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  •  I'm sure they're out there, but... (14+ / 0-)

    ... I've lived in Mississippi my whole life and so far I don't think I've ever run into a racist who wasn't a church-goer.   That's not to say every church-goer is a racist, by any means, but it does seem to be something that's learned in church.  And a lot of non-racist believers are giving up on church these days because of it.

    One of my best friends is (or was) Southern Baptist.  His dad's a big-wig at the church, a deacon or whatever - I don't keep up with Baptist heirarchical shit, but he's high up.  Anyway, my friend used to get in trouble here because he wouldn't go along with his church when they would do bigoted things.  Like, once the comic strip, For Better Or Worse, ran a storyline that had to do with a main character's friend coming out as gay.  The local Baptists pitched a shit-fit about it and wanted everybody in the church to sign a petition.  My friend (I think he was still a teenager at the time) refused, and got all kinds of flack from everybody in the church.  He didn't care; he wanted to see how the story turned out and didn't see any way it would harm anybody.  And, of course, it didn't.  It wasn't even a very controversial story, really -- it just basically said "hey, gay people exist, can you be friends with them?  Yes." -- but it got so bad the newspaper put ballots in it where you could vote whether or not they'd run the rest of the strip.  Since the local Baptist churches went out and stole all the newspapers from vending machines all over town so they could do all the voting, the newspaper said "Fuck you, we're running the strip."  And they did, the whole storyline in one day, on the editorial page.

    Also, my friend got in trouble again when a black family showed up at his church, and, after the services, the preacher quietly took them aside and told them (as politely as anyone could do such a hideous thing) that their presence made some people "uncomfortable" so they might prefer going to church somewhere else.  After that, I'm sure they would.  My friend was pissed off at that and raised a little hell about it, and that made the other churchgoers uncomfortable, too.

    Anyway, he eventually moved to L.A.   He wants to move back here really bad but hasn't found a job that'd pay as much as he makes there yet... but he said whenever he moves back, he won't be going to church -- getting away from that was one thing that made him move to L.A. in the first place.   And his church is one of the milder ones around here.

    "Glenn Beck ends up looking like a fat, stupid child. His face should be wearing a chef's hat on the side of a box of eclairs. " - Doug Stanhope

    by Front Toward Enemy on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 06:21:33 AM PDT

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