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Christians Freed The Slaves

Dan thinks we should mostly credit atheists not Christians with liberalisation in the US. let's see about that. lets start with the biggest, greatest, most important bit of liberalisation: freeing the slaves.

a quick google search and here's some info

The word "slave" was never used to describe a legitimate condition in the Hebrew Bible. Instead, to describe the immoral thing it is, terms such as "made . . . to serve with rigor" and "hard bondage" (Exodus 1:13-14) were used to describe the concept

Hmm, apparently there were religious arguments against slavery. I wonder who made them...

Pursuant to English and U.S. constitutional and criminal law, slavery was illegal and unconstitutional. Kidnaping, murder, robbery, and rape (the basic features of slavery as it existed) were illegal. Some religious Northerners said that slavery was therefore a sin. A number of men had written books, articles, and even set up newspapers to oppose it, and get it abolished. But they were not having success, as most Northerners felt unaffected by slavery. Any sin, it wasn't them doing it.

So sounds like most Northerns thought it was a sin. Anyone who thinks it's a sin is A) religious B) pro-liberalisation on this issue

in 1850, slave holders had Congress pass a law (the Fugitive Slave Act) making following those biblical principles a crime, "aiding and abetting" escapes. This law made Northerners such as Mrs. Stowe feel that they were now being forced to participate in the sin. So the law was widely defied as unbiblical and unchristian.

pro-slavery laws were opposed because they were unbiblical and unchristian. QED?


Elliot Temple on February 18, 2004

Comments (6)

Yes, Elliot. We all know a majority of abolitionists were christians. And a majority of slaveowners, what were they? Atheist? Muslim? Jewish?



No, no, no. Christian, just like the abolitionists.



In fact, back then America was even more a Christian nation than now.



...So?


Dan at 4:35 AM on February 18, 2004 | #443

so if everyone was Christian, things would improve, not stay the same.


Elliot at 5:07 AM on February 18, 2004 | #444

Improve much faster if some/many were *not* Christian.


Dan Frank at 6:00 PM on February 18, 2004 | #445

You mean like progress in Iran? Not too many Christians there.


Elliot at 10:33 PM on February 18, 2004 | #446

Are you fucking ducks again?


Dan at 11:26 PM on February 18, 2004 | #447

Congratulations on getting banned. In one month you may email me a good reason to unban you, if you can think of one.


Elliot at 11:31 PM on February 18, 2004 | #448

What do you think?

(This is a free speech zone!)