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They want a man to which they are 'equally yoked' -- a man that goes to church five times a week and every Sunday just like they do," Cooper said in a recent interview.
"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.
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.
"The reason why black women who go to black churches are not married is because they are looking for certain values in a man," Weems says.
"It is not the church that keeps them single, but the simple fact that good values are lacking in some of our men." Choose or lose the church Cooper says her goal is to empower black women.