Church That Banned Interracial Couples Did America a Favor

mixed raceIt seems there's a kerfuffle in Kentucky this week because a small church has voted to ban interracial couples from attending services. The fact that said church happens to describe itself as "Free Will" Baptist is just so deliciously ironic that it's hard to know what to say. So here's a quiz!

Quick! Which do you hate more: racists or liars? What about a lying racist? I don't know about you, but one on top of the other makes it pretty darn hard to fight against the racism. So maybe it's not such a bad thing that the folks at Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church have announced publicly that they don't think mixed race couples should share in the grace of the Lord in their church?


Hey now, I'm not saying they aren't racists. Indeed, Pastor Melvin Thompson's pathetic ploy to kick out normal, happy, upstanding members of the community just because he can't handle the fact that they've come out of the 1950s and he hasn't is twisted. He and the nine members of the church who backed up his scheme should be ashamed of themselves.

They showed their true colors, and unfortunately they're not beautiful like a rainbow (cue the Cyndi Lauper music in your head). But at least they're honest! They've given every normal American a giant warning sign NOT to enter that church. And of course it's given those of us who believe in progress the chance to speak out against their blatant prejudice, perhaps changing at least one mind (hopefully more).

Their honesty is their undoing. And we need more of it to effect change in America. How do we root out problems if they're hiding, a wolf in sheep's clothing?

Haven't you ever wished you had that kind of heads up in life? Just imagine, you're in a bar, you spot a hot guy, but when you get closer, he has a Post-It attached to his chest that reads, "Likes to make women feel bad about themselves" or "Is a total homophobe." It could save you years of pain and anguish. Or you go in for a job interview, and there's a sign on the wall in the lobby that says, "Here we require employees commit heinous acts of treason, and you will like it." You'd be reporting them to some government authority, like, stat, right?

I wish there weren't people like Melvin Thompson and the hateful members of the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church. But isn't it better to know what we're up against?


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