Christianity and the Abolitionist Movement

A quick excerpt from a blog you need to know about, Christ the Tao, speaking on Christianity and slavery:

the modern abolitionist movement, led by zealous believers like William Wilberforce, was no fluke. There is, in the genome of Scripture, something that pushes towards liberty, that eventually emerged in a big way.

[From Christ the Tao]

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  1. Crude

    Sorry for the off-topic post, but this is disgusting. This is wretched, this is a sick joke.

    Obama calls for restraint in Egypt. Guess who by?

    ““The President is deeply concerned about the violence in Egypt that has led to a tragic loss of life among demonstrators and security forces,” Obama said in a statement released this week. ”Now is a time for restraint on all sides so that Egyptians can move forward together to forge a strong and united Egypt.””

    Restraint on all sides?

    Look, I’m not on board with the anti-muslim schticks I see around so often. But no, when Christians are being slaughtered in a majority muslim country, this is not the time to say ‘both sides need to cool off’.

    This is a statement that deserves outrage and condemnation. Where is it? Can you imagine if Obama said this to the slaughter of pick-your-damn-group?

  2. Bill R.

    Crude, I totally agree. This attitude grows out of the all-religions-are-the-same paradigm that is so prevalent in our culture, and especially the media. The site getreligion.org does a good job of picking apart that sort of faulty thinking in mainstream news reports (disclaimer: GetReligion is a blog devoted to analyzing journalistic coverage of religion, not religion itself. As such, they try, in their analysis, to take a neutral stance on issues of worldview and doctrine. If anyone decides to visit the site — which I highly recommend — you should know that the mods there are pretty vigilant about deleting comments that are merely arguments or opinions about religious topics and have no relevance to journalism).

    A couple of posts about media coverage of the violence in Egypt:

    http://www.getreligion.org/2011/10/its-time-to-nix-sectarian-in-egyptian-reports/

    http://www.getreligion.org/2011/03/sectarian-clash-between-copts-and-a-mob/

    GetReligion frequently criticizes the media template of “Muslims vs. Christians”, noting that it is not only grossly unfair to Coptic Christians (by painting them as co-aggressors morally equivalent to the militant Islamists), but also to Muslims. This template would lead readers to believe that all Muslims are violently anti-Christian when, in fact, a small but significant minority of Muslims have actually stood up for the protection of Christians, marched with them to protest the burning of churches, etc. Granted that reliable information is hard to come by in a place as unstable as Egypt, but the mainstream media in the US have really dropped the ball in terms of accurately portraying the situation there.

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