Target: First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, Mississippi
Goal: To demand that racist church leaders step down
In 2012, racism still exists in the form of outrageously prejudiced churches, namely the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, Mississippi. The leaders of this predominately white church flatly refused to marry Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson because of their race, and even went as far as to tell the church pastor, Dr. Stan Weatherford, that he would be fired if he married them.
“The church congregation had decided no black could be married at that church, and that if [the pastor] went on to marry [us], then they would vote him out the church,” Charles Wilson stated. His new wife, Te’Andrea, echoed Charles’ shock. “I wasn’t brought up to be racist,” she said. “I was brought up to love and care for everybody.”
Pastor Weatherford was also stunned by the church leaders’ actions. “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,” he stated. “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.” The pastor married the Wilsons at another church.
Officials of the First Baptist Church are currently holding meetings to determine whether or not non-white couples should be allowed to use the church in the future. That they are even asking such a question is despicable and should not be tolerated. Sign the petition now to protest this awful treatment of an innocent couple and demand that the leaders behind these actions step down immediately.
Dear First Baptist Church,
I never would have believed that a church would turn away a couple wishing to married due to the racist and prejudiced motives of its leaders, but in this regard, you have astounded me. I am speaking, of course, of Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson, who were not allowed to marry in your church because of their race. This is a fact that I find utterly despicable. We live in the 21st century, and knowing that such racism still exists is shocking. Furthermore, it was not fair of you to threaten to fire Pastor Weatherford, who clearly did not share your racist views. I applaud him for marrying the couple in another church.
I am disgusted with those of you who insisted on turning the Wilsons away. That kind of prejudice has no place in this free nation, and I am requesting that the church officials who hold these awful views step down from their positions immediately. The church should instead allow leaders who are willing to treat everyone equally regardless of race. Taking away the rights of others is disgraceful, and anyone who says otherwise – especially church leaders – should be ashamed of themselves.
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