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December 6th, 2011
11:12 AM ET

Couple reacts to reverse on interracial couple ban

(CNN)–Stella Harville discusses Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church's decision to reverse a ban on interracial couples with CNN's Erin Burnett.

The problem began in June when Stella Harville, who grew up going to the Kentucky church, brought her fiance, Ticha Chikuni, who is black, to the small church, where on average about 40 people meet for Sunday worship.

Keith Burden, the executive secretary of the National Association of Free Will Baptists, told CNN on Monday, “We are genuinely sorrowful and repentant for what happened.”

“We hope to continue to work to try to prevent this from ever happening again.”

Read the full story of the church's ban on interracial couples here.
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Church

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    December 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  4. Boom Boom

    Ahhh. The Bible Belt. So Progressive....

    December 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
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    I wun dat boy sucking on my black kingSnake.

    December 7, 2011 at 8:17 am |
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    I bet he likes to wear her panties to church. I know I would!

    December 7, 2011 at 8:06 am |
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    He can have her. She is ugly, has frizzy hair, a briar patch between her legs and doggy style nippers. GROSS!!!

    December 7, 2011 at 7:58 am |
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    He looks like a mint chocolate chip. I want to pee in his face.

    December 7, 2011 at 7:56 am |
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    I bet they eat one anothers doo doo.

    December 7, 2011 at 7:55 am |
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    Your religion is built on fake and scam.. a positive step would be leaving religion

    December 7, 2011 at 3:49 am |
  11. mari

    Just a side point. There are many religions that practice true christianity. They do not use Race or Nationality when determining which congregants are following the teachings of Jesus Christ. He was the most impatial person to ever live on this Earth, true Christians strive to follow his example. Changing church doctrine doesn't change people's hearts. Look at the Mormon church. They have changed their doctrine regarding minorities, but the majority of the members still look down upon minorities.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  12. jwas1914

    I don’t understand how a church that claims to be a follower of Christ can vote against couples that are in interracial relationships. Where is the love that should have been the main point to consider with any of their parishioners that might have been against it? This is why the people have lost respect towards religion; things like this unfortunately make them question if in fact God supports such organization. This is one of the reasons why atheism is on the rise. It is clearly that this religion does not know God. “He that does not love has not come to know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). Last time I checked in verse 10 of this same chapter it states: “The love is in this respect, not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent forth his Son as a propitiatory sacrifice for our sins”. Take note that it does not say that his sacrifice was for a particular race. We are all God’s children no matter what racial background we come from. For a church to have the audacity to even meet for this foolishness has not come to know God and I can assure you that they will never receive God’s blessings. For anyone to follow such false religion is setting themselves up for failure. Please read your Bible daily.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      jwas1914, very well put however, I am a non-believers because I have no evidence that a God exist. The Church is now and has always been a "human" organization and therefor flawed. But consider the following: the only way we "believe" in God is because of the church (a flawed, human organization) how much Faith should you put into what they tell you as the truth?

      You may be thinking that God or the belief in God is beyond Churches but what would happen if all churches (Mosque, Synagogues etc...) closed? How long before we stopped believing (one generation two maybe as long as three). Then the God that you believe in will be no more (or less) important than Zeus, Ba'al' and Ancestors of the Aboriginals.

      December 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • Alfred E Neuman

      ..."I am a non-believers"... How many of you are you? Schitzo a little ?

      December 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  13. Nonimus

    Seriously... the "full article" link goes to the article from yesterday, http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/05/church-reverses-ban-on-interracial-marriages/ ???

    December 6, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  14. PeteDO

    And here I thought all this was already covered in the other article. With the hundreds of other articles you could have posted you picked this? Egad.

    December 6, 2011 at 11:28 am |
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