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. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    July 29, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • lib

      Everytime I read a comment from a white who says how racist Blacks are, I laugh! The only racist divisive folks in this country are the whites in this article and all the Obama haters who can't wait to find any opportunity to hate the president. This is the reason Blacks don't trust whites and can't get along with some of them. It is refreshing to see out younger generations are getting beyond racism. There will always be a few but I feel the majority of people in this country are trying to get past racism. I do have to say, for people who accuse the president of being divisive, No he isn't. It's the folks in congress like Mitch who started it all with his statement of a one term president.

      July 29, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • Jesus

      You're a proven liar. Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!^

      July 30, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  2. Name*kerry

    I saw someone said something about identifying real christans.....so this was a congregation of fake christians??? Are there really fake churches out here?.....that's pretty scary!!!

    July 29, 2012 at 7:11 am |
  3. Randy Johnson

    Wow – am I surprised?? Even the President of the United States still gets slurs – mostly from fat white people. But times are changing – hopefully with every new generation the Rush Limbachs are going to be more evident in their lame way of thinking. This is pretty sad in a nation that went to war in Iraq just because they had brown skin and wore turbins. Face it – the USA is still f*****D up but there is still hope

    July 29, 2012 at 2:59 am |
  4. Cynthia Googe

    Dear CNN thank you for your list of Naughty words. This will be most useful in future. I use them so often, I see I might be tripped up. How very clever of "Chronic Smoker"to say," African Americans are Made from GOD's poop.The addition of the letter P made all the difference.. Brilliant! As for,"they need to be herded into stinking cattle pens and summarily re- educated or recycled." A absolute work of genius. The author managed to offend the entire human race without a single censored word. Think of the years of study and practice required for this level of achievement. I must begin my study of these offense words straight away! I must expunge them from my vocabulary, lest I be caught out again. When learning a new word, it is helpful to know the mean. How to use it properly when speaking...correct pronunciation...appropriate usage in conversation etc. When a word is written you must assume the reader is alone. As there is no help available..the word must stand on it's own. Some words Thus essential for writing. I don't know the meaning of many words on the forbidden list, and in context many have than one meaning...this list is looking more and more formidable! You never know when soon may be too late! But 2:45 est it is never too early are too late to bake some Ginger Snaps. Something about the blending of Ginger and the Bergamot in Earl
    Grey is just what the Doctor ordered! Besides, life is much to presious and brief to waste learning something I will never use.

    July 29, 2012 at 2:58 am |
    • Chronic Smoker

      I want to splooge on Googe!! Here's to free speech. Ha.

      July 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  5. Ransom

    This fuels the atheist delusion.

    July 28, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What fuels yours, L/Clown/Unknown?

      July 28, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
  6. Cynthia Googe

    Dear CNN just want to be sure before I give up. There was a typo in my last comment. I said, " if you don't screen comments before they are posted, my heart is broken", it should have read, " If you Do screen comments before for they are posted my heart is broken. This comment and the one thanking.kindness for their eloquent words. Were originally posted one after the other. I checked back, and a comment about Freedom of speech was now between my 1st and 2nd comment. I am disabled.
    I don't have the strenght or resources to mount a fultile compain against CNN. I wouldn't even try if I was healthy. It just help me to know, then I could let it go. I am a sick woman. But I am fortunate to have this iPad. It saved my life! To be able to be in touch with people to get information and " Talk" to others. I have found a lovely bible study group and so many things. I have been out of touch with. I understand the importance of keeping the comment section on topic. I have seen ones where people have forgotten, the original question and turned into a bunch of idiots taking pot shots at each other. I just wanted to thank " kindness" for there thoughtful words. My 2 other comments were not foul or mean spirited. It would help me so much
    to know what is going on.

    July 28, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Cynthia Googe

      CNN uses WordPress blogs for their opinion pieces, and they use automated censoring that looks for words, or fragments of words, that are considered offensive. If your post doesn't show up, it most likely had a forbidden word in it.

      On the Belief Blog, repeat posts, even those that were previously censored and not displayed, will show a message stating that you posted it before.

      The following words or word fragments will get your post censored (list is incomplete):
            arse             as in Arsenal
            cock           as in cockatiel
            coon           as in cocoon
            cum             as in circumstance
            homo         as in homosexual
            poo           as in spooked
            rape         as in grape
            sex           as in homosexual
            spic         as in despicable
            tit               as in constitution or title
            vag           as in vague
            wonderful us

      To circumvent the filters you can break up the words by putting an extra character in, like: consti.tution (breaking the oh so naughty "tit").

      July 28, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      @ LinCA

      Thanks, L. that was mighty white of you.

      July 28, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Wow. Lame attempt at trolling.

      July 28, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
  7. Is It Me?

    Is it me or is he like 30 years older than she is? Just saying

    July 28, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • Alejandro

      When I saw the picture, I thought it was the bride and her dad 😉

      July 28, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Satan

      Banging that tight young pussahhhh.

      July 29, 2012 at 1:28 am |
  8. Cynthia Googe

    Dear CNN, if you really don't screen comments before the are posted.... My heart is broken. I will make no more attempts..

    July 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • Timmuh

      Freedom of speech is solely for protecting the rights of those who have something unpopular to say. I applaud CNN for allowing everyone to enter the public discourse.

      July 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • Satan

      I wish you would both lube your butt with Crisco and slowly squat your hovering come reciprocals on to wine bottles.

      July 29, 2012 at 1:31 am |
  9. Cynthia Googe

    Dear Kindness, if by some chance they post this, I want to Thank you for living up to you name. It was greatly appreciated.

