Georgia City Councilman: Interracial Marriage Is Not How Christians Should Live


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Georgia City Councilman: Interracial Marriage Is Not How Christians Should Live May 6, 2019 Michael Stone

Bible Belt Racism: A Georgia city councilman defends his mayor’s decision to discriminate against a black man by citing his sincerely held Christian beliefs and his opposition to interracial marriage.

Recently Mayor Theresa Kenerly of Hoschton, Georgia confessed to rejecting a candidate for city administrator because he’s black. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Mayor Kenerly told a member of the City Council she pulled the resume of Keith Henry from a packet of four finalists “because he is black, and the city isn’t ready for this.”


The fact that Mayor Kenerly rejected a job applicant because he is black is simply despicable. And to their credit, several city council members spoke out against the blatant racism. But some on the city council defended the mayor’s open racism.

Can you feel the Christian love?

Georgia City Councilman: Interracial Marriage Is Not How Christians Should Live (Image via City of Hoschton)
Georgia City Councilman: Interracial Marriage Is Not How Christians Should Live (Image via City of Hoschton)

For example, Hoschton City Councilman Jim Cleveland defended Mayor Kenerly, saying “she might have been right” to discriminate against the black applicant. Cleveland said:

I don’t know how they would take it if we selected a black administrator. She might have been right.

Councilman Cleveland then went on to explain that he is a Christian, and as a Christian, he has a problem with “race mixing.” Cleveland said:

I’m a Christian and my Christian beliefs are you don’t do interracial marriage. That’s the way I was brought up and that’s the way I believe.

Cleveland added:

I have black friends, I hired black people. But when it comes to all this stuff you see on TV, when you see blacks and whites together, it makes my blood boil because that’s just not the way a Christian is supposed to live.

Cleveland’s position is deplorable, but not surprising. Many conservative Christians are racist. One need only look at the overwhelming support Trump currently enjoys from conservative Christians to understand the deep racism that continues to flourish in white conservative Christian communities.

The only difference is that most conservative Christians are not as open with their racism as  Councilman Cleveland.

Bottom line: While defending Mayor Theresa Kenerly after she refused to consider a job applicant because he was black, Hoschton City Councilman Jim Cleveland declares that he’s “a Christian,” and that seeing “blacks and whites together” makes his “blood boil” because “that’s just not the way a Christian is supposed to live.”

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4 thoughts on “Georgia City Councilman: Interracial Marriage Is Not How Christians Should Live

  1. He is right about race mixing not being right concerning the house of Isreal only. The God of Abraham, Issic and Jacob gave a direct clear command
    to his chosen people the Israelits himself!
    However, this commandment was only given to the house of Isreal. The other nations including Christians which is not a Nation are free to mary who they please.

    Deuteronomy 7:3-6
    [3]Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.
    [4]For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.
    [5]But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.
    [6]For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.

    1 Kings 11:2
    [2]Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.

    Ezra 9:12
    [12]Now therefore give not your daughters unto their sons, neither take their daughters unto your sons, nor seek their peace or their wealth for ever: that ye may be strong, and eat the good of the land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children for ever.

  2. I have had it with this resurgence of bigotry, A President is elected who makes bigoted remarks and suddenly we have an open market of Klu Klux Klan, and a host of narrow minded people, some who hide behind the bible to back up their racism. Remember there is no such thing as a master race, but there is such a thing as low intelligence, brainwashing, anger and hostility and a narrow mind So this is how evolved we have become ! All of the sudden we justify our hatred and the United States is now more bigoted than it has been in the past fifty years, I doubt that someone who doesn’t want an African American council person and or hates to see black and whites mixing together has any black friends. I think they might condescend to speaking to them when they are making a business transaction, or something else as trivial as that , but I see no love here…. all I see is a justification to hate.

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