Wednesday, 1 August 2012

And I thought we had problems in South Africa

Not sure if any of you have heard about this but a couple in Mississippi was not allowed to marry at their church because they are black!

Now it is not as though they selected a strange church full of racists from the yellow pages, this is the church they attend on a regular basis. It seems that it was a very small group that had a problem with this and Stan the minister man decided to give in to their whining.

The amazing thing to me is that the world tends to point fingers to South Africa for racism but this story shows that there are racists everywhere. Every country has it's "iceholes" (and yes we have quite a few) but clearly the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs has a few of their own.

So next time anyone feels like flogging Mzansi for racism please take the time to check your own backyard and start there. Everyone here is very aware of the history of our country and though my generation have not experienced apartheid first hand we are well educated on the subject and very much aware of it's existence.

No country can afford to become complacent on issues of discrimination whether it be on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or any of the other reasons people use to instill hatred. That's just what it is, hatred, and this small group of people from the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs call themselves followers of a loving and caring God. Perhaps they should go read their 10 commandments again.

1 comment:

  1. So true! Stefan has seen quite a bit of the world outside of South Africa with his travels for operas and he says that each time he arrives back in SA he is so thankful. The reason is that we have such a beautiful and free country. Our livings costs are affordable in comparison to other countries. He says that petrol in Belgium cost R60 per litre (and that was in 2005)! Yes, we have crime but other countries have crime too. The only major difference is that first world countries in comparison to South Africa as a third world (or developing) country has a better infrastructure to deal with it. Also, South Africa has a much larger population than many of the European countries which causes crime statistics to be slightly skew because it is not given in relation to the population size. Looking at http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_tot_cri-crime-total-crimes/ one will see that SA is ranked #7 in terms of crime with the USA #1 followed by the UK at #2. And still people think living in the UK is better than SA. I just don't get it!

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