There's no fail like a minister fail, and that's what recently happened in Mississippi when a white minister decided to not marry a black couple at his church because a few members complained and said they'd come for his job. In a breath-taking case of CYA, Rev. Stan Weatherford chose his job over doing the right thing and that's what lead to me writing about it for Clutch Magazine Tuesday.
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The great gathering of Mainstream Klansmen Smart Enough to Not Wear Hoods, aka "The Value Voters Summit," met over the weekend in Washington, D.C. and there folks engaged in their usual "gays and Islam are the greatest threats to America" hate speech, but no one called it that because they didn't use the "N-word" or wear hoods. It was great. They chose Ron Paul as their favorite Republican, and Value Voters summiter Baptist minister Robert Jeffress grabbed the media mic to call Mitt Romney a "moral" man who happens to be a member of the cult of Mormonism.
Oh, well, THAT'S going to get complicated!
Megachurch prosperity gospel preacher, Bishop Eddie Long was recently slapped with charges that he pressured young men into sexual relationships with him. Since the news dropped there have been comparisons to the Catholic Church and its many scandals involving child molesting priests and other sex related controversies. There have also been a lot of jokes (sometimes tempered with cries that sexual coercions is not funny ... and, honestly, it isn't). But the underlying theme in the jokes and the comparisons is the feeling that something isn't quite right in some black churches.