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Friday, December 10, 2004

God loves Slavery

Hey now.

Guess what? We were wrong about the whole "slave" thing.

According to the Bible, that is.

Least...that's what some 'Merican kids are a learnin.'

I ripped this off from Atrios, but will get into it below.

Let's start with some excerpts from an article originally posted in the North Carolina News Observer. (Read the full article here.)

Here we go!
School defends slavery booklet - Critic says text is 'window dressing'

By T. KEUNG HUI, Staff Writer

Students at one of the area's largest Christian schools are reading a controversial booklet that critics say whitewashes Southern slavery with its view that slaves lived "a life of plenty, of simple pleasures."
Say what?
Leaders at Cary Christian School say they are not condoning slavery by using "Southern Slavery, As It Was," a booklet that attempts to provide a BIBLICAL JUSTIFICATION for slavery and asserts that slaves weren't treated as badly as people think.
Oh. okay. Sounds good. Keep reading.
Principal Larry Stephenson said the school is only exposing students to different ideas, such as how the South justified slavery. He said the booklet is used because it is hard to find writings that are both sympathetic to the South and explore what the Bible says about slavery.
God. How can that be?
"You can have two different sides, a Northern perspective and a Southern perspective," he said.
Damn. Just realized that I have a Northern perspective. Too bad for me.

More excerpts from "Southern Slavery, As It Was":
"There has never been a multi-racial society which has existed with such mutual intimacy and harmony in the history of the world." (page 24)
Didn't know that.
* "Slave life was to them a life of plenty, of simple pleasures, of food, clothes, and good medical care." (page 25)
Oh, right. That's why "blacks" long for a return to slavery.
* "Nearly every slave in the South enjoyed a higher standard of living than the poor whites of the South -- and had a much easier existence." (page 30)
I have a headache.

By the way:
The booklet's other author, Steve Wilkins, is a member of the board of directors of the Alabama-based League of the South. That is classified as a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based civil rights group.

"Doug Wilson and Steve Wilkins have essentially constructed the ruling theology of the neo-Confederate movement," said Mark Potok, editor of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report.

Potok said people who argue that the South should secede again have latched onto the writings of Wilson and Wilkins, which portray the Confederacy as the last true Christian civilization.
A civilization supported by biblical law.

More later...


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