The Tea Party Agenda
Ever wonder what most members of the Tea Party want for “their” America? Below is a shining example of just how backwards thinking these people are, it speaks for itself and is definitely something we must stand against.
Kentucky Church votes against Interracial Marriage.
Stella Harville and her fiancÃ‰, Ticha Chikuni are seen in Richmond, Ky., in a November 2010 photo provided by Stella Harville. Stellaâ€™s childhood church in Pike County, Kentucky, the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church, voted to ban interracial couples from becoming members at the church after the pair sang a song during a visit to the church over the summer.
Stella Harville and Ticha Chikuni
On November 9, 2011 Melvin Thompson, a member of the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church in Pike County Kentucky, submitted a proposal for vote among Church members to prohibit interracial marriage.
“That the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church does not condone interracial marriage. Parties of such marriages will not be received as members, nor will they be used in worship services and other church functions,” reads the proposal.
“This recommendation is not intended to judge the salvation of anyone, but is intended to promote greater unity among the church body and the community we serve.”
The resolution says anyone is welcome to attend services, but interracial couples could not become members or be “used in worship services or other church functions.”
The proposal was approved by a vote of nine to six mere days after Thanksgiving Day, Sunday, Nov. 27.
The year is 2011 and Jim Crow Laws were banned by the US. In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Loving v. Virginia, ruled that such intermarriage bans were unconstitutional. However, since the church is private property, they are arguably not in violation of the Constitution.
If you are wondering what precipitated the new incursion into racial separatism and what might be illegal Neo-Jim Crowism, its genesis is classic racist.
The Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church
Stella Harville and Ticha Chikuni who are engaged to be married visited the church in June and Chikuni sang a song for the congregation. The June visit was not the first time the couple had visited the Baptist Church. Chikuni’s parents live in southern Africa, is estranged from his family and live in the United States; his is of African ancestry.
On Sunday the 27th, about 35 to 40 members attended services at the church. Stella Harville’s farther, and church secretary, said most church members had left the building before the vote and wanted no part of the proceedings.
Sometime between June and August of this year, something must have occurred in the church. Dean Starvill picks up the narrative.
Dean Harville, the church’s secretary, said he was counting the church offering after a service in early August when he was approached by Thompson, who told him Harville’s daughter and her boyfriend were no longer allowed to sing at the church.
“That the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church does not condone interracial marriage. Parties of such marriages will not be received as members, nor will they they be used in worship services and other church functions, with the exception being funerals. All are welcome to our public worship services. This recommendation is not intended to judge the salvation of anyone, but is intended to promote greater unity among the church body and the community we serve.” Submitted to the church business committee November 9, 2011 for their consideration by Melvin Thompson, member, Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church.
Social Dynamics and the Aversion to Being Called a “racist”
Melvin Thompson, as expected, declared that he is not a racist.
The church member who crafted the resolution, Melvin Thompson, said he is not racist and called the matter an “internal affair.”
“I am not racist. I will tell you that. I am not prejudiced against any race of people, have never in my lifetime spoke evil” about a race, said Thompson, the church’s former pastor who stepped down earlier this year. “That’s what this is being portrayed as, but it is not.”
“If he’s not racist, what is this?” Harville said of Thompson.
Yes, the statement above included was a quote. “…not prejudiced against any race of people.”
On what basis does Thompson practice his separatism? The question is rhetorical.
Before you read more about Mr. Thompson let’s take a moment to contemplate. Do you at times long for a day when people who were avowed racists and bigots proudly proclaimed so and fought for their beliefs despite their level of wrong and disgust? For some reason, I have more respect for such people than the ’socially crafty’ Thompson types.
Melvin Thompson, who actually submitted the proposal to the church, defended his position, and says he doesn’t feel this will affect the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church at all. “I do not believe in interracial marriages, and I do not believe this will give our church a black eye at all. It came before the church on Sunday and the vote was 9 in favor and 6 against,” said Thompson.
Again, Thompson spoke….
“…and I do not believe this will give our church a black eye at all.”
According to the number of hits I received from a quick Google search, and many of those were articles published or searched within the past 24 hours, the church has more than one BLACK eye.
Where is the Church Leader: The Pastor?
The church’s pastor, Stacy Stepp, said Wednesday that he was against the resolution. Stepp said the denomination’s regional conference will begin working on resolving the issue this weekend.
According to the Huffington Post, The National Association of Free Will Baptists in Antioch, Tenn., has no official position on interracial marriage. The National Association is reported to want a quick resolution of the matter. As quoted by Huffington Post, a church official said that of their 2400 churches worldwide, some congregations include interracial couples (families).
Stella Harville, a 24-year-old graduate student at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana, called the vote “hurtful.”
The National Association of Free Will Baptists will probably overturn the vote. The sheer number of church members who wanted ‘no part’ of the separatist vote, will be a contributing factor. The greater church organization will probably also give major weight to right from wrong.
This latest version of early 20th Century separatism is another episode of glaring racism and property rights. It’s frightening that such a small contingent of people can actually start actions that lead to racist acts. If you take the problem a step further, you will also find human dynamics that lead people to turn their backs on problems vs. facing the problem. Our history is scared with such actions as we consider the proliferation of Jim Crow and a life that was even more horrid prior to Jim Crow. Alas, we had best not forget women’s Suffrage! But, not just our history has such scars. You will find scars in Ancient Egypt, Africa, the Orient, Russia, Mongolia and, we hate to discuss it but, late 1930′s Germany and 1990s Rwanda. When people from the church did not stand-up to a core group of bigots, terminal actions took place in the from a racist vote. I, and so do you, know that it is very possible that of the nine who voted for the ban, some may have been influenced by the power of a leader. Thompson was probably more influential than the actual referendum. I wonder how many people have lost their lives based on similar contempt for human interaction.
No matter the outcome of the Association, the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church’s actions are classic examples of the consequences of libertarian views, such as those of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who places states rights and property rights above human rights.
A Perspective (Brief)
Jim Crow Laws, which regulated social, economic, and political relationships between whites and African Americans, were passed principally to subordinate blacks as a group to whites and to enforce rules favored by dominant whites on nonconformists of both races. The name “Jim Crow” came from a character in an early nineteenth-century minstrel show song.
Beginning with a ban on interracial marriages in Maryland in 1664, the laws spread north as well as south, but they were neither uniform nor invariably enforced. The campaign against them, initiated in the 1840s by both black and white Massachusetts antislavery activists, reached a symbolic end in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia, that finally ruled anti-intermarriage laws unconstitutional.
The most widespread laws mandated racial segregation in schools and public places such as railroads, restaurants, and streetcars. Since segregation laws often replaced customary or legal exclusion of African Americans from any services at all, they were initially, in a sense, progressive reforms. They tended to be adopted earliest and were more strictly enforced in cities where diverse crowds intermingled, than in the countryside where other means of racial subordination were readily available.