As the rest of the westernized world progresses along in 21st century, America, it seems, is going in reverse. From the awesome website of Clergy Gone Wild, David Edwards bring us this beaut.


KENTUCKY: Gulnare Freewill Baptist church bans interracial couples

A small church in Pike County, Kentucky has voted to ban interracial couples from most church activities “to promote greater unity among the church body.”

Melvin Thompson, former pastor of Gulnare Freewill Baptist church, proposed the ban after Stella Harville brought her fiance, Ticha Chikuni, to services in June. Harville, who goes by the name Suzie, played the piano while Chikuni sang.

Before stepping down as pastor in August, Thompson told Harville that her fiance could not sing at the church again. Harville is white and Chikuni, a native of Zimbabwe, is black.

Last Sunday, church members voted 9-6 in favor of Thompson’s proposed ban. Others attending the church business meeting declined to take a stand on the issue.

“That the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church does not condone interracial marriage,” the resolution states, according to WKYT.

“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.”

Harville told The Kentucky Herald-Leader that the decision is an embarrassment to God, the church and the whole community.

“It sure ain’t Christian,” she explained. “It ain’t nothing but the old devil working.”

Harville and Chikuni plan to marry in July, but they won’t be tying the knot in Pike County.

The U.S. Supreme Court declared anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional in a 1967 decision. By 2005, Stanford University sociologist Michael Rosenfeld determined that 7 percent of all marriages in the U.S. were interracial.


Written by David Edwards Wednesday, 30 November 2011 00:00

I just had to add the triple facepalm because I have no words here.



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Comment by Robert Karp on November 30, 2011 at 6:47pm

Agreed Greg. Thanks. It's just sad really.

Comment by Kilana Malakina on November 30, 2011 at 9:25pm

The church is actually called Gulnare "FREEWILL" Baptist Church. Freewill my ass.

Comment by Dustin on November 30, 2011 at 9:52pm

Doesn't seem much different than denying Atheists or Homosexuals...just more of a 'wow' factor I suppose in this day.  

Comment by Ceci on December 1, 2011 at 5:56am

there were already forms of tolerance about interracial marriages even in the absolutely christian middle ages (for example, there was a 13th century poet, wolfram von eschenbach, who wrote his version of the percival telling about the marriage of parzifal's father with the black queen belakane, and they loved each other and lived happily ever after until he left her to join other adventures).
i can't believe that nowadays there is still someone who is so idiot to be against interracial marriage but, you know, outdated ideas like this one can only be justifiable through religion.

Comment by Gabriela Menicucci on December 1, 2011 at 6:23am

Amazing, seems America is like a crab, you give one step forward and 4 backwards. Good luck in your way to the dark ages.

Comment by Robert Karp on December 1, 2011 at 8:41am

@Holland - Reminds me of another lovely article I found.  In Florida, a GOP lawmaker wants to bring back firing squads and electric chairs for those convicted of the death penalty because by getting the injection they are, in his words, "getting off too easy". 

Comment by Morgan Matthew on December 1, 2011 at 10:31am

Comment by Unseen on December 1, 2011 at 10:31am

Well, what you're doing is kind of like when some yahoo cops go over the line and beat an "Occupy" protestor senseless when he might have simply been arrested, and the foreign press calls them "American cops" as though they were sent there by the Federal Government to beat up protestors. It's hardly a typical case and linking it to America, with the implication it's typical in any way is a bit disingenuous and deceitful.

Comment by Albert Bakker on December 1, 2011 at 10:51am

I think it's a good idea. Let Melvin the Megabaptist ban everyone.

Comment by Robert Karp on December 1, 2011 at 11:05am


It's hardly a typical case and linking it to America, with the implication it's typical in any way is a bit disingenuous and deceitful.


I really don't care if this is the only church in the whole United States that is doing this. I'm also pretty sure I didn't say it was typical in America anywhere in the post. I made no such generalization. Perhaps you are referring to the first sentence when I say we are going backward? This is yet another example in a long list of examples that indicate that the chrisitan fundamentalists in this country would prefer a pre-civil rights era system as opposed to the current one. So in that sense I think it aptly describes what I have seen as of late.


You are also suggesting I take the non-pepper spray approach and simply ignore it?  The Florida pastor who wanted to burn the koran is a similar case. I'm pretty sure he did not represent the majority of churches in the United States or any for that matter, but somehow the media got hold of it and the result from the backlash of such idiocy was that he decided not to go ahead with the act. If we do not draw attention to these barbaric and outdated behaviors, no matter how isolated they are, then the people they affect will not have a voice! The internet gives the powerless a very powerful voice and by pointing out these atrocities we bring the attention the citizens of this nation who would otherwise have this go by the wayside and go along with their every day lives. I will not be one of those people! Returning to the days of segregation in any way is sickening.




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