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Bluzmann57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-18-08 04:34 AM
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1. When I was a kid, about nine or ten
Edited on Tue Mar-18-08 04:36 AM by Bluzmann57
My mom and dad had a plot of land which they converted into garden space for inner city blacks so that they could learn to grow veggies and become more self sufficient as well as feeling more dignified. Now you have to understand that we lived in a real small town, around 2500 people or so and the people (the gardeners) usually came in carloads from an inner city church of a larger city that my parents were familiar with. The garden was done with the spirit of friendship and co-operation between people of all races.
Well, one day, I was riding my bike like youngsters do, and a pastor of a local church hollered out at me, "Tell your mom to get those n***s out of town!" I knew that particular word was wrong so I decided to go home and talk this over with my mom. She was aghast that the particular pastor would say or even think such a thing and after she explained that some people were just plain ignorant, she called him and read him the riot act. The pastor was a fundie, and my parents attended (still do) another church in the same town where tolerance and acceptance is taught and encouraged. Anyway, the pastor left town shortly thereafter, but you can bet that the congregants of that particular church felt the same way he did, at least for the most part. But they were not going to say anything to me or my "n*** loving" family because they couldn't deal with the strength we had due to our peaceful and tolerant ways. I guess the point is that not all church goers are bad, but certain fundies give a lot of religions a black eye with their rigid world views.
edited for a slight punctuation error.
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