Kentucky Church Bans Interracial Couples from Membership

Stella Harville, 24, and her fiance' Ticha Chikuni, were banned by a vote Sunday, November 29, 2011, from worship participation and/or membership in Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church in Kentucky for being an interracial couple.

There are a lot of interracial couples out there feeling relieved that they can take one Kentucky church off their list of churches to join.  Even though the town may be small, surely there’s another game in town besides this one. 

According to MSNBC, Stella Harville, 24, and her fiance’, Ticha Chikuni, had visited Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church before, but wanted to sing a song during, what would turn out to be, their last visit.  Harville’s father, Dean Harville, is the church secretary, but the congregation still voted on a resolution Sunday that says:

“…anyone is welcome to attend services, but interracial couples could not become members or be “used in worship services or other church functions.”

Stella Harville is a graduate student at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana and her fiance is from South Africa. Chikuni is a student advisor at Georgetown college.  But having brains are not high up on the list of membership qualifications at this particular church.

Stella found the move to ban them “hurtful.”  She should be jumping for joy.  But, to be discriminated against is ugly and shameful to all involved.  They are seeking to have the resolution overturned.  Read more here.

-J.C. Brooks

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