US church says no to black couple

2012-07-29 08:39

Washington - A Mississippi couple got the shock of their lives when the pastor at the church they attended told them the wedding they planned could not be held there because they are black, ABC television reported on Saturday.

Pastor Stan Weatherford told the network there had never been a wedding for blacks at the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, since it was opened in 1883.

He said some of the white congregatrion so virulently opposed the wedding of Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson, who are black, that they threatened to have him fired.

Weatherford, a pastor who is white, offered to wed the Wilsons down the road at a mostly black church, he told the network.

"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.

The would-be groom told WAPT that the couple intended to join the church as members after their wedding, which was planned for 20 July. Until they got the bad news that forced them to move their ceremony to another church where it was held on 21 July.

Locals voiced shock at the pastor's move.

"That church was their home," said local resident Theresa Norwood, 48. "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," she said.

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-07-29 08:57

    Difference between the US and SA - if the same happened here, the church would've been burned down, the pastor and his congregation pelted with stones, and songs of machine guns and bullets would've been sung. Racism is everywhere

      diran.pillay - 2012-07-29 09:19

      You think they only burn,murder and rape in our country? America is dangerous with there own murderers,racist and rapist

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-07-29 09:59

      @Tiaan - if what you said is true then very few churches in SA would still be standing...I agree with you on one thing, racism is everywhere, but that does not make it right, it does not mean everybody support it and it does not mean nothing should be done about it.

      jewel.moyana - 2012-07-29 10:04

      In kempton park ,joburg is a church that politely turns away black people ! Still waiting to see crowds singing songs of machine guns and stoning the pastor.

      wesleywt - 2012-07-29 10:10

      Holy crap. How did Tiaan turn this into racism against whites. This guy must seriously move to Canada. We don't need scum like this here.

      jack.oosthuysen - 2012-07-29 10:56

      Once again fodder for the atheists and non believers.

      juicecard.tshaka - 2012-07-29 10:59

      Serves him right! Why abandon his folks just across the road?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-07-29 11:11

      Firstly I shows how racist the USA is and secondly, if it happened in reverse here, the couple, who would then be white, would be told to 'go home to Europe'... maybe they should 'go home to Africa'... No I don't condone nor mean that, I am just highlighting the difference.

      pisciotta - 2012-07-29 15:34

      Tiaan - I must admit this news shocked me. I grew up during segregation, I was somewhat persecuted for being a Jew, but not as bad as being a Black. Still I thought this sort of behavior was over. Americans are now targeting illegal Mexicans for the most part - that is in the southwest. This happened in the "deep-south" where Blacks still "mind their place" as it where. Had it been NYC or Chicago, I would suspect there would be protests. Not guns, but a hell of alot of protests with Jesse Jackson in a wheel-chair leading the march. The church has since pubically issued as statement that they do not discriminate. Seems it was a small minority of the congregation that opposed this marriage. The couple had attended the church, but were not yet members. Doubt they will be. But they would be welcomed in my Synagogue - even as Christians.

      siyanda.msoki.5 - 2012-07-29 16:19

      we not burning down the church but the symbol of racism

      james.rossouw - 2012-07-29 17:32

      Hey Riaan "Racists" they are the people that claim Germany,UK,Denmark Sweden are superior to Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia. Africa has already infected Italy {South} Spain, Portugal.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-07-29 23:25

      I have to laugh at religion at this point. Oh wait, I always do... hahaha!

      thurlo.cicero - 2012-07-31 08:56

      So Tiaan its ok to make money out of the greater South African population but when it comes to people - is that what you see? Interesting. And this is why we have problems in SA. Tiaan is the MD of SHARE: SHARE is the acronym for Social Health And REsponsibility. The vision and mission of SHARE transcends culture, race, ethnicity, religion, and gender, and is rooted in community activism.

      nadineelvina.francis - 2012-07-31 10:48

      God is for all races , moron - If this happened in SA and the church was burned to the ground - I would have helped them burn it. This couple should take this issue to the White house and have that miserable paster removed. Cannot believe the people that gave you a thumbs up for your racist comment.

