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Outrage Over Whites-Only Christian Conference in Alabama

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Posted on Jul 5, 2012
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The Rev. William C. Collier cordially invites you to his three-day Christian conference in Alabama—but only if you’re white.

Fliers advertising the event titled “Annual Pastors Conference All White Christians Invited,” were reportedly put up during the middle of the night in Winfield early this week. Needless to say, the fliers upset many people, including Mayor Wayne Silas. He said he and Winfield’s residents were outraged by them, and added that the fliers were not representative of their community. The conference is being held in neighboring Lamar County.

“Business people are upset. The city is upset. The city of Winfield does not condone this,” Silas said.

The conference, which is currently under way and runs through Friday, will end with a “Sacred Christian Cross Lighting Ceremony.” According to the flier, that portion of the event is also “open to all white Christians.”

It’s 2012 still, right? Just checking.

—Posted by Tracy Bloom

WECT-TV:

The organizer of the event, Rev. William C. Collier says that his Church of God’s Chosen (Christian Identity Ministries) is not a hate group but adds that he believes “the white race is God’s chosen people.”

Collier defends why only white Christians are invited.

“We don’t have the facilities to accommodate other people. We haven’t got any invitations to black, Muslim events. Of course we are not invited to Jewish events and stuff,” Collier said.

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