Kentucky church bans interracial couples

Kentucky church bans interracial couples

By The Admin on December 2, 2011

A tiny all-white Appalachian church in rural Kentucky has voted to ban interracial couples from joining its flock, pitting members against each other in an argument over race.

Members at the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church voted Sunday on the resolution, which says the church “does not condone interracial marriage.”

The church member who crafted the resolution, Melvin Thompson, said he is not racist and called the matter an “internal affair.”

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Comment by VKN on December 6, 2011 at 3:17am

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- An eastern Kentucky church under a firestorm of criticism since members voted to bar mixed-race couples from joining the congregation overturned that decision Sunday, saying it welcomes all believers.

Stacy Stepp, pastor of the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church in Pike County, told The Associated Press that the vote by nine people last week was declared null and void after it was determined that new bylaws can't run contrary to local, state or national laws. He said the proposal was discriminatory, therefore it couldn't be adopted.

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Comment by Gina on December 4, 2011 at 8:52pm

Wow, some things just don't surprise me.  How quick folks will say they are not racist.  My thing is if the Pastor was against the resolutin, then why did he allow the church (his congregation) to vote on such an idiot outlandish resolution.  Did the Pastor vote also???  So, it's okay to visit but not okay to become a part of their congregation and represent their church.  I wonder what kind of bible they are reading???

Comment by VKN on December 4, 2011 at 8:10pm

Did Herman Cain stir this up ?

Comment by Alva H. Griffith on December 4, 2011 at 7:38pm

Not really surprising, except this guy had the gall to go public.  (Actually I prefer his type of honest racism - you know where you stand.)  From what little I've read, it seems that Thompson was the previous pastor there, and recently stepped down.  Now that they have a new pastor, perhaps Thompson may be trying to control things once again.  I wonder if he had handled things in a more subtle way, whether he might have gotten his wish.  Every time society begins to act like it thinks racism is dead, something jumps out of the bushes and bites you.  And because this is "rural" doesn't change a thing.

Comment by Barbara Ellison on December 4, 2011 at 3:07pm
You got to be kidding me..

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