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-07-29 09:03

    If that was here it would just be everyday news.

      kim.buren - 2012-07-29 09:09

      Would never have got to print. LOL

      mthetheleli.ntshobololo.1 - 2012-07-29 09:13

      @opinionater,What are you talking about? its everyday news in the US(where it happened)

  • janebraker - 2012-07-29 09:08

    It's an awful thing to happen to a couple in love. How about we focus on that, instead of pushing our own stupid agendas.

      Bahle Mathe - 2012-07-29 09:21

      You can say that again

      Bahle Mathe - 2012-07-29 09:23

      You can say that again

      Bahle Mathe - 2012-07-29 09:23

      You can say that again

      grant.cloete.9 - 2012-07-29 12:04

      And once more.

      king.rasta.583 - 2012-07-29 15:34

      and again

      JManAtheoi - 2012-07-30 10:08

      Again. Typical. Hypocrites

  • isabel.ashe.7 - 2012-07-29 09:08

    Gee and they Talk about South Africa... What a JOKE.. we see Racism in America than SA.. Sad world we live in...

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-07-29 09:08

    The unbelievers who comment on this forum on relgious matters are again fully vindicated.

      ianingwe - 2012-07-29 11:27

      Wonder which is worse marring the black couple or a same sex couple?

      merven.halo - 2012-07-30 13:07

      @ingwe I'll guess a gay black couple?

  • daniel.v.wyk - 2012-07-29 09:08

    This is just going to cause a negative vibe! :( here we go again!

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-29 13:28

      Yip and now all the whities in SA will be blamed !!

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-07-29 09:10

    Religion.... the reason why apartheid was "justified" and perpetuated in our country. But if you really look at it fairly - its not religion that is the root of all evil - but people who taint the interpretation with their own prejudices.

  • diran.pillay - 2012-07-29 09:10

    Why are there so much racist in our world! Why can't we just get along.

  • Paul R. Gonsalves - 2012-07-29 09:11

    @Tiaan. Hope u see the irony in what ur saying.

  • heinrich.swart.3 - 2012-07-29 09:15

    'We cannot get married here because, guess what sweetie, we're black.. Well here in SA we have to tell our kids, we cannot get work here because, guess what sweetie, we're white. That doesn't make the news here, why does this? Wrong is wrong, discrimination should be abolished EVERYWHERE.

      neil.nkuna - 2012-07-29 13:02

      Its hard 2 get a job as a white person in SA, its even harder as a black person. You have it nice and you still complain.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-07-29 15:33

      It's not our fault. Blame your government which doesn't foster a pro-business climate in our country. It's mos counter revolutionary. Bla bla the DA is pro-business... The DA is pro-capitalist... Bla bla. No, being pro-business creates opportunities for enterpreneurs to start and grow businesses, to employ and empower people. And there are only so many white people. At some stage black people will by definition also benefit regardless of the skin colour of the founder of the business or the manager or whoever. Instead, we use BEE and AA to force sharing, instead of CREATING MORE. Let's see the sharing once the cow has been milked DRY. Secondly, control population growth, and you'll eventually make sure everyone gets a job, has real opportunities, and more. There's more about JOBS than WHITE or BLACK. Stop complaining. Vote in a government that can bring change not through ideology but through real good governance. That will get you at least 50% there. Stop complaining and have a good Sunday.

      merven.halo - 2012-07-30 13:09

      That is bull neil, you've got AA and BEE and black scholarships for your ilk.

  • - 2012-07-29 09:25

    Like in SA, this is a minute fraction of the white population. I wouldn't want to call all their whites racist. Just a lunatic fringe of rightwingers. Every forest has its own poisonous snakes and spiders.

      Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-29 10:30


  • tony.naidoo - 2012-07-29 09:28

    Minister of the Word. Mandated by God. Need to hire some testicles and change the world!

  • dirk.cordier.1 - 2012-07-29 09:35

    As a christian I am sad to hear this! I am surprised that no one has criticized christianity yet! (-: This guy should not be a pastor if he cannot stand up again racism in his church! It is better to loose your job by standing up for the truth then keeping your job and moving further away from the truth"Jesus". Sadly this is a bad reflection on christianity! I hope this couple will find a better church, a church focused on Christ!

      Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-29 10:29

      Dirk, the reason why people have not commented on Christianity is coz this pastor does not represent religion!! You will just attract non believers to start attacking religion.

  • sango.jika - 2012-07-29 09:37

    bloody racist church

      king.rasta.583 - 2012-07-29 15:45

      sure mfowethu

  • rudolphreichel - 2012-07-29 09:45

    Just shocking

  • lester.nel - 2012-07-29 09:51

    must be a hillbilly hick church.Thats all i have to say about that.

      Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-29 11:19

      Nothing to do with churches dude, hence the article! It's something unusual!

  • Nicorien Le Roux - 2012-07-29 09:59

    Hey Preacher! Did you fall on you head man?

      merven.halo - 2012-07-30 13:11

      I don't think it is the preacher, as he said, they church members will fire him. Look like they choose their preachers as they choose their sherifs.

  • Makhavele - 2012-07-29 10:00

    This world is invaded by racism. When the Christians fail to fight agaisnt racism, who will?

      Nicorien Le Roux - 2012-07-29 10:05

      You are right. But religion is the true culprit. I am ashamed to say that apartheid was build on religion.

      Nicorien Le Roux - 2012-07-29 10:39

      Yes Kenny, I agree. Evil people use religion as a very successful tool, because it was sooo available. And you know what. In the name of patriotism. I was one of them.

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-30 11:36

      Us non xtians will and do Makhavele, almost every human attrocity has been done by man in their gods name. with denial and finger pointing being served right after, or that its the work of satan, easy to cop out when the person to blame is invisible, will never be seen or brought to justice.

  • fdalana - 2012-07-29 10:05

    church is a manmade institution.

      fdalana - 2012-07-29 10:15

      and religion is a lifestyle.

      dirk.cordier.1 - 2012-07-29 10:23

      Wonderful if you believe that, but don't look at a bad church that has no desire to follow Jesus, and forget to look at another church down the road that serves and loves the community! People has sadly done the craziest things in Christs name. That is why it is vital to live close to Jesus and therefor hearing him and following his ways and not our own views! The church is the people. People makes up the church. And man is made of God so you almost right buddy.

  • Deirdre1938 - 2012-07-29 10:05

    This incident has nothing to do with religion. It is about who pays the piper. The"rats" are the congregation of this church who pay the Pastor to run the church,therefore they have the "right" to say who can be married in this church.Obviously this Pastor has not been able to teach the Christian way to his congregation. On this I think he should be fired.

      dirk.cordier.1 - 2012-07-29 10:14

      That is the challenge with a democratic self governing church!

  • johnny.potatoes61 - 2012-07-29 10:06

    Nothing new here. Fundies have always been like this.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-29 10:09

    racism at its best. just not allowed in South Africa.

  • peter.matimatjatji1 - 2012-07-29 10:11

    I was just thought it something that previously happened in south africa during the apartheid era!! SO, USA MUST BE CAREFUL WHEN THIS KIND OF THINGS HAPPENING IN THEIR COUNTRY HEY!!! SHAME!!!!!!

      louis.nolte.3 - 2012-07-29 11:19

      Yes they should. A government might take over that reverses all the policies instead of correcting past 'mistakes'.

  • busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-07-29 10:16

    Mugabe is 100% right

      merven.halo - 2012-07-30 13:12

      With the fact the Europe makes the best suits?

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-29 10:16

    only difference between SA and US, they weren't stupid enough to give it a name 'apartheid'.

      phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-07-29 11:44

      They called it segregation.... same thing...

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-07-29 10:19

    Racism at its best.Black people in American have been dicriminated for many decades.A pastor cannot allow a people to get married in his church because they are black.Its a disgrace.Shame on you American people

  • Dumehlezi - 2012-07-29 10:24

    Blacks should desist associating or befriending racists.

