July 27th, 2012
10:10 PM ET

Black wedding rejected at white church

(CNN)–A day before their wedding a black couple is told they can't get married at a predominantly white church. WLBT reports.

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  1. Acts13:1

    Black people are hated all over the world. You say the N-word anywhere in the world and people know exactly what it represents. The N- Word is a byword and proverb all over the world. No other derogatory term for a people is more prevalent. That's why it says this in the Bible.

    Deuteronomy 28:37 King James Version (KJV)

    37 And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.

    It is important to realize Who these people are in relation to Ya. If you do research you will realize that they are Ya's inheritance. The true Israelites. Most in here won't be able to comprehend this fact. But for those who do not understand It is not in them to receive the truth. that is specifically why the bible is written in parables. Because the truth is not for.everyone. the united states of america with built on lies, and lies continue to fuel.this country. People would rather hear a reassuring lie than the uncomfortable truth. Just remember if it is the truth that will set you free, and the usa is build off of lies, does freedom really exist here?

    July 28, 2012 at 9:27 am |
    • Richard

      Atheists are always stirring up trouble.

      July 28, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • Mister Jones

      Since you have probably never left your county, I am guessing you've never crossed state lines. And I am willing to bet that you do not have a passport, so if you have never been all around the world, how do you know how people react to a word? And no, not everyone speaks English, so there are LOTS of places that would have NO idea what you are talking about. However, and oddly enough, the world is quite familiar with the concept of the pale-faced devil ....

      July 30, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  2. Scoto

    Way better than reality TV waiting to see what gaffes this globe trotting dope will make. Another Bush which the world hates

    July 28, 2012 at 9:25 am |
  3. ArthurP

    the truth is out

    Clever. An implied insult hidden in a comment. Very good. Did it make you feel Christian and righteous? Probably.

    July 28, 2012 at 9:12 am |
  4. dana roscoe

    Why do people think they own God's church? IT IS NOT THEIR CHURCH IT IS GOD'S.

    July 28, 2012 at 5:58 am |
    • Kebos

      Yes, and god is a racist! God needs to deal with his issues and grow up.

      July 28, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Says the nonbeliever who rejects Jesus' truth for satan's lies.

      July 29, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  5. Cynthia Googe

    It is not unusual or wrong to not wed couples who are not membership of the congregation. These days many couples have
    venue weddings. Were they denied membership to this congragation? If so, shame on you church!!! Membership to those who have met the qualifications. This is NOT the Chirstian way. But my church & many others will not Marry couples who are not members. To join the church you need a clear understanding of it's rites and rituals This requires study after which you are
    confirmed in the faith. You can transfer to another congregation.. but you must be confirmed. I have a problem which seems
    to be a trend. A couple thinks a church is " pretty" and will make a wonderful site for their Wedding Photos !! Was at least One
    a member of this congregation ? God deals harshly with ANY church that denies Menbership to those who have been prepared in the faith. Wouldn't it have made sense to JOIN a church & it's congregation before getting married? If they were members of the congratuon and denied a wedding service in Their OWN Church. That would be an outrage. If they were if they were planning to marry there would they not want to be members? Why didn't they just join the church? Then I do not see how they could have been denied.

    July 28, 2012 at 5:55 am |
    • Mirosal

      NO church is ever required to be married. We have several floral parks in my city where weddings are alawys booked. Lots of places to go to get married, and a church is only ONE of those places.

      July 28, 2012 at 6:31 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Mirosal, if those parks and city locations are booked solid, they'll turn away couples and ask them to rebook their event. It happens all the time.

      July 29, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  6. Tom

    So its ok for a church to refuse to marry a gay couple but it makes news when they refuse to marry black people? I dont support the churches decision not to marry this couple but if we allow churches not to marry gay couples based on the churches beliefs; then we have to respect their other beliefs in not allowing black people to get married.

    July 28, 2012 at 2:36 am |
    • sky

      well being gay is not correct in the bible..so why would any church allow gay marriage..if its not written.

      July 28, 2012 at 3:36 am |
    • rick

      sky: perhaps they are being christian

      July 28, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

      1 Timothy 1:9


      July 29, 2012 at 5:08 pm |

    The parish people need to boycott that church and the governor should not let them open their door for church services.

    July 28, 2012 at 2:18 am |
  8. b4bigbang

    I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV: "Oh yeah, that's right, I forgot, it was atheism that killed them, and not ruthless power-mad nutters bent on domination."

    Couldn't you say the same thing in reply to the 'Hitler was a Christian' posts?

    July 28, 2012 at 12:45 am |
  9. ArthurP

    Black Africans are pure Ho.mosapians where as White Europeans are Ho.mosapians – Neanderthal hybrids. Isn't genetics wonderful.

    July 28, 2012 at 12:25 am |
    • the truth is out

      This is true, has been proven that Africans interbreed and Europeans evolved.

      July 28, 2012 at 1:23 am |
    • ArthurP

      the truth is out

      We saw what you did. Clever. An implied insult hidden in a comment. Very good. Did it make you feel Christian and righteous? Probably.

      July 28, 2012 at 9:13 am |
  10. Flamespeak

    Why is this news? That is part of the bible belt, there are more churches than fast food joints in that area, It almost a sure thing that the couple could have walked a block (or less) and found a church that wouldn't have cared if they got married or not.

    Do you disagree with that particular churches actions? Then don't go there or support them.

    July 28, 2012 at 12:09 am |
  11. ArthurP

    According to genetic researchers 25% off all people in the United States who think they are pure white have at least 1 slave era black ancestor.

