Sunday, December 04, 2011

If you don't want to appear to be racist...

...then you shouldn't create policies that give such an impression.

A few days ago, one Kentucky church did just that by deciding that interracial couples were not welcomed in its faith community. Now, as the Associated Press reports, the church's pastor has acknowledged the policy needs to be overturned, but not for the reason you might think.
Stacy Stepp, who is pastor of the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church in Pike County, told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Saturday that he plans to declare the vote approving the policy null and void.
The move comes after Stepp, who says he opposed the policy, asked for advice from the Sandy Valley Conference of Free Will Baptists.
The conference met Saturday and issued a statement saying it had determined there weren't enough members voting in favor of the proposal, which would require a change in church bylaws. The vote last week at the church, which has about 40 people who attend, was 9-6.
There weren't enough voting members? So, if all 40 members of the congregation had been present, and they voted to sustain the ban then it would have been allowed?

Hmmm. Methinks the only way to truly address this issue is to state clearly that the policy is inherently racist, anti-Christian, judgmental, small-minded and wrong.

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