According to The Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church, god Doesn’t Like Interracial Couples.
Frequent readers of my blog know that I make no secret of the fact that I’m a born again atheist. However, while I do have a fairly high level of disgust for religion, I keep most of my disdain to myself. After all, there are many out there who do believe in some form of god, and yet are good people in spite of it. A lot of people are fairly harmless in their beliefs; they attend church on a semi-regular basis and post regularly on social networking sites about their love of the invisible sky wizard. They profess their love of god in posts, and thank him for random acts of good luck such as their cat returning home after 2 days, or for the fact that god created Preparation H, which brought relief to their raging case of hemorrhoids. It’s all fairly innocuous stuff, and I refuse to challenge religion when it comes to personal choice, because it’s everyone’s right to believe in what they want. Plus there are more of them than there are of me, and I really do not want to start a religious war on Facebook, or anywhere else for that matter.
Be that as it may, I will not hesitate to rail against religion when it is used as a tool to oppress. To use god as an excuse to be cruel to others, to maim and murder, to take away choice and dignity, to pass judgment or exclude based on faulty reasoning, is just too much for me to keep quiet about. The story of the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church, a small congregation in a rural part of Kentucky, is a story that has me calling bullshit, and once again waving my middle finger to the invisible sky wizard, as well as his prejudiced little minions.
As some of you may have read by now, this tiny, all white church, recently voted to ban interracial couples from joining, releasing a statement that “the church does not condone interracial marriage.” The only saving grace in this atrocity is that many of the church’s members are outraged, and are speaking out against this decision.
This trip down the oppressive rabbit hole started when the daughter of the church’s secretary, Dean Harville visited the church this summer with her African fiancé; while at the church, her fiancé sang a song in front of the congregation. Later that summer, Harville was approached by former pastor Melvin Thompson, who by the way claims he is not a racist, to inform him that neither his daughter, nor her fiancé, were no longer welcome to sing in front of the church. Last Sunday after the service, a handful of members voted to not allow interracial couples to become members, or be used in worship services or other church functions. They are allowed to attend services, although I would imagine that they will be relegated to the back of the church, behind all the decent, god fearing white folks.
What in the name of Martin Luther King is this about? The current pastor does not support the resolution, but has done nothing to change it. The National Association of Free Will Baptist Churches, (the home office so to speak) has opposed the resolution, but is dragging their feet to step in. Nothing is being done so far against this despicable act of racism.
This is why I don’t believe in organized religion. Time and time again, narrow minded cruel people have used god and religion to actively seek to oppress and control what others think and do. They judge and exclude others because of their skin color, or sexual orientation, or whatever else that defines someone who is in essence, a square peg that does not fit in another’s definition of god’s round hole.
Don’t get me wrong, I recognize the fact that religion in many cases will do good things for the population as a whole; there are millions of religious people out there who do good things for the sake of doing good things. However, it’s the Melvin Thompson’s of the world who seem to constantly pop up and fuck everyone else over because some voice in their head told them to them to be a zealous douche bag. That’s not religion, that’s the form of schizophrenic sociopathic behavior that a criminal nut job like George W. Bush would display.
Maybe Thompson should run for president; I bet he would fit right in with the rest of the ass hat Republican candidates who so willingly spew out their hateful rhetoric in the name of their lord.
I thank god every day that I’m an atheist. End of rant.