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So began the British slave trade. Existing philosophical works were destroyed. He was branded on his hand by the United States Government with the markings S. Yes older fat and ugly men.
It's made m matches worldwide. The established pattern was repeated in one location after another. Most western men are looking for wifeslaves. As in Europe the holy sites of the locals were destroyed, or in some cases taken over as Christian holy sites. These barbarians marched with bibles at the head of their armies. Never insult her family and religion — Filipinos are very close to their families and they are very religious. Here are a few quotations from the Jesuit Saint Francis Xavier, documented from his letters by a fellow Jesuit:.
He also will spend hours of his time needlessly replaying the same negative thoughts in his head. The guy who gets results is aware of queues the girl gives.
He also is aware of the social environment. He knows when to move forward and when to back off. He is very alert and knows exactly what he wants. He has put in the time to learn these signs and what they mean. When the girl pushes him away, he feels bad and starts judging himself rather than reading what she actually means. He may might call her too frequently, not give her breathing room or be overly aggressive. There are so many things you can do to come from a non-needy mentality.
The main thing you want to do is learn to value yourself and love yourself. Put yourself first and develop yourself. Be proud of who you are and what you have accomplished.
Make a list of reasons why you are awesome and what makes you valuable. Get a lot of experience under your belt and learn how to become more sensitive to female communication and underlying meanings. Remember, good persistence is being confident and aware, while bad persistence being is needy and confused. Cases like this rarely came to court, but when they did they generally ended in acquital, as in this case, so the Reverend gentleman walked free. The Reverend Richard Fuller summed up the Church's position in Only one Christian leader of any note was opposed to slavery, John Wesley.
Here are a few of his observations on slaves and their treatment. As to the punishments inflicted on them, says Sir Hans Sloan, "They frequently geld them, or chop off half a foot: After they are whipped till they are raw all over, some put pepper and salt upon them: Some drop melted wax upon their skin. Others cut off their ears, and constrain them to broil and eat them.
And again, an account of Christian sadism: The author of the history of Jamaica, wrote about the year , in his account of the sufferings of the negroes, says, The people of that island have indeed the severest ways of punishing; no country exceeds them in a barbarous treatment of their slaves, or in the cruel methods by which they are put to death. After confirming what is before said he adds, "They starve them to death, with a loaf hanging over their mouths. I have seen these unfortunate wretches gnaw the flesh off their shoulders, and expire in all the frightful agonies of one under the most horrible tortures.
He adds, I incline to touch the hardship which these poor creatures suffer in the tenderest manner, from a particular regard which I have to many of their masters; but I cannot conceal their sad circumstances entirely: I have seen some of them treated in that cruel manner, for no other reason but to satisfy the brutish pleasure of an overseer, who has their punishment mostly at his discretion.
I have seen their bodies all in a gore of blood, the skin torn off their backs with the cruel whip, beaten pepper and salt rubbed in the wounds, and a large slick of sealing-wax dropped leisurely upon them.
It is no wonder, adds this author if the horrid pain of such inhuman tortures incline them to rebel. Re-printed in Philadelphia, with notes, and sold by Joseph Crookshank, , p On the Law of Barbados, which imposed a light penalty for killing a slave:. And not be liable to any other punishment or forfeiture for the same! Detail of the above. This man has his hands tied behind his back, and is hanging from a gibbet by a metal hook, hooked around a single rib. Another instance fell under the immediate notice of a person of credit, when in the island of Jamaica, now residing in this city.
Hearing a grievous cry, he went to the place from whence it came, where he saw a young Negro woman of about eighteen years of age, swung by her hands, with heavy weights at her feet, and a man lashing her naked body with a hard whip; making pauses from time to time, and flinging pickle or salt and water on the wounds, the whip had made.
The sight was so horrible, that he turned from it and came home. Sometime after, looking out, he saw this same young woman carried dead on a board: She had been cruelly whipped to death; neither did he observe that this pitious spectacle drew the concern or hardly attention of the people. Wesley's views on slavery were not shared by his fellow Methodists - as this cartoon of points out, slave holders had been permitted to be members of God's Church since apostolic times, and abolitionists were servants of the Devil.
While Thomas Paine opposed slavery in America, his fellow freethinkers opposed it in his native country. Granville Sharp, a British humanitarian lawyer, sought to bring cases before the courts, arguing that throwing slaves overboard to drown was murder. The prevailing Christian view was that a ship's captain was free to jettison them, just like any other property Within a few years, by , a campaign to abolish the Atlantic slave trade was started by a group of Quakers It was supported by non-believers.
As the movement grew, various nonconformist groups and some evangelical Christians joined it, but all traditional Churches and mainstream Christian sects consistently opposed it.
