Welcome to Pike County, Kentucky, home to the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church and the Hatfield-McCoy feud (no, that's not a joke, it really is). The congregation size for the church is roughly forty people. In June, longtime parishioner Stella Harville, who is white, brought her fiancé, Ticha Chikuni, who is from Zimbabwe, to service. They performed "I Surrender All," with Chikuni on vocals and Harville on the piano. Tough crowd. Pastor Melvin Thompson told Dean Harville, Stella's father (yup, not the couple he had an issue with, her dad), that the duet was forbidden to sing at church again.
Thompson then stepped down as pastor and they got a new one, Stacy Stepp. She immediately reversed this, saying Harville and Chikuni could sing at the church again. Thompson came out of the booth with a recommendation that stated in part--
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, 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.
A vote was taken, and the tyranny of the majority won. Nine voted for the recommendation, six against, and everyone else abstained like the pussies they are. Dean Harville said, "It sure ain't Christian. It ain't nothing but the old devil working." Preach, brother! Preach!
I look at recent American history, and I marvel at how far we've come in the areas of equality. I look at news reports like this, and I marvel at how much further we have to go.