    July 28, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
  10. TR6

    Christians lost what little claim they had left to the moral high ground when they started bombing abortion clinics and killing doctors; but, this is an amazing low even for them. It’s 2012 not 1912. You have lost this argument; even the Sothern Baptists have admitted they were wrong. If I was still a Christian I would feel so ashamed of my religion right now.

    Apparently the “we are all brothers in Christ” Is not a universal Christian belief

    July 28, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • nottolate


      In you hatred and zeal to malign you forgot the obvious: They are not authentic Christians. See my other post this page.

      July 28, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • Scott

      I was born into a Christian home. I was raised a christen andremained a Christians for years. Having attended many different Christian churches and met many, many Christians I can assure you that this is “authentic Christian behavior” although not the kind they often show in public.

      July 28, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • TR6

      @ nottolate:”In you hatred and zeal to malign”

      Please explain which parts of my post indicated “hatred and zeal”?
      Have Christians not “bombed abortion clinics”? Have they not “killed doctors”? Is it not “2012”? Didn’t the Sothern Baptists just “admit they were wrong”?
      Or is this just another example of a Christian, embarrassed by the truth, trying to slither out of it by proclaiming that truth is “hatred and zeal”?

      July 28, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
    • nottolate


      "'Please explain which parts of my post indicated “hatred and zeal”'?


      "Christians lost what little claim they had left to the moral high ground when they started bombing abortion clinics and killing doctors; but, this is an amazing low even for them."

      The problem with that statement is you do not have the power to so much as positively id an authentic Christian. Is God indwelling you? Answer: No. Therefore you don't have that ability. Only an authentic Christian can identify another. So for you know the killing of doctors were done by the merely religious and is positively the case. Hence your zeal in falsely accusing us. We have no such doctrine to kill the unrighteous.

      "If I was still a Christian I would feel so ashamed of my religion right now."

      Well you never were a Christian in the first place. What, you think can just walk away being sealed? Authentic Christians are chosen personally by God and are sealed by him. That means you're really not going anywhere even if you felt like you wanted to being disgruntled or going through some tribulation. We don't choose him, he chooses us. And all that he gives to the Son remain the possession of the Son's forever. And just like all unbelievers you belong to Satan. There is an inherent hatred for Christians in that.

      July 28, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
    • nottolate


      I was born into a Christian home. I was raised a christen andremained a Christians for years. Having attended many different Christian churches and met many, many Christians

      You to aren't born again and you're lying.

      July 28, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      nottoobright, your posts are absolutely laughable.

      Ever hear of the "No true Scotsman" fallacy?

      Look it up. You're full of crap.

      July 29, 2012 at 12:53 am |
    • Ransom

      One person or a group does not speak for the rest.

      July 29, 2012 at 8:40 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Carnal ego, blinding the sinner.

      July 29, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Scott, the article doesn't mention any facts. We don't even know if the couple are Christians. We don't know if they refused to provide the church (for church records) their birth certificates, we don't know if they refused to attend premarital counseling together and by themselves (that's at least a few weeks). We don't know if the church was booked that day. We don't know if their parent(s) or guardians knew of their plans to get married and also weren't able to attend the counseling sessions because they weren't told. There's a lot the church needs to do prior to conducting the ceremony.

      July 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  11. Jack

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    July 28, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
  12. Chronic Smoker

    African Americans are made from God's poop.

    July 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • Alejandro

      What about just Africans?

      July 28, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • Anne

      And whites are dried up poop?! Mhhh, least blacks are freesshh!

      July 29, 2012 at 5:22 am |
    • Anne

      How old are you anyway? Like 2? Sounds like something a toddler would say. Satan? Rigghhhtt.. you should change that to another S word. Stupid. Grow up and get a job.

      July 29, 2012 at 5:29 am |
  13. The Head Toucher

    This church is not down with the crack, homies.

    July 28, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • lib

      Guess it's a meth church

      July 29, 2012 at 11:52 am |
  14. Talk to Sampson

    Apparently, this church does not serve collard greens or fried chicken.

    July 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
  15. Super Shocker

    Republicans Rule!!!

    July 28, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Because of African American Republicans !!! 😀

      July 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  16. nottolate

    This church has far deeper issues. Namely, why are there members of the church who are not even born again in the first place? A little leaven leavens the whole lump. Authentic Christians can distinguish between those who are born again and those who are not. What should have happened is those members who objected should have been given an opportunity to repent, and given a chance to finally come to Christ and stop their pretending as though they were authentic. Had they refused to repent then they should have been immediately excommunicated and the wedding should have taken place as scheduled. I also question whether this pastor is even fit to shepherd having not taken the action above.

    July 28, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      Congregation's probably all Billy Idol fans – white wedding anyone?

      July 28, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  17. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    July 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • no nothing

      Yes prayer, as we pray on the week.

      July 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • no nothing

      that is prey on the weak.

      July 28, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • truth be told

      @no nothing
      You sure are no rocket scientist are you.
      Stupid will lead you into atheism.

      July 28, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
  18. Satan

    Christians do my evil bidding every day. They are worse than most Satanists...

    July 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  19. it's a nice day for a . . . . . black weddinnnnng!

    it's a nice day to . . . . . start agaaaaaaaaaaain!

    July 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  20. EJ

    Get a good attorney and sue for the amount of the entire wedding! They'll settle because its egregious. Its racist too, but that's not illegal in this instance. Wow, that's mighty Christian of them, isn't it?

    July 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • nottolate


      "Get a good attorney and sue for the amount of the entire wedding!"

      That is bad counsel. That is not how we operate.

      July 28, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
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