Don’t Let Go of Progress

Born into an intolerant American society, when slavery was legal, Jane Pittman lived to see tolerance merge through gore and injustice. Miss Jane Pittman was born a slave and lived to become a part of the civil rights movement in the 1960’s.

I recommend the 1974 film, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, starring Cicely Tyson, Eric Brown, and Richard Dysart. The film is a stunning reminder that it wasn’t all that long ago that prejudice was believed to have a foundation. It requires courage to nurture the attitude that allows equal coexistence between people of competing beliefs despite the rhetoric of leaders.

Recently, the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church in Kentucky voted to ban interracial coupling, drafted, proposed, and passed by a former pastor.

Yes, bigotry in the 21st century.

Fortunately, last week, the Sandy Valley Conference of Free Will Baptists declared the vote null and void and the new pastor of the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church moved forward to promote peace and good-will.

Our sense of unity can outweigh our confessional differences.

“For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.” (Ps. 11:7, NIV)


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3 thoughts on “Don’t Let Go of Progress

  1. yogaleigh December 8, 2011 at 11:44 am Reply

    I’m not sure I’m understanding — the Gulnare Church overturned the ban on interracial marriage and the Sandy Valley Conference overturned that vote, thus restoring the ban on interracial marriage? What’s the part that unifies?

    • Cheryl Petersen December 8, 2011 at 8:42 pm Reply

      Oh my, thank you Leigh for commenting. My mistake in wording. I edited it! Take care and have a beautiful day.

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