I'll Bite... Racist Congregation
What I'm not understanding if it's only a few how could a few affect the votes of the many & get him voted out or do only a few run that little hell hole & white Body of Christ emporium?
CRYSTAL SPRINGS Sally Garland's eyes were bloodshot and tear-soaked shortly after she walked into her office at Crystal Springs City Hall.
She made history and headlines in 2011 when she became the town's first female mayor, seeking to boost economic development and push Crystal Springs to become a shining example for others to follow -- Mississippi's own city upon a hill.
Eyes are on Crystal Springs once again, but not because of its economic growth, Garland's ambition or even the community's small-town Southern charm. All it took was two people, Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson, who wanted to get married in the church they attended frequently, the church where Te'Andrea's uncle is employed and her father is a member, the church that had never before held a wedding for a black couple.
Though they booked First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs well in advance, the Wilsons were forced to make a last-minute change of venue the day before their wedding after church pastor the Rev. Stan Weatherford said a few church members were uncomfortable with the color of their skin. A story on the local news followed days later, thrusting the community into a firestorm of religious debate and race-related controversy.
"It has broken my heart," Garland said. "We pride ourselves on unity. We don't want to be known for that."
Although she's not sure who all had a hand in Weatherford's decision, Garland said townspeople and other First Baptist members say it's definitely a minority.
"Maybe it's a wake-up call for people to say we're not standing for this," she said. "This is not OK."
Colby Berry, the town's parks and recreation director, said the situation brings dishonor to the community and that, if asked, the majority of the town would be against it.
"I think this would have an impact (on outside perception) if people don't take the time to look at the town for what it is," he said. "If people look at it as one instance of a small group of people that were opinionated in the wrong manner - if they look at the reputation of Crystal Springs, the history that it's had, the people who are here now - I think it'll be OK."
What I'm not understanding if it's only a few how could a few affect the votes of the many & get him voted out?
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