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WTF? Kentucky Church Bans Interracial Couples From Attending Service

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Just when the world gets progressive, things like this happen.

A church in Pike County, Kentucky voted to ban interracial couples.

Stella Harville
brought her Zimbabwan fiancé, Ticha Chikuni, to church in June.

Over the next five months, church goers have tried to ban interracial couples.

Is that even legal?

Stella went on to say the following:

It's just a travesty, especially in Christianity that the church feels this way. They cross the line in revoking my fiancé and I's right to worship in a public place

Harville says she wants the church to reverse the decision.

If they do not, the couple, who do not live in Pike County, plan on attending another church.

Check out the video above for the full report.

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36 comments to “WTF? Kentucky Church Bans Interracial Couples From Attending Service”



  1. 1

    You know there are people out there who will read about this story and nod their heads in shame yet are still against same sex marriage. I want to ask you how you justify yourself. The Bible condemns same sex marriage as well as interracial marriage, yet you have the compassion to recognize the sanctity of one and not the other. You might find yourself wondering how people have the hate in them to stand in the way of this couple's right to marry, and I'm wondering why it would be any different if it were between two gay people. I hate to hijack the issue at hand, but it's time for compassion to take the forefront on this marriage debate instead of what body parts someone has.



  2. 2

    The saddest thing about this is the mentioning of a 'vote' that took place for this to happen. It wasn't the one-off discriminative action of a Church administration, but a crime committed by a body of people, too. Shame on them.



  3. 3

    I'm sure the words "green card" never came up…



  4. 4

    It's not worth it. Believe me. They're not spiritual, they're religious. You better not argue with religious people, cause it's a waste of time & energy. They'll never get that in Christ there are no diferences & everyone's equal (1 Cor 12:13, Gal 3:28). Just go to another church.



  5. 5

    Whites should remain with whites and blacks with blacks. What is SO damned wrong with that?



  6. 6

    Re: joethehobo – please, tell me where the Bible condemns interracial marriage.



  7. 7

    Re: *truth*hurts* – Though I admit I am not religious (because of reasons like these) you can find many instances of interracial marriage being forbidden in Bible, such as Genesis 28:1, Leviticus 19:19, Deuteronomy 7:2-3, Deuteronomy 22:9, and many other examples.



  8. 8

    Re: katya1965 – I'm not sure if you are joking or not, since I feel like we as a society have far progressed beyond your mindset, but for the sake of argument, I'm going to assume you are absolutely bat-shit crazy and are being serious. I apologize for my intolerant behavior with you, but this is simply one of those rare cases where one side is completely wrong. Rather than go into all of the reasons why interracial marriage is NOT a bad thing, I'm going to ask you to give me a reason why it is a bad thing. I've never had the opportunity to converse with a real live racist in this day and age (I thought you had all passed on and gone to hell), so I'd appreciate it if you humored me with your insight, or lack thereof.



  9. 9

    I hate my own state sometimes!!!



  10. 10

    Church's are PRIVATE, they are allowed to discriminate based on anything.



  11. 11

    Re: Gay Republican – so maybe THEY SHOULD START PAYING TAXES as well!!!



  12. 12

    This kind of thing will happen in those places where brothers and sisters marry. Backwards bastards!



  13. 13

    Churches are a social group anyway, there is nothing that dictates where someone has to go, like school. Even if they "over turned" the ruling, as a human, why would you WANT to be there??? Just knowing that those people got together and VOTED to make sure I never came back to a place a few times a week would just be too much for me.
    If she had been going to that church for awhile then she probably knew they were closed minded fanatics before she brought her fiance… She needs to just go where she and her man will feel comfortable instead of trying to make everyone "like" her decisions. The world is full of hate, so let them congregate together. Find a place of love and tolerance for yourself.



  14. 14

    Lol, why would you want to worship at a church where you know you are not welcome. The church leaders obviously don't share your same values so why do you need their 'blessings' or permission to live your life they way you choose? There are thousands of churches that would open up their doors to you and be proud to have an interracial couple as a part of their congregation. Also, find a better place to live than Kentucky….gross. You could also consider the fact that God is a man made creation and you're wasting your time praying because no one and nothing is listening except for the dusty, dark universe..



  15. 15

    Unfortunately, a church is NOT a public place. It's a private building on private property. Do I think it's heinous? Yes … it goes completely against what Christianity is all about. but can they ban interracial couples? yep … they can. It's a sad statement that the people in this small church in this small town are FEARFUL of interracial couples. It's doubly sad that this couple feels rejected by a body of people who are supposed to help grow their foundation of faith as they prepare for marriage.



  16. 16

    Why am i not surprised, it's in the south :/…



  17. 17

    Shameful… After all of these years people still act so ignorant. No one as a right to tell you who you should be with. No matter the color of their skin or if they are a male/female.
    " Whites should be with whites, black should be with blacks"… Are you people for real?? It's the year 2011. If you don't like it or agree with something, turn your head the other way and keep your personal beliefs and comments to yourself. You are a loud to have your own opinion (since we are in America " The land of the free") but your opinions on other peoples lives and how the chose to live them are NOT and should not be what this country runs on!
    If two people are truly in love let them be and let them get married if they want to! It's should not be that others are making decisions on how we want to live our lives. You don't see the government stopping two people getting married that have been married over three times already??
    It's not black and white anymore people!!! It's very colorful and full of people who just want to be accept for who they were born to be!

