July 30th, 2012
08:30 AM ET

Church refuses to marry black couple in Mississippi

(CNN) - Hurt. Devastated. Crushed.

Those are words an African-American couple used to describe how they felt when they were forced to change the venue of their wedding because of their race.

"Because of the fact that we were black, some of the members of the congregation had got upset and decided that no black couple would ever be married at that church," Charles Wilson told CNN on Sunday night.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Genesis

    I used to be entirely perplexed as to how one-third of Heaven's angels could be convinced to follow Lucifer and lose their place with GOD. After reading most of these ad hominem yet damining attacks on our creator I am no longer in wonder.

    July 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  2. Moby Schtick

    Question to christians:

    Why does racism offend you when the existence of hell doesn't?

    July 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  3. Sam Yaza

    hahaha that what you get for following the god who enslaved your people

    July 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  4. jimmer

    Just one more notch in the "why religion sucks" belt.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  5. just sayin

    HeavenSent said, "Did they take their blood test and let the church know they have completed said tests?"
    They still doing this in the South? LOL rule out that inbred risk. LOL

    July 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  6. joe sarr

    Mississippi and Alabama are rear end of USA,what do you accept? just noises

    July 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • just sayin

      The South is like a 3rd world country at times...ignorant, slow and dumb. In some way perhap sit would be best letting them leave the Union. Let them be to f their own children, sisters, brothers etc.

      July 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  7. Ransom

    Non-belief does not save anymore.Therefor,atheism is not a logical choice.

    Its all lies.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Jack

      What up unkown/clown question bro/what's a brony? I dig the new handle. Care to define "save" for us?

      July 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • sam

      Here's our adorable resident troll with a new nickname, going article to article and posting exactly the same pointless thing. Predictable.

      July 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  8. bdubbs1971

    More proof for me that the "holy spirit" does not exist and therefore Christianity is a false religion. If this mythical ghost did exist and did what the Christian bible says, then this racist crap would never happen. OR, the Christian god really does favor white people and hate black people. Either way, I see it as a big, fat, dangerous lie and this "god" is not worthy of my time or respect. I've seen way too many lives damaged because some used-car salesman preacher gets up and says nonsense to either get money or political power. If their god did exist, then Christians wouldn't get away with this mess. And this "they aren't real Christians" nonsense is hot air, as well.

    Let say you have a message you want to put out to people. "Soylent Green is people". You hire some messengers to spread the message. They put out the message "Mean Joe Green eats people". So, you find out that your messengers were screwing up the message. Would you call them back in and fix the message or perhaps put out an ad that says the true "Solyent Green is people" message while apologizing for the mixup? Or would you just allow the wrong message to be perpetrated? Which one is the more responsible course? I've seen nothing but 2,000 years of a message being corrupted in one form or another, each building on the previous corruption, so that now the "gospel" is some form of cancer-ridden message of hate. From "love your neighbors and love god" to "vote Republican, hate gay people, give us your money and women and minorities are second class citizens who need to learn 'personal responsibility'". Yet, NO DEITY has come off their high, heavenly horse to fix the message and I'm supposed to believe in this ineffective and negligent god? Please. If you feel that talking to yourself, submitting to some failed salesman's poor excuse for leadership, and giving up your money to build a building that somehow takes YEARS to build (while your pastor somehow has the money to build an underground garage or buy the latest Jaguar) is the way to go, good for you. If you somehow think that pedophilia is less important than a woman's right to contraception, then go ahead, believe and let your kids become altar boys. But, don't tell me that this is "the truth". For you, perhaps, since you have all that money to waste and your believe in some imaginary friend and his ridiculous rules are more important than your family. Perhaps we should look into limited churches as well as limited government?

    July 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • bdubbs1971

      Oops... "perpetuated" not "perpetrated". Sorry! (And THAT, dear Christians, is taking responsibility for your message).

      July 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  9. Art from Mass

    Just proof once again that there is a lot in inbreeding going on in Mississippi.

    As I said to my Evangelical relative from TX who wants to talk seccession. The only way TX can secceed is if they take MS and Louisiana with them. Imagine the increase in the average IQ if those 3 states left the union.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  10. 007isalive

    They are Christians ,why they have been declined to be benefited from this sacred blessings.? so what if they are black.they are human beings.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Now replace the word "black' with "gay" and you'll begin to know what compassion is.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • 007isalive

      @ Doc vestibule.
      Black, White. Brown, Gay, Lesbian all grow well in your fertile soil , these all blossom in your favorable climate.you are the best farmer of selecting these seeds to sow in your field.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • sam

      @007 – the bible was often used in the old days to drum up reasons as to why black people were not human beings. Or christians. Or more than slaves to be used by the 'good' god fearing folk of the time.

      But now they're ok. I guess. The bible didn't change...but somehow now it's ok. Most of the time. There are some people who still have a problem with it.

      Now, those pesky gays! The bible is totally clear about them. LOL

      July 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • derp

      The book of Mormon is pretty darn clear on how to treat dark skinned people.

      July 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  11. A Frayed Knot

    " All legal records, birth record being one of them, have a legal seal on them to prove authenticity of the record."

    These would be called "certified", not "sealed" ("seal-bearing" might work, but "sealed" does not).