  • jonathan.rufasha - 2012-07-29 10:37

    These whites they never change. ? Surely in this day and age 2012? ???What they don't know is that we are the same under this pigment. RACIST SLUTS. MAY THE WHOLE CONGREGATION BURN IN ETERNAL HELL? May the building fall to rubble. Amen

      phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-07-29 11:46

      Eish my broe... such hate...

  • aomtshiselwa - 2012-07-29 10:41

    Halleluya. Amen

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-07-29 10:45

    Ooo no,Unbeliavably pathetic so called pastor without love which he always preach.

  • aomtshiselwa - 2012-07-29 10:49

    Halleluya. Amen

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-07-29 10:50

    this is the kind of stuff that makes atheists jump with joy lol goshhhhhh....seem the pastor was more concerned about losing his job than doing the right thing...Colossians 3:12-14 ''Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion,kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on Love, which binds them all together in perfect unity''....

      merven.halo - 2012-07-30 13:16

      "Forgive as the Lord forgave" As he forgave Sodom?

  • muofhe.mutelemutobvu - 2012-07-29 10:53

    dis is sick man.what kind of pastor is he?i thought in God dere was no colour.what kind of gospel does he preach?

  • Pridie Makoya Mnguni - 2012-07-29 10:56

    Racism still alive like 2pac said

  • sbudesh1 - 2012-07-29 11:01

    or a secound I thought white south africans were the only race who regarded themselves as better human beings and it terns out that I was wrong.they think they are god or maybe they are, that's why they came with only a bible that they wrote in SA to teach us about themselves and how we should worship them. When they came to SA they had a bible and we had the land and at the end of the day they had the land and we had the bible, all the people in the bible are white but they say we were made from the same image,there is no god for the black man \black man you are on your own\(steven biko) I'm confused and angry at the same time.

      louis.nolte.3 - 2012-07-29 11:10

      This is a US issue, why are you making it a South African thing again? Oh and the Bible does not come from whites in Europe - get your facts straight. \r\n\r\nI wonder if any of us that go to church would agree with what happened in the US - I certainly don't and I can guarantee you that none of my white friends do. But seeing that you want to make it a South African issue, maybe you should do and read what Nelson Mandela envisioned for South Africa and how it has become exactly the opposite with all of the exclusion policies that your government has introduced to oppress the minorities in this country.\r\n\r\nThere we go, now we're completely off the topic of this article like you wanted.

      somikazi.pita - 2012-07-29 14:46

      Yes Louis, the same 'minority' that owns the most land in this country...the same 'minority' that oppressed the 'majority' of this country for many many years...just think about it, natives of this country had to walk around carrying 'dompass' or face detention in their own have the nerve!

      jacqui.c.baumgardt - 2012-07-29 16:58

      Please don't talk rubbish, Sbudesh.

      merven.halo - 2012-07-30 13:18

      "natives of this country had to walk around carrying 'dompass' or face detention in their own country..." And the murder stats were one of the lowest in the world, go and figure. Anyway, the Khoi San is the natives, stop riding on their horse.

  • tebogo.makaneta - 2012-07-29 11:06

    It's a cold cold world we live in, Pastor Stan. No hard feelings if they never come back. You are a known coward who can't stand for the truth Pastor Stan. People like you make christianity seem like a bad thing. No wonder Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth said that not everyone who calls Him lord shall see the Kingdom of God.

  • Pridie Makoya Mnguni - 2012-07-29 11:06

    then u ask How many Christians will go to heaven? In Nov 2011 in Kentucky church,US a native Zimbabwean and her white gf were banned from that church because they didnt want interracial married couples

  • ako.gutshwa.7 - 2012-07-29 11:15

    Racism at its best even in the so called Holy place, this is very bad and very sad how can a pastor say something like that, what kind of bible are they reading is it different from ours? It's these kinds of behavior which chase people away from church. The so called servants of the christ jesus actually are devil's servants. Sis!

