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Complaint Review: First Baptist Church Crystal Springs Mississippi
First Baptist Church Crystal Springs Mississippi112 East Railroad Avenue Crystal Springs, Mississippi United States of America
First Baptist Church Crystal Springs Mississippi Blacklisted Racist Church For Demolition Due To Hate, Lukewarm Apostates Full of Deception, Crystal Springs, Mississippi
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Firstly from abcnews.go.com:
Mississppi Church Refuses to Marry Black Couple
By ALON HARISH
July 28, 2012
They had booked their wedding far in advance. The invitations had been sent, the programs printed. But one day before Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson were to be married at the Mississippi church they frequented, they said a pastor told them they would have to find another venue -- because they were black.
There has never been a black wedding at the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, Miss. [continued below]....
Rather than risk his job, Weatherford, who is white, said he decided to marry the pair at a black church down the road.
"My 9-year-old was going to the church with us. How would you say to your 9-year-old daughter, 'We cannot get married here because, guess what sweetie, we're black,'" Charles Wilson told ABC's affiliate WAPT-TV. Outrage over the wedding's forced relocation swept the Jackson suburb of about 5,000 into a media firestorm. The vast majority of Crystal Springs residents, blacks and whites alike, were "blown away" by the church's decision, said Theresa Norwood, 48, who was born in Crystal Springs and has lived there her entire life.
Norwood said she believes Weatherford should have married the Wilsons regardless of the risk to his job.
"That church was their home," she said. "What would Jesus have done? He would have married them, without a doubt, because it's the right thing to do. We're all God's children."
While the Wilsons were not members of the church, they often attended services there, and Te'Andrea's uncle is an employee of the church, and her father is a member. Charles Wilson told WAPT that the couple had planned to join as members after their wedding, which was planned for July 20.
Weatherford told WLBT-TV in Jackson that he would have liked to marry the couple as planned, but he decided to perform the ceremony elsewhere as a compromise to ensure that the Wilsons could be married while "addressing a need within our congregation." Norwood, who is black, said her nephew came to worship at First Baptist
Church while he was temporarily living with her, having been evacuated from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The church "made him feel at home," she said, but now she wonders whether he would return there when
he visits Crystal Springs.
The church is now holding internal meetings to figure out how it should respond to future requests by black couples to be married there, Weatherford told WLBT-TV. For her part, though, Norwood, who is dating a white man, said that if she and her boyfriend decide to get married, they will likely look for a different venue.
Here is another article from the site known as digitaljournal.com:
Black couple's wedding banned by white Mississippi Baptist church By Brett Wilkins
Jul 27, 2012
A black couple in Mississippi planning to get married in the predominantly white church they often attend was barred from having their wedding there due to objections from members of the congregation.
Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson were looking forward to exchanging their vows in the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs in Crystal Springs, Mississippi. The couple had planned everything; the date was set, the invitations were printed and mailed out, pastor Stan Weatherford was ready-- then they received horrible news.
"The church congregation had decided no black could be married at that church," Charles told WLBT. He says that congregants threatened to expel Weatherford from the church if he performed the ceremony.
"He had people... that were pitching a fit about us being a black couple," Te'Andrea 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. Weatherford told WLBT that he was surprised by his congregation's opposition to the wedding. "This had never been done before here," he said of marrying a black couple, "so it was setting a new precedent, and there are those who reacted to that because of that."
The pastor ended up marrying the couple 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," he said. "I wanted to make sure their wedding day was a special day."
The now-happily married couple still struggles to understand what happened to them. "I blame the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs," Charles told WLBT. "I blame those members who knew and call themselves Christians and didn't stand up," he added. Another Baptist church, Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church in Pike County, Kentucky, made headlines last November when it banned interracial couples from becoming members or taking part in church functions.
Here is one more article on this subject from the huffingtonpost.com:
Wedding Banned: Black Couple Told They Can't Wed In Baptist Church
Posted: 07/27/2012 3:40 pm Updated: 07/27/2012 5:40 pm
Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson were looking forward to saying "I do" in the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, Miss. on July 21. But the day before their Big Day, their pastor told them their wedding had been cancelled.
Fox 6 in Alabama reports that the couple had booked the church and distributed invitations only to find out that the church's congregation had decided that the Wilsons, an African American couple, could not tie the knot in their church.
"The church congregation had decided no black could be married at that church, and that if he went on to marry her, then they would vote [the pastor] out the church," Charles Wilson told Fox.
The Wilsons regularly attend the predominantly white church, though they are not members. Watch the video above to learn more.
Even though the U.S. elected its first African American president in 2008, and the Civil Rights movement was successful more than 40 years ago, the Deep South is still struggling with racism. In March, almost 30 percent of likely GOP voters polled said that they thought interracial marriage should be illegal.
Indeed Racism must be demolished and it starts by the demolition of facilities and infrastructure that still caters to it.
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