    July 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • A Frayed Knot

      darn, it - was supposed to be a reply below - sorry

      July 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  12. Prince

    They could get married at the westborough church and Fred Phelps will solemnize their wedding. Although the phelps family openly hate LGBTs, they love and support black people and has offered free legal service to the black community.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Well, the Bible doesn't say anything against black people, so you can understand Phelps' position. That being said, the Bible also has some stern opposition to eating shellfish, yet I don't think I've ever seen a Phelps sign that says "God hates shellfish eaters".

      July 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  13. Craig

    I think this is horrendous – but whats the difference between this and the hatred that Rev. Wright spews and his congregation doesn't object to?

    July 30, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  14. Luke Gray

    seriously why does it matter find another church that will marry you this is just another non sense story to say feel sorry for us good lord shoot me

    July 30, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • K-switch

      Yep, nothing wrong with a couple of bigots in the congregation telling the pastor who he can bond in holy matrimony.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • sam

      Well, I guess sometimes even 'traditional' marriage doesn't pass muster, either....

      July 30, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  15. Moby Schtick

    What's wrong with a church who discriminates? The god they worship is going to discriminate to the degree that those he "turns away" from his presence go to his pit of never ending torment. This church didn't do anything quite so drastic, but only mildly followed the example of their god.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • WWJDracistAREscrewed

      point blank , if you are racist , and youre preaching the word of god , youre going to hell for spreading the wrong message. ANTI-CHRIST FALSE PROPHETS! god will judge you

      July 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      You're not very good at logic, are you?

      If you are racist, you are merely classifying a certain race as "less." That viewpoint is hardly consequential when the god who is being worshiped is going to classify all unbelievers as "worthy-of-eternal-torture."

      July 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  16. Al

    Baptists are such a friendly group. They really go out of their way to make women feel accepted there as well.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:22 am |
  17. AGuest9

    The christians are so unlike their christ? Yes, sadly, Mr. Gandhi.

    July 30, 2012 at 9:41 am |
  18. Aden

    This congregation lacks a pastor. Perhaps it lacks Christ. More than most, this congregation needs to be led.

    July 30, 2012 at 9:20 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Please. Find the nearest cliff. Lead her right off.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:27 am |
  19. Huebert

    Progress is made one death at a time. Of course some deaths allow fore more progress than others. once this church kicks the bucket Mississippi might be able to make it to the 1970's.

    July 30, 2012 at 9:11 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Oh Huebert, no one knows the story except what the couple said.

      Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ahhhhhhhhhhhh.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:13 am |
    • Huebert

      Did you somehow manage to type out a turrets outburst?

      July 30, 2012 at 9:22 am |
    • HeavenSent

      So, you'd rather jump to a negative conclusion. Because, after all, that's what atheists are known for.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:27 am |
    • BRC

      Did you real the full article or just the blurb here on this page?

      July 30, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • K-switch

      HS, if you were to click on the link that reads "Full Post" you would find:

      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.

      That would be the pastors words, so the story is more than what the couples said.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • Huebert


      I asked a question. Are you aware of the difference between a conclusion and a question?

      July 30, 2012 at 9:33 am |
  20. HeavenSent

    Where are the facts to this story? I know many people, no matter what age, s3x, nationality perceive situations erroneously due to refusing to work through their personal issues.

    Did they go through premarital counseling?
    Did they take their blood test and let the church know they have completed said tests?
    Did they provide the church with their sealed birth record (for the church records)? Insurance that they aren't illegals trying to obtain records.
    Did they have their parent(s)/guardian(s) in attendance to some of these counseling sessions?
    Was the church available on the date they wanted to marry?
    Were they practicing parishioner of this church?


    July 30, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • K-switch

      "Sealed birth record", are you serious?

      July 30, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Forget it. My post is being blocked.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:12 am |
    • Which God??

      HS, you are so dense. Where do you get your information from, your butt? Must be so, as your head is always up there, and sitting on it can't help much either. You don't need insurance, birth records are not sealed (unless you are Oblamie). Further, they are adults, and need no one to sign for them. The church was already reserved for them, and they were MEMBERS of said church. Some of your fellow xtians there at the church then denied them the RESERVED church that their weding was supposed to be at.
      Your posts are not blocked, you just typed something the filter didn't like. You need to get a real education, beside siting on your butt, and using uninformed sources for your knowlege base. The bybull isn't an education, it is mind numbingly contradictory and poorly written, at the least.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • pastor Tee Tee

      None of that is necessary to get married. Really change your name because you are definately not heavensend!! My God, did you ask Mary and Joseph for thier birth records and blood work?

      July 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Which God?? You're the one that's dense. All legal records, birth record being one of them, have a legal seal on them to prove authenticity of the record. Look at your drivers license, our currency in this country ... all have a seal on them. That makes them legit.

      As for having both sets of parents or legal guardians involved with the marriage ritual. The church counsels all involved. Not just the couple.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      The only legal docu-ment the pastor needs to see is the marriage license. Any thing else is just the churches "preferences". The court determines who has the legal right to marry, all the pastor can do is not sign the license. But that's not what this story is about. The pastor did sign the marriage license, and performed the marriage at a different location. The only question is why certain members opposed the marriage being done in the church?

      July 30, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Varney

      It says quite clearly that some in the congregation objected. Don't forget that a lot of bigotry is "justified" by a reading of Genesis 9 which sees the Canaanites as a proxy for blacks.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
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