On November 29th, the crew of the slave ship Zong threw - African slaves overboard because of a shortage of water. The owners subsequently made an insurance claim for the loss of their "cargo". The claim was disputed and gave rise to a legal case Gregson v Gilbert 3 Doug. The Christian English court held that in certain circumstances, the deliberate killing of slaves was legal and that insurers could be required to pay for the slaves' deaths, though in this case the slave owners lost, due to evidence being introduced suggesting fault on behalf of the captain and crew.
Image from French, A. William Wilberforce is usually accredited with abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire, although he came many years after the first abolitionist campaigners. He too was an unbeliever when he espoused abolition. Later as an evangelical he was able to sit in Parliament which unbelievers were not.
There he stood out amongst his fellow Christians as an exception. He noted that those who opposed slavery were nonconformists and godless reformers, and that Church people were indifferent to the cause of abolition, or else actively obstructed it. His support came from Quakers, Utilitarians and assorted freethinkers. Like the freethinkers who had started the movement, he was condemned by the mainstream Churches as presuming to know better than the Bible.
His successor, Sir Thomas Buxton, was another maverick, an evangelical with Quaker sympathies. The Church had enjoyed 1, years during which it had had the power to ban slavery but had failed to do so, or even to have expressed any desire to do so. Bishops of London and archbishops of York were involved in the management of the Society, while its governing body included archbishops of Canterbury.
One Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Thomas Secker, wrote to a fellow bishop in about slave deaths, his concern apparently being for the financial implications: Surely this proceeds from some defect, both of humanity and even of good policy. But we must take things as they are at present.
Once reform was in the air, the mainstream churches opposed it with all their power. They vilified reformers including Wilberforce and attacked them for daring to question the plain word of God. Anglican clergymen still owned slaves and continued to oppose abolition well into the nineteenth century.
One of their number was the most effective supporter of slavery during the s abolitionist campaign in Jamaica All mainstream Churches agreed with the traditional view that slavery was ordained by God. To practice slavery was therefore meritorious, and to try to stop the practice was sinful. With the exception of Quakers, and John Wesley, all denominations agreed. The two hundredth anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade was commemorated in In Britain became the first major power to permanently abolish the slave trade, but slave owning was still legal in the colonies.
To get the bill through, Parliament voted to compensate slave owners There was no compensation for the slaves themselves. Individual Anglican Churchmen had to be compensated separately. Compensation recorded in the British Parliamentary Papers vol. Subsequent decrees modified a few of the code's provisions, but this first document established the principles for the policing of slavery up to The code set out a number of rights and responsibilities, mainly concerning slavery but also mentioning Jews.
Below are some notable highlights. It lays great emphasis on the Roman Catholic religion. For the full text click on the following link to the Code Noire. As with all declared enemies of Christianity, we command them to be gone within three months of the day of issuance of the present [order], at the risk of confiscation of their persons and their goods.
We forbid any religion other than the Roman, Catholic, and Apostolic Faith from being practiced in public. We desire that offenders be punished as rebels disobedient of our orders. We forbid any gathering to that end, which we declare to be conventicle, illegal, and seditious, and subject to the same punishment as would be applicable to the masters who permit it or accept it from their slaves. No persons assigned to positions of authority over Negroes shall be other than a member of the Roman, Catholic, and Apostolic Faith.
We forbid our subjects who belong to the so-called "reformed" religion from causing any trouble or unforeseen difficulties for our other subjects or even for their own slaves in the free exercise of the Roman, Catholic, and Apostolic Faith, at the risk of exemplary punishment. We declare that our subjects who are not of the Roman, Catholic, and Apostolic Faith, are incapable of contracting a valid marriage in the future.
We declare any child born from such unions to be bastards, and we desire that said marriages be held and reputed, and to hold and repute, as actual concubinage. We forbid priests from conducting weddings between slaves if it appears that they do not have their masters' permission. We also forbid masters from using any constraints on their slaves to marry them without their wishes.
Children born from marriages between slaves shall be slaves, and if the husband and wife have different masters, they shall belong to the masters of the female slave, not to the master of her husband. We also forbid slaves who belong to different masters from gathering, either during the day or at night, under the pretext of a wedding or other excuse, either at one of the master's houses or elsewhere, and especially not in major roads or isolated locations. They shall risk corporal punishment that shall not be less than the whip and the fleur de lys, and for frequent recidivists and in other aggravating circumstances, they may be punished with death, a decision we leave to their judge.
Slaves shall not be a party, either in court or in a civil matter, either as a litigant or as a defendant, or as a civil party in a criminal matter. The fugitive slave who has been on the run for one month from the day his master reported him to the police, shall have his ears cut off and shall be branded with a fleur de lys on one shoulder. If he commits the same infraction for another month, again counting from the day he is reported, he shall have his hamstring cut and be branded with a fleur de lys on the other shoulder.
