Baptist beliefs on interracial dating

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"Thompson told me that Stella and her boyfriend were not allowed to sing in the church any more," said Mr Harville. ” He added that the ban was a “black eye to the church, a black eye to our community and a black eye to God”.

It adds that anyone is welcome to attend services, but interracial couples could not be "received as members, nor will they be used in worship services and other church functions – with the exception being funerals".

And the denomination is pushing for the church to reverse itself.

But, fifty years ago such a policy would be common.

The university bookstore sold a booklet by Marshall Neal of their Bible Department outlining why interracial marriage violated Scripture.

The university went as far as firing two staff members for attending Southside Baptist Church because their church admitted an interracial couple.

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