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Whites-only Christian Gathering Riles Some Alabama Neighbors

11:09 am - 07/06/2012

A three-day whites-only religious conference — which will conclude with a flaming cross — in Lamar County, Alabama, has some residents upset at the racist implications while the minister complains that his freedom of speech is being violated.


"Yes, we believe that the Europeans and their descendants are the chosen people of God," according to the website for Christian Identity Ministries, which is holding the event with Church of God’s Chosen. "We believe this, not because we think that the white race is superior, but because there is overwhelming proof in support of this belief. We do not back down from this belief, because we are certain."



"It was put up throughout the town in the middle of the night. (It was) when everyone was asleep without the permission of the business owner," said Tyler Cantrell, manager of Norris Music in nearby Winfield, Ala., the report said.

According to the flier, the three-day conference, being held in a rural area, will end with a "Sacred Christian Cross Lighting Ceremony."

Business people are upset. The city is upset,” Winfield Mayor Wayne Silas told the TV station. "The city of Winfield does not condone this."

Christian Identity Ministries founder Mel Lewis, who spoke to a reporter from WAFF TV of Huntsville, charged that the Winfield mayor was violating his flock’s right to free speech.

"The mayor ordered our fliers to be taken down," he said. "When did they start religious censorship?"

"We are not breaking any laws. We're not violating any ordinances. We're bringing the Word of God to people who want it, obviously, or they wouldn't be here," said Lewis at the rural venue, decorated with Confederate flags and KKK banners.

The cross-burning ceremony planned for Friday — reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan practice used to intimidate blacks — was especially troubling, said Hezekiah Jackson, president of the Birmingham Metro Chapter of the NAACP.

"The only context that I'm familiar with is one that is not very positive. And one that really symbolizes an era that many of us have hoped to put behind us," Jackson told WIAT TV of Birmingham. "And that is this whole era of Jim Crow, this whole era of white supremacy, this whole era of discrimination and racial hatred."

Lewis said the "cross lighting" ceremony is a symbolic rite of purification that long predates the Klan's inception, according to the report.

Some of the participants in the conference are Ku Klux Klan members, organizers said, though that was not a requirement.

"We don't have the facilities to accommodate other races, and we have nothing, not one bit of animosity, no racism whatsoever," Christian Identity Ministries Pastor William J. Collier told WIAT.





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Oh yeah, you're not racist at all. And those who are complaining are oppressing you, poor bigots. Nothing to see here..except a whites-only invitation, assoication with the KKK, confederate flags, a burning cross, and inherently racist beliefs...move along..

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ruby_chalice 6th-Jul-2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
You beat me to it. Just copied the same line to post. :D

This in the same week as the Higgs Boson particle discovery, highlighting the incredible complexity of the universe. And then you read this ridiculous religious hogwash.

I despair of humanity. AGAIN!
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popehippo 6th-Jul-2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
A three-day whites-only religious conference — which will conclude with a flaming cross — in Lamar County, Alabama, has some residents upset at the racist implications

y'all

that is not an implication
lizzy_someone 6th-Jul-2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
Newspapers are so fucking dainty about racism. I'm actually surprised they even used the word "racist" here, usually they just tiptoe around talking vaguely about ~racial overtones~.
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kyra_neko_rei 6th-Jul-2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
. . . this is stupid, with a large side of vile.

Or possibly vile, with a large side of stupid.

Both servings are so large that I'm not quite able to pin down their respective volumes.

Gonna go with vile, though, because it's entirely possible for stupid to exist without hurting anybody, and they've sailed this boat as fast as they could in the opposite direction.
zombieroadtrip 6th-Jul-2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
>racist implications

sideeyeing this author
jocelyncs 6th-Jul-2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the term you're looking for is "unashamed racism and blatant bigotry seething with bloody-minded hate."
poetic_pixie_13 6th-Jul-2012 05:04 pm (UTC)


I just saved a bunch of White People gifs and had trouble picking which one to use.

I just.... like, how do you not.....

Kay, I get that newsmedia has to stay neutral~ or whatever bullshit, but, like, I'm pretty sure if they plan to burn a motherfucking cross you can say it's racist.

Third time editing this comment because I just cannot with this and how you can say this shit with a straight face. I genuinely don't know sometimes if white people are just that fucking racist and willing to give boldfaced lies or are that fucking privileged and ignore the cognitive dissonance.

Edited at 2012-07-06 05:08 pm (UTC)
angelofdeath275 6th-Jul-2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
who is that man in this gif
tabaqui 6th-Jul-2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
So frigging tired of people like this. Fuck you, you asshats. You are racist, ignorant, and an embarrassment to humanity *and* white people. Just not *enough* white people. Blech.
grey853 6th-Jul-2012 05:28 pm (UTC)

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ceruleanst 6th-Jul-2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
"We don't have the facilities to accommodate other races"

Even if we ignored the context and took this flaccid excuse at face value, what facilities exactly? Is the idea here that if you allowed non-whites into your conference, they would need separate lavatories and so on?
vulturoso 6th-Jul-2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
They'd need higher ceilings, for one. This crew is always hunched over because of their tireless work of scraping the bottom of the barrel.
kishmet 6th-Jul-2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
Some of the participants in the conference are Ku Klux Klan members, organizers said, though that was not a requirement.

o well how marvelous to know that wasn't a requirement
circumambulate 6th-Jul-2012 07:13 pm (UTC)
you know, it's a nice-to-have.
kitanabychoice 6th-Jul-2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
I am so tired of racist people insulting my intelligence and telling me they're not racist when they're armed to the teeth with historically racist ideologies and paraphernalia.
circumambulate 6th-Jul-2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
but...but...but...do you mean to imply that history may be inaccurate and/or biased?!? Impossible!
brucelynn 6th-Jul-2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
Where do I begin?

strandedinaber 6th-Jul-2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
IDEK.
layweed 6th-Jul-2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
"We believe this, not because we think that the white race is superior, but because there is overwhelming proof in support of this belief. We do not back down from this belief, because we are certain."


citation needed
theguindo 6th-Jul-2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
"Yes, we believe that the Europeans and their descendants are the chosen people of God...there is overwhelming proof in support of this belief."

Translation: "I haven't actually read the Bible."
pleasure_past 6th-Jul-2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
Not only that, but "I don't know the first thing about the Bible. I wouldn't actually recognize the Bible if it came at me with a chainsaw."
masakochan 6th-Jul-2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
"We believe this, not because we think that the white race is superior, but because there is overwhelming proof in support of this belief. We do not back down from this belief, because we are certain."

In that case- can I say I'm pretty sure you're already showing enough overwhelming proof that support's my own, and several other peoples' belief that you're a racist fuckwad? 'Cause I'm finding myself pretty damn certain of it.

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