In Crystal Springs, Mississippi, Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson, who are black, told WLBT-TV that the day before their wedding, Dr. Stan Weatherford, of the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, said their ceremony would have to be moved because some white church members were offended (video below).
Charles Wilson said: “The church congregation had decided no black could be married at that church, and that if [the pastor] went on to marry her, then they would vote him out the church.”
Te’Andrea Wilson added: “He had people in the sanctuary that were pitching a fit about us being a black couple. I didn’t like it at all, because I wasn’t brought up to be racist. I was brought up to love and care for everybody.”
Dr. Weatherford gave into his racist church members and performed the marriage at another church: “This had never been done before here, so it was setting a new precedent, and there are those who reacted to that because of that."
"I didn’t want to have a controversy within the church, and I didn’t want a controversy to affect the wedding of Charles and Te’ Andrea. I wanted to make sure their wedding day was a special day.”
Amazingly, church members deny they are racists and claim that all races were welcome at the church.
Church member Barbara Mack told WLBT-TV: “We’re not. We welcome anybody that wants to come through those doors.”
Barbara Mack’s husband, Bob, blamed church members who “intimidated the pastor and created a situation that had him in a bind. We hope we can straighten them out, you know, get them to understand what Christianity is all about."
However, if the Macks "straighten out" the racist church members, it will be after the fact.
Church member Ralph Miley told WLBT-TV: “Personally, I would like to apologize to the Wilsons, to their family and friends, and to the entire black community because this has happened."
Not mentioned by any of the church members, are the verses in the bible, Numbers 12:1-16, where Moses married a Cushite (Ethiopian) woman, and God was angry with Aaron and Miriam for criticizing that marriage.