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Prepare to Be Discouraged

If you don’t want anything to upset your Christmas spirit (or your faith in humanity), please click away.

A church’s decision to ban a couple from its congregation, simply because their skin color is different, has cut through the heart of a Pike County community.

Suzie Harville, who is engaged to a black man originally from Zimbabwe, is no longer welcome at the church. Neither is her fiancée, Tichna Chikuni.

Some members of Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church voted Sunday to prohibit interracial couples from joining their church. They’re welcomed to attend, just not so welcomed to stick around for too long.

I cannot express how infuriating this story is. It is a blatant and premeditated repudiation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If I lived in Pike County, Kentucky, I would be willing to sue this whites-only organization to remove the word “church” from their name, because they are clearly anything but.

But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all! (Col 3:8-11)

Kyrie eleison.





  1. Ed says:

    Saw this on CNN, and was betting I would see something about it here at Dr. Platypus.

    I fully agree. I can not fathom how those people justify having the word “church” on their building. Or that her parents still go there…?


  2. Ken Anwari says:

    Details are interesting. The decision was overturned ASAP. But the damage these 9 racist members did to the church’s name is irreparable. So tragic. For details & aftermath: http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/Pike_County_Church_Says_No_to_Interracial_Members_134768383.html


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