some such). Golly, it’s like that entire claim is … MADE UP.

  9. […] a minority position held by – I’m guessing – a faction with money and clout.Via Bob Cargill, who, despite being at a dig in Israel, still reads Jim West. I don’t know whether […]

  10. CD – yup, I’ve seen old photos of blacks in csa uniforms presented as evidence…course, none of them were armed!

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