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"The black church is not a Sunday morning sex drama." Weems, who is African-American and has written several books on women's spirituality, has her own criticisms of the black church.The literal interpretation of certain scriptures can lead to subjugating women, Weems says.This is just limiting their dating pool." The traditional structure and dynamics of black churches, mostly led by black men, convey submissive attitudes to women, Cooper says, encouraging them to be patient -- instead of getting up and going after what they want.Nearly ninety percent of African-Americans express "certain belief in God" and 55 percent say they "interpret scripture literally," according to the 2009 Pew Research Center study "A Religious Portrait of African-Americans." Dr.However, positive scripture messages, about love and justice, do exist and can be used to empower women rather than keep them "single and lonely." Weems says Cooper fails to examine deeper threads."What the black church does and what religion does is helps you create core values for your life and allows you to see what you appreciate in others.

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"I don't think the church keeps black women single," Watkins says.

"But I do agree that some black churches teach women that they must only date a man that goes to church regularly." Watkins, who is African-American and whose father is a Southern Baptist minister, described his interactions with southern women who are devout churchgoers.

(CNN) -- Legs covered in skin-toned stockings, her skirt crisp to the knee, Patty Davis slips on the black heels she has shined for the day.

"Got to look good in the Lord's house," she says as she spritzes her neck with White Diamonds perfume and exits her black Lincoln Town Car.

"Regardless if he's married or not, sometimes human desires will transcend beyond certain parameters and that's dangerous territory.

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