    SO GET THE F@#$ OVER IT!!



  18. 18

    Re: joethehobo – You're Awesome!



  19. 19

    Re: katya1965 – You are soo getting your ass handed to you - LMAO
    BTW whats your race if you don't mind me asking and are you a man or a woman?



  20. 20

    Of course it is stupid, but it is Kentucky. I am not surprised.



  21. 21

    Kentucky Fu¨%$king Chikens!

  22. 6one9 says – reply to this


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    fucking “` HYPOCRITES!!!!!!!
    ALL RELIGION ““““““““““““SUCKS!!



  23. 23

    If the church is racist, why the hell do you want to go there? Find another one.

    And yes, churches should pay taxes.



  24. 24

    Re: Gay Republican – Not if they are tax free. Also, what the hell happened to morality? You make no mention of morality at all, just legality. How embarrassing for you.



  25. 25

    Re: joethehobo – Spot on! Very well said.



  26. 26

    another typical day in the United States of Hatred!!!! funny thing is: why is it such a surprise for everyone? that's just what 90% white people think. at least the people from this church had the nerve to show their real faces. the rest of the whites just want to hide the truth… like always… typical typical typical.



  27. 27

    Re: joethehobo – Um….Youre a moron…the Bible doesn't ban interacial marriage, in point of fact, 2 of mMoses' wives were black. Sephira, his first was a bedouin, and he later married an ethiopian woman….as for the gay thing, Joeseph, of the Amazing technicolor dreamcoat fame, was actually Phopitars lover til popitar's death, and was never condemned OR chastised for it…Don't blame the book for what people do in it's name…..



  28. 28

    Re: Alexima – If 90% of white people really feel this way, then why it is so newsworthy? Your argument is weak if you make up misconceptions about people to prove a point that doesn't even make sense in the first place. Come on now, people are really trying to debate here. There's no way you can believe what you just said.



  29. 29

    Re: linwoo – I appreciate you citing instances where the Bible does in fact teach compassion instead of hatred, but let's face it- The Bible on many occasions denounces homosexuality and interracial marriage. I've posted some of the citations above. Now do I agree with what the Bible says? Of course not, but there's no denying that it says it.



  30. 30

    Re: joethehobo – The bible does not condemn interracial dating. Moses married a black woman. Merimam spoke against/criticized his marrying a black women. God was angry. Numbers ch 12-9 9: "And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed." God turned Merimam very white, with leprosy so that she'd be ashamed of herself for her speaking against it. This is all in Numbers, Chapter 12.

    The Hebrews were forbidden to marry Canaanites (Exodus 34:10-17; Deuteronomy 7:3- The reason was because the Canaanites worshipped idols, not because of race; the Hebrews and Canaanites were racially similar. Read in context.

    The apostle Paul encouraged Christians not to marry unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14), but here again, the reason was religious, not racial.



  31. 31

    Re: Amanda1984Re: Amanda1984 – Jesus and His apostles taught that we must respect and show compassion for all people of God's creation without regard to artificial distinctions like race and nationality. In His Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), Jesus told of a Samaritan man who was kind to a Jewish man even thought they were enemies of different religions, nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. At the end, Jesus tells us, "Go and do likewise."

    The Apostle Paul banned all discrimination based on race, social status, etc. among Christians:

    You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (NIV, Galatians 3:26-28)

    A number of attempts have been made to use the Bible to justify those bans on interracial marriage. Vague assertions were made that God intended for the races to remain separate. Some verses (Exodus 34:10-16, 2 Corinthians 6:14, etc.) were quoted in part or otherwise out of context in an attempt to show that God opposed interracial marriage.



  32. 32

    Re: ShelliGrrrl – They can't and won't because its against the teachings of the bible. And theyre are certain things theyre not allowed to ban, within the limits of the bible. If they tried to stick with the ban, the fb assosiation would get involved and stop it, based of the bible and a persons right according to the bible and God



  33. 33

    Re: Amanda1984 – I appreciate you taking the time to prove yourself and did so without resorting to name calling or anything like that which is so common here. However, I think many of your interpretations are just that- interpretations. There are many people who still believe that the Bible condemns interracial marriage and they can choose to interpret certain parts of scripture that would support their claim. This is what happens when people learn morality from a book written by MEN instead of just doing the right thing from a humanistic perspective. Two people marrying from a different race isn't wrong, nor is two people of the same sex marrying wrong. It sounds cheesy, but as long as two people are choosing to come together in love, why is it ever wrong?



  34. 34

    Those passages do not blatantly state that whites and black or blacks and mexicans etc etc shouldnt be together. Ready them carefully… it does blatantly state that a man should not lay with another man. But i'm not against that either. I'm pretty sure there ALOT of things in the bible that people do and don't care that they do, this is a racist situation and people need to get with the program. This is not the 60's.



  35. 35

    Re: lovelife11 – Since when does the Bible need to blatantly state something in order for people to start hating one another?



  36. 36

    Re: lovelife11 – The Bible has caused discourse, pain, intolerance, and war since its inception. This is nothing new. Again, this is what happens when people draw their morality from a book written by MEN instead of just basic human principles. The Bible was used as a weapon against civil rights in the 1960's and it's being used for the same thing today. If only there were more people like you who refuse to use this book to stop social equality.