This story is about a Prospect Heights (IL) church that refused a one million dollar bid for its property from a Korean American church. Instead, the church reportedly accepted a bid from a primarily white congregation for half that amount.
The suit alleges that at a June 10 meeting where the Antioch Korean Covenant Church proposal was under discussion, members of the Prospect Heights Community Church council urged the congregation to vote against accepting the Korean church’s bid.
“The remarks included statements that ‘Koreans are dirty,’ ‘Koreans do not clean their site’ and ‘Korean kids are running around and cannot be controlled,’ or words to that effect, in response to which a number of Prospect members cheered,” the suit states. Kim said Prospect Heights Community Church members who attended the meeting told her church what had been said.
In a subsequent meeting, members of Antioch Korean Covenant Church discussed the vote with the Prospect Heights Community Church council. Don Sampen, the Korean church’s attorney, attended that meeting and said the council members didn’t deny making the comments but also didn’t see anything wrong with them.
I’m always a little taken aback when people say that the church can’t be racist. Obviously they have no knowledge of history whatsoever. I’ve heard it said that “Sunday is the most segregated day of the week,” and there’s some truth to it. Certainly this is a result of historical patterns of institutionalized racism that persist to this day.
Also, the assumption that Christians can’t be racist carries with it the idea that that purity, cleanliness, righteousness and morality stem from Christianity. By implication this suggests that Christians are a moral step above the rest of us. I don’t tend to think that Christians necessarily are more moral than non-Christians. More and more I am starting to believe that discrete groups of people have within them a broad spectrum of personality types.
But I thought greed fell within everybody’s description, especially when it involved half a million dollars.