A Mississippi couple says the church where they planned to get married turned them away because they are black.
Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson say they had set the date and mailed invitations, but the day before their wedding they got bad news from the pastor of predominantly white First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs: Some members of the church complained about the black couple having a wedding there.
The Wilsons, who live in nearby Jackson, said they attend the church regularly although they are not members.
Pastor Stan Weatherford told WLBT TV in Jackson he was surprised when a small number of church members opposed holding the wedding at the church.
“This had never been done before here, so it was setting a new precedent, and there are those who reacted to that because of that,” Weatherford said.
Weatherford performed the July 21 ceremony at another church.
“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,” Weatherford said.
WLBT reported that church officials now say they welcome any race. They plan to hold internal meetings on how to move forward.
If I were either of that couple, I’d leave that church, regardless of their now proclaiming they welcome any race. Why worship where you aren’t welcome?
Oh, and to the good white folks in First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs who for some reason thought it wise to object to their marriage: congratulations; the entire world now knows about you, and more to the point, you may have won your ‘battle’, but you lost the ‘war’, what with your church’s new stated policy of welcoming all. All you did was make yourselves and your church look bad, but you’ve ensured that you’ll never be able to block such a marriage again. Bigoted members of First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs: you’re as stupid as your fellow bigoted Baptists at Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church.