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Black couple's wedding turned away from Miss. Baptist church

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WEDDING TURNED AWAY: From this church.
  • WEDDING TURNED AWAY: From this Crystal Springs, Miss., Baptist church.
I hold fast to the idea that the world is changing for the better, if incrementally, when it comes to tolerance for minorities — be they ethnic, racial or sexual.

But then, you read about a black couple discouraged from marrying in a Baptist Church in Mississippi, CNN reported.

Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson had planned to marry this month at the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs in Mississippi, but were asked at the last minute to move.

Their pastor, Stan Weatherford, made the request on behalf of some congregants who didn't want to see the couple married there, according to CNN affiliate WLBT. He performed the ceremony at a nearby church.

"This was, had not, had never been done here before so it was setting a new (precedent) and there were those who reacted to that," Weatherford told WLBT.

"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. I wanted to make sure their wedding day was a special day," he reportedly said.

Special? The word unfortunately reminds me too readily of the phrase "special privileges," which some self-avowed Christian conservatives invoke as a trump card whenever despised minorities mention words like "equal treatment." You want equal treatment, you can look, love, worship and speak like these Christians. Otherwise, get lost.

Here's more from the Clarion-Ledger on the story behind the black couple's involvement with the church and the ongoing community controversy. It'll soften you some toward the pastor, I think, if not toward the anonymous church members holding fast to the color line.

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