Dixon Memorial Methodist Church couldn’t be reached for comment on why the church would host a meeting that excludes people by race because the Bible makes numerous statements promoting equality, including Galatians 3:28:
There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. (NRSV)
And Acts 10:34:
Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality…” (NRSV)
As well as Mark 12:31:
The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (NRSV)
On its Facebook page, BLM Nashville suffered severe backlash over the church meeting.
“Am I the only black person here that finds this appalling?” Eugene J. asked. “Not all whites are your enemies, and not all blacks are your friends.”
Another gentleman, Greg Z., pointed out the irony of BLM Nashville.
“BLM Nashville, you are the only ones fueling the flames of hate; everyone is just simply pointing out that you cannot just make up your own rules,” he wrote. “Especially with public places that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers… it still comes down that in a taxpayer-owned building.”
“You cannot discriminate who can and cannot attend a discussion.”