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Rev. Michael R. Jordan, pastor of New Era Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, is defending his decision to put up a church sign that says “Black Folks Need to Stay Out of White Churches.”

Mayor Randall Woodfin condemned the sign, calling it “a spirit of racism and division” that he says still remains in the city.

In an interview with AL.com, Jordan said the sign is in response to a new branch of the Church of the Highlands opening up in his neighborhood.

“I call it plantation religion, slavemaster religion,” he said of the new place of worship, which will have a Black pastor. “The white rich folks start a church and put a Black pastor in charge of it.”

Jordan has previously plastered phrases like “AIDS is God’s curse on a homosexual life,” “Trump deceived poor white folks” and “George Zimmerman jury supported white racism” on the church sign in Birmingham, Alabama, according to The Root.

Of his latest sign, he said:

“Because of white flight and societal change where whites left the city, they did not want to be our neighbors, did not want their kids to go to school with our children. They left the churches too. They sold the churches to us. White folks don’t want to be our neighbors. If you don’t want to be our neighbor, why do you feel comfortable putting a white church in the inner city?”

In a Facebook status, Mayor Woodfin wrote that he hopes the situation sparks a conversation about how the city can move forward.

“We have to change the conversation to what we need it to evolve into,” he wrote. “’Darkness can not drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate can not drive out hate; only love can do that.’ #rejecthate #elevatetheconversation”

Meanwhile, Jordan, who said “this last election revealed the major hypocrisy of the white institutional church,” isn’t budging from his position.

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9 thoughts on “Alabama Pastor Generates Controversy After Saying Whites Need To Stay Out Of Black Churches

  1. African American Woman on said:

    Does anyone else realize the title of this article is oppositonal to the subject of the article? Its black people should stay out of white people’s church’s…not the other way around…

    • Pastor Buls on said:

      I noticed that the title is exactly opposite of what the article is about. White people love for us to show up at their churches and worship their way, but no way in Hell are they finna come to our neighborhoods and grt with our way of doing things.

  2. ted gravely on said:

    Highlight the falsehood from this statement: “Because of white flight and societal change where whites left the city, they did not want to be our neighbors, did not want their kids to go to school with our children. They left the churches too. They sold the churches to us. White folks don’t want to be our neighbors. If you don’t want to be our neighbor, why do you feel comfortable putting a white church in the inner city?”

    For those that don’t think God would let you stay in bondage for your sins, go back and read the book of Daniel and the plight of Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego, or Moses.

    Now as to these opinions: “AIDS is God’s curse on a homosexual life,” “Trump deceived poor white folks” and “George Zimmerman jury supported white racism” on the church sign in Birmingham, Alabama, according to The Root.

    I can see his point. AIDS was introduced to our population by Rock Hudson and other famous male celebrities. Women got impacted because of down low men. The second opinion is look at what the SCOTUS did today on worker’s rights. The ruling destroyed your chance to get your case heard in court. Most arbitrators rule in favor of big corporations. Finally if people can call out the OJ Simpson jury, he can surely have an opinion about the Zimmerman jury.

    The good news is you’re free to worship as you please. However, he is free as a pastor to inform his flock and other people what he believes GOD has sent him to do.

  3. Passing Through!! on said:

    I call it plantation religion, slavemaster religion,”
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    AMEN! I agree with almost everything he said except for Aids being a curse against Homosexuals. White Christianity is a tool of white supremacy making Jesus ivory white with blue eyes and blond hair. Racist used religion to keep blacks subservient and passive. How can we worship with people who see us as inferior? Look at how the racist use religion to push their political agenda, they proclaim to be against abortion and gay rights but stands firmly behind the NRA and guns. These same so-called Christians who hated President Obama because he was black not because of his policies. Bible carrying, deep south racist are the absolute worst.

  4. Idiot black people following Christianity. LMFAO I can’t. Yeah, follow the religion once used to keep you in chains. So dumb. Africa has never produced ANYTHING. My god. Other than the Egyptians (who aren’t even black) what has AFrica ever produced (other than slaves)? Nothing. Aids and Ebola.

  5. African American Woman on said:

    Lol…I guess this is his new membership campaign…gotta get those tithes and offerings up!

    • msstarr82 on said:

      I suggest in your mind and words it is easier and more intelligent to accept Jordan’s stance to simply increasing his membership and financial gain as the point of the TRUTH with which he is speaking. I do NOT agree with him on the homosexual/AIDS misinformation and wrong belief but he has something honest to say on the behavior of white people for dummie dump and white “running” from Black people in their every day lives. The most segregated places in america are churches and it’s their tradition EVERY week. I don’t want to serve my GOD with racists who otherwise ignore me all other days of the week.

      • African American Woman on said:

        Yep, I sure do think this is a ploy to stir up controversy, get his name and church out there and, therefore, new members and new money…if he truly feels so strongly about this, he could have spread the word through his flock, not put up a divisive sign outside…what purpose does this serve except to stir up controversy? I’m black and I live in a racially diverse neighborhood and I love it…everyone is middle class, keeps up their property and are, at least, cordial to one another…if a white pastor did the same thing, you hypocrites would be “outraged” and be calling for his hanging…can’t have it both ways…

      • African American Woman on said:

        Not to mention; you sound like a child who’s feelings are hurt because the kids don’t like you…GROW UP! First, you complain that white people don’t want you around and then you get butthurt because they don’t want you around! Make up your mind; which one is it? Or better yet, get a life that’s full and interesting and then it won’t matter who does or doesn’t like … Don’t get me started on he fake Christian nonsense you’re by well…

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