    July 28, 2012 at 12:03 am |
    • Flamespeak

      According to research, water doesn't combat dehydration.

      It is always a good idea to take nearly every study you see with a fistful of salt.

      July 28, 2012 at 12:13 am |
    • DavidG

      Thank you ArthurP for reminding people of that fact, awesome. It's true and we should embrace all the cultures that created us and get past this. BTW- shame on that church. It amazes me what cruel things "people of God" actually do to each other and others... Makes you think.

      July 28, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • Mister Jones

      @Flame – what research are you doing? If I am thirsty, I drink water, and I will not suffer the effects of dehydration. ... That is a pretty simple study, with not very much research, but you have evidence to dispute that? Please share. I am really curious as to what you are talking about.

      July 30, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  12. howart Dao

    The words of the NEW Testement: Love Thy neigbor as thy same color 😉

    July 28, 2012 at 12:02 am |
  13. Sam Yaza

    ahahahahah didn't i just say something about this

    "have the courage 2012

    to tell the qu eers NO !"
    flash foreword

    soo.. why is the main opponent of civil rights in US history always been Christianity?

    July 28, 2012 at 12:02 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>"soo.. why is the main opponent of civil rights in US history always been Christianity?"

      Yeah, the Black Churches and ones like Rev Martin Luther King were Christians and from the times of Slavery and the many African American churches that began the march from Slavery to Civil Rights.....

      ...since there so many African American Christians can you say that "Christians" were holding back. That's like that Whites were standing in the way of Civil Rights while ignoring all the Whites who worked for Civil Rights.

      July 28, 2012 at 1:08 am |
    • Jill

      The j.ews were the first to be deceived by satan. You atheists prove that they are still deceived.

      July 28, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • Sam Yaza

      dear Jill i'm a pagan not an atheist and i don't worship the god of destruction and deception; you do

      Mark from Middle River don't confuse the issues he but if you want to talk about Christians method of converting the conquers we can, any black man who is a christian is ether indoctrinated from birth or a traitor to their people, Christianity was the cause of slavery of the African, it was about religion,.. you see Christians could have just as easily enslaved the Moroccans or Nubians but because they were Muslim Jewish and Christian it was immoral, so they wen west and east to grab up the animals(pagans), god has giving them the right to own all animals and that all we pagans were to them, so they rounded us up and made us beast of burden, "pagans are sub-human, animals. and God gave us dominion over the beast" was the common sentiment at the time

      July 28, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Sam Yaza, you are twisting and contorting history as well as knowing that these Christians that owned slaves didn't read scriptures properly. For each generation, more of Jesus' truth is unveiled. Not every white person owned slaves. Most Europeans didn't come to the USA until the late 1800s, early 1900s. You don't even know who sold their own people to whom?

      July 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  14. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    And of course, it just had to be in Mississippi.

    Here's some 'virtual rotten tomatoes' to Crystal Springs, Miss, aka Tomatopolis.

    Where are Pastor, Dr. Stan Weatherford's cojones? A small group in the Church objected? Is he not the spiritual leader of the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs and able to follow the example we all would imagine Christ would set?

    July 27, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
  15. Terrence

    Just sayin is a liar and has no evidence for its god.

    July 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son


      July 27, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
    • just sayin

      Jesus of Nazareth. God bless

      July 28, 2012 at 7:19 am |
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    July 27, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
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      July 28, 2012 at 12:05 am |
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      July 28, 2012 at 12:37 am |
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      July 28, 2012 at 12:52 am |
  17. Margaret

    How very Christian of them.

    "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

    Let me know when atheists deny black people, interracial couples or LGBT people their right to marry, or any other basic human right.

    July 27, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
    • just sayin

      There is no comparison between racial equality and perverted sin. God bless

      July 27, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
    • jremcase

      Um...atheists deyniying rights....how about Lenin? Stalin? If it sounds like bringing up these famous atheists sounds like I'm playing a cheap trick, it's just to point out the problem of this kind of reasoning. To take the actions of a small percentage of one group and make them representative of everyone in that category is what is known as stereotyping. We don't really want to do that, do we?

      July 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
    • just sayin

      More people have been murdered by atheists in the last 100 years than were killed in all previous centuries. God bless

      July 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      There is no comparison between just lyin and a sack of elephant dung. Oh, wait...my mistake. They're quite similar in content and meaning, but the elephant dung is useful in gardening.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
    • Terrence

      False and you know better, given how often you are around here. Those killings were not done under any guidance of atheism, whereas both the bible and the koran demand murder.

      July 27, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
    • just sayin

      Those murdered would have lived full lives had it not been for atheism. God bless

      July 27, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, and now you're attempting to prophesy what would have been? You're incredible! The arrogance you exhibit is beyond hubris.

      Better watch your step, just lyin. Pride goeth before a fall, and based on your bloated posts, you're due for a crash course.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Oh yeah, that's right, I forgot, it was atheism that killed them, and not ruthless power-mad nutters bent on domination.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
    • just sayin

      Ruthless power mad nutters describes atheists perfectly. Thanks. God bless

      July 28, 2012 at 7:21 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Margaret, you do, but deny it as you point your fingers at Christians.

      July 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  18. Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

    Praise Jeebus.

    July 27, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
  19. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    July 27, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
    • Terrence


      July 27, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
    • just sayin

      True. God bless

      July 27, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
    • Terrence

      False. If you disagree, present your proof, or just go away if you can't.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
    • just sayin

      True. Salvation. God bless

      July 28, 2012 at 7:20 am |
  20. Cyndi Lauper

    Now you know their true colors.

    July 27, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
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