      Jbyej Junaid Itaintaday - 2012-07-29 12:11

      Jesus was never white by the way! Read ur bible properly

      neil.nkuna - 2012-07-29 12:53

      The Bible seems to support racism and they can use it to support racism.

      ako.gutshwa.7 - 2012-07-29 13:45

      @Junaid to me it doesn't really matter if jesus was black,white or pink what matters were his teachings on morals. His taechings were not about being black or white, to me that doesn't really make sense

  • louis.nolte.3 - 2012-07-29 11:16

    Thanks to everyone who is keeping this topic to the issue of the US pastor and not making it a South African racist issue like some. Its disgusting that a church is called as such when they implement such policies. Just shows you how little people understand about God.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-29 11:16

    Wow, god's children up in arms over this issue, hypocrical really. What if it had been a gay couple? Then god's love suddenly knows bounds?

  • Fixzoza - 2012-07-29 11:21

    Let me tell you what would Jesus do,He would burn that church down by the way I don't think He has ever been in that church at all because it contradicts everything about Him.

  • ianingwe - 2012-07-29 11:33

    I see many who would never accept a same sex union criying racism here! This is discrimination plain and simple and should be condemned in all instances!

  • tebogo.moche.3 - 2012-07-29 11:43

    Now that Is the Deep South for you! As racist as ever! If you expect those rednecks to stop hating black people, then it's going to be a vety long wait! It probably will last until the Day of Judgement! Then they will have to answer to the Creator! What a daunting prospect!

  • Byron - 2012-07-29 11:57

    why is this even news?

  • phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-07-29 11:57

    Using the Church to promote your own distorted view, then hiding behind the fact that you might/will loose your job... disgusting. If the bassis of his religion...Jesus... did the same, there would be no job for him... grow some and stand up for what is right... but then again, he will have to explain his actions, the moment he gets to the great white pearly gates.... think he might go visit the man with the fork...

  • prophetessbernadette.howard.3 - 2012-07-29 12:13

    God created us in His image and looks at the heart!!! not the color of one skin!!! this rascist bizz is so old school and primitive.stan I think you need to seriously repent off you actions!

  • mrp721 - 2012-07-29 12:14

    That church will have a lot to answer for, they are certainly not true Christians, what do people think, that once we move on to heaven (if we that lucky) people are going to be seperated by their skin colour, culture etc... Wake up people!!! Glad i'm not going to be in that pastor's shoes when he stands before the Almighty one day... Geee let me keep the people happy instead of God, yeah right, good choice... A lot of people will be in for a very rude awakening when they die one day...

      phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-07-30 07:12

      If it wasnt so sad, it is one of the funny things about Apartheid.... we have the calling to convert all, and once converted we are all brothers and sisters in JC.... but dont come to my church, because you have a different colour... and then to add insult to injury... no-ways are you allowed to be burried in the same grave-yard.

  • reagan.titus.5 - 2012-07-29 12:15

    Wtf there's no discRimination against color in the eyes of God

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-07-29 12:26

    DOES THE PASTER KNOWS THAT JESUS IS NOT WHITE..???does he knows that christianity started in the middle east and not in europe??

      pisciotta - 2012-07-29 17:21

      Storm: The Caucasoid (white)race includes Aryan, Semitic (Jesus and me)and Hamitic. As for Christinity the word itself derives from Greek. The religion first had its collective founding under Constintine. Up until Constintine's control it was a disjointed group of many ideas mostly Gentile and incorporated much of the Greek and Roman mythology that had come into the region. There was however a small sect of Jewish followers who didn't buy into diety of Jesus, virgin birth, abandonment of Torah, and the teachings of Paul. That group was called the Ebionites. The name is from the Hebrew word for poor: ???????. They were wiped out by the Gentile Christians. Politically Jews were free from the worship of Caesar as a diety. When Gentiles started to believe Jesus was their Messiah they believed somehow they were part of Israel. They then clammored for freedom against the forced worship of Caesar. That caused a scare and serious division between Jews and Gentiles. Jews didn't want to loose their right to worship only one diety. The rest is history. But bottom line, Christianity is a Gentile religion formulated under the leadership of Rome. Later breaking off into a multitude of diverse factions. Facinating study if you are interested and unbiased when doing the study.

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-07-29 12:45

    Well living in Limpopo, I see racism all the time, but the only time I make a big deal about it is if I'm really humiliated, not little incidents of offense