White Greeters Only Requested by Church Because 'First Impressions Matter' (VIDEO)

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white only greetersUnbelievable pretty much sums up an email sent by a pastor of a North Carolina church who recently asked that only white people be allowed to act as greeters at the front doors. According to UPI, Pastor Makeda Pennycooke stated that "first impressions matter," and that Freedom House Church wants "the best of the best on the front doors."

"So we would like to ask that only white people be on the front doors."

Is your mouth hanging open, aghast at this blatant racism? Mine still is. Now, it should be noted that Pennycooke is black, and her directive was an attempt to "bring our racial demographic pendulum back to mid-line," but still. There's really nothing that could make this request even remotely okay, no matter who made it.

It's racism plain and simple, no matter what color the pastor's skin, and how incredibly offensive to all members of that church. Carmen Thomas, who previously belonged to the church for two years, quit after seeing the email from the pastor. She told WBTV that she's appalled that someone would try to use deception to bring people to church.

You don't put icing on a chocolate and think that you're eating vanilla. It doesn't make sense. You still know it's chocolate. You still know you're eating a chocolate cake.

Pennycooke and other church officials have since apologized, calling it a lapse in judgment. They told the station, "The pastors have been meeting with staff and church members to confirm their commitment to diversity and to ensure nothing like this happens again." 

At least they realize it was wrong, but nothing can change the fact that it was put out there. I can't imagine attending a church led by someone who has expressed such ugliness.

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What do you think of this pastor's request?

 

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katyq katyq

Wow. Im speechless.

nonmember avatar Jae

This may not be the favorite answer, and I am by no mean a racist, but look at it this way, this is this pastor's church (in my opinion) and that pastor can do what that pastor wants to do and hire whomever they want to (again, my opinion). I commend this pastor for being transparent. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't this pastor black? Sounds to me that this "Carmen Thomas" is the racist one anyway by saying "You don't put icing on a chocolate and think that you're eating vanilla. It doesn't make sense. You still know it's chocolate. You still know you're eating a chocolate cake." That, my dears, is the definition of "racist".

nonmember avatar Edward

I agree with Jae but in only a few ways, It is the prerogative of the pastor to have whom ever at the front that they would want to be welcoming too. It could have very well been that this church was becoming too lopsided racily and the black pastor wanted to be more welcoming to all ethnic backgrounds? Personally I would have to read the letter and or be there to judge. But to use the cake analogy is really very extreme even though history does give cause for such a mindset. The church shouldn't be thought of as only vanilla or chocolate but the gateway to heaven As a Christian it seems to me, the thing to be the most appalled about is the need to market ourselves. If God is really real and really with us, folks would find us out and not have to be marketed too. I find it sad that we church folk have degraded ourselves to needing to market folks instead of display to people who God is.

Katha... Katharine205

The church doesn't belong to the pastor, the church belongs to God and the pastor is simply the person leading that piece of the Kingdom.  Anywho, pastors are still people, they are not infallible so it seems to me that she had a momentary lapse in judgement.

Rhonda Crawford

We have a black usher at our church. He is a member of our family. We don't see color at our church . Only Sisters and Brothers.It is a shame that we are still being considered by the color of our skin.We are all the same on the inside.Well some of us are, those that don't see color as an issue or as a means to an end...

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