How do you decide where to live?

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Family, Home | Posted on 31-01-2008

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Over the last two years, Sam and I have talked about mov­ing else­where. Geor­gia has almost no con­sumer pro­tec­tions for cit­i­zens, has a crap­py sup­port struc­ture for humans in just about every way you can imag­ine, and has law enforce­ment who don’t care to enforce laws unless you’ve got enough mon­ey to get their atten­tion. Essen­tial­ly, we want to live in a blue state, which means leav­ing the Bible belt. Cool­er weath­er would be nice, too. Less humid heat, at least, would be a relief.

We haven’t real­ly made plans, not want­i­ng to uproot Katie while she was in school and so on. There’s a lot of iner­tia, too, since I’ve been here all my life (except for the few years in Alaba­ma before my par­ents moved us to Atlanta). Sam was born here, and was­n’t thrilled with New York or New Jer­sey when he lived there. Our fam­i­lies are here, which means some­thing, even if we don’t see them that often.

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.