Red/Blue, Strict/Nurturing Families, and Inherited vs. Negotiated Commitments

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Civil Rights, Family, politics | Posted on 09-01-2008

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I know that I read Red Fam­i­ly, Blue Fam­i­ly: Mak­ing sense of the val­ues issue by Doug Mud­er sev­er­al years ago.1 I clear­ly remem­ber post­ing a link to it in Suzette Haden Elgin’s blog, and hav­ing her pick it up and pass it on enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly.

A friend post­ed a link to it again this week, and I re-read it today. I don’t know why, but it made even more sense this time around. Mud­er uses the work of George Lakoff (Moral Pol­i­tics : How Lib­er­als and Con­ser­v­a­tives Think and Don’t Think of an Ele­phant: Know Your Val­ues and Frame the Debate–The Essen­tial Guide for Pro­gres­sives) and James Ault (Spir­it and Flesh: Life in a Fun­da­men­tal­ist Bap­tist Church) to explain things that have pre­vi­ous­ly seemed inex­plic­a­ble.

Baptist Church Votes Not to Accept Black Members

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Civil Rights | Posted on 28-08-2006

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By way of Rebec­ca Blood­’s blog, more bad news on the civ­il rights front.

The North­east Mis­sis­sip­pi Dai­ly Jour­nal reports that Fel­low­ship Bap­tist Church in Saltil­lo vot­ed on August 6 not to accept black mem­bers. In doing so, they rescind­ed a pre­vi­ous invi­ta­tion to join the con­gre­ga­tion that had been extend­ed to the fam­i­ly of a bira­cial child who had “accept­ed Jesus” at the church dur­ing a revival.

Pas­tor John Stevens resigned after the vote.

The church was “afraid Joe might come with his peo­ple and have blacks in the church,” Stevens said. “I could not go along with that. There would always be a wall between us, so I resigned that night.”

At least they seem to be embar­rassed about it, as the con­gre­ga­tion began deny­ing that the vote ever hap­pened after an August 17 meet­ing in response to press inquiries.

BTW — when most of us think of Bap­tists, we’re think­ing of the South­ern Bap­tist Con­ven­tion, which is the biggest group. This church is part of the small­er Bap­tist Mis­sion­ary Alliance. The arti­cle does­n’t men­tion any response from the denom­i­na­tion.