Sometimes it refers to ways Christians oppose interracial marriage.
A good deal of the controversy over same-sex marriage has been linked to the comparison of it to interracial marriage.
Merely perusing the articles, comments and debates reveals that many believe that same-sex marriage today is what interracial marriage was in the past. But one argument in particular that has caught my attention is that just as Christianity is the major force opposing same-sex marriage today, it was the major force opposing interracial marriage in the past.
It is fair to say that Christians historically may have more opposition than support for interracial marriage but at best it was one of many sources of support of anti-miscegenation, and not a core source since some Christians were motivated by their religious beliefs to support interracial marriage.
My examination of Interracial Intimacy: The Regulation of Race and Romance by Rachel Moran proved to be quite frustrating.
He devotes a chapter looking at the influence of religion on the question of anti-miscegenation.
Washington looks at different religious groups as it concerns interracial coupling.
By and large these denominations either offered support for such marriages or did not take a stance on interracial marriage.
This is in contrast to the actions of many individual Christians who personally and openly opposed interracial marriage.
So far my survey of books that pay significant attention to the history of interracial marriage has not provided much information on the role of Christianity on the attempts to ban interracial marriage.
For these books the most that can be said is Christianity is a peripheral element in the resistance to interracial marriage.
As it concerns Christian denominations, Washington first notes the lack of agreement with what Christians say and what they do.