The third time, he shall be put to death. The masters may also, when they believe that their slaves so deserve, chain them and have them beaten with rods or straps. We declare slaves to be charges, and as such enter into community property. They are not to be mortgaged, and shall be shared equally between the co-inheritors without benefit to the wife or one particular inheritor Slaves in the US were mere property, even in so-called free states, as confirmed in the case of Dred Scott v.
A slave named Dred Scott tried to sue his master, Dr. John Emerson, a surgeon in the US Army, for his freedom and that of his wife and their two daughters, on the grounds that they had moved to free states and that the slave family, was therefore free.
The Court held that Congress had no authority to prohibit slavery in federal territories because slaves are personal property and the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution protected property owners against deprivation of their property without due process of law.
According to Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, the authors of the Constitution had viewed all blacks as "beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations, and so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect".
Negro women's children to serve according to the condition of the mother. Whereas some doubts have arisen whether children got by any Englishman upon a negro woman should be slave or free, Be it therefore enacted and declared by this present grand assembly, that all children borne in this country shall be held bond or free only according to the condition of the mother, and that if any Christian shall commit fornication with a negro man or woman, he or she so offending shall pay double the fines imposed by the former act.
Slave Advertisement, Charleston, South Carolina, s Slaves were regarded like livestock - healthy specimens commanded higher prices. Since they were merely property, there could be no objection to branding slaves just like any other animal. Neither was there any obligation to treat them more humanely than animals in other ways.
Their prices depended on supply and demand like any other commodity. Female breeders would be sold at premium prices after the importation of African slaves to North America and the Caribbean ceased. Sometimes slaves were hamstrung to stop them escaping.
If they had escaped before, they could have a leg amputated to stop them doing so again. Once their working lives were over, they were put down Black slaves in the Caribbean and Americas received little education, but what they were allowed was mainly religious. Preachers tended to concentrate on biblical passages, such as those already quoted that endorsed slavery and counselled passive acceptance of it.
Surviving texts show that among missionaries, the problem of preventing slaves from enjoying themselves on the Sabbath was more important than the question of slavery itself Here is John Wesley on the Law in Virginia. Note that the officials responsible for dealing with escaped slaves are not state officials, but Church officials:. The law of Virginia ordains, "That no slave shall be set free, under any pretence whatever, except for some meritorious services, to be adjudged and allowed by the governor and council: And that where any slave shall be set free by his owner, otherwise than is herein directed, the church-wardens of the parish wherein such Negro shall reside for the space of one month are hereby authorized and required, to take up and sell the said Negro, by public outcry.
And Wesley on the law of Virginia allowing any method of torturing to death slaves who ran away from their owners:. We have seen already some of the ways and means which have been thought fit on such occasions.
And many more might be mentioned. One gentleman, when I was abroad thought fit to roast his slave alive! Here are just a few of the many documents still available on the internet where nineteenth century Christians argue for slavery in the USA and against the abolitionist arguments of "infidels" - ie secularists.
Cartwright discovered an illness "Drapetomania" peculiar to "negroes", which caused them to run away from their slave masters if the masters were too harsh or too kind. You can read the full text here aaa. If the white man attempts to oppose the Deity's will, by trying to make the negro anything else than "the submissive knee-bender," which the Almighty declared he should be, by trying to raise him to a level with himself, or by putting himself on an equality with the negro; or if he abuses the power which God has given him over his fellow-man, by being cruel to him, or punishing him in anger, or by neglecting to protect him from the wanton abuses of his fellow-servants and all others, or by denying him the usual comforts and necessaries of life, the negro will run away; but if he keeps him in the position that we learn from the Scriptures he was intended to occupy, that is, the position of submission; and if his master or overseer be kind and gracious in his hearing towards him, without condescension, and at the same time ministers to his physical wants, and protects him from abuses, the negro is spell-bound, and cannot run away.
Escaped slaves in the US were hunted down by professional hunters using dogs. And here are a few interesting quotes, first from Rev. The right of holding slaves is clearly established in the Holy Scriptures, both by precept and example. James Henley Thornwell was an advocate of slavery.
Bishop Meade, an Episcopal clergyman of Virginia, cited in American Slavery and Colour by William Chambers , pointed out that a slave aught to regard his master as God himself:. Having thus shewn you the chief duties you owe to your great Master in heaven, I now come to lay before you the duties you owe to your masters and mistresses here upon earth. And for this you have one general rule, that you ought always to carry in your minds, and that is, to do all service for them as if you did it for God himself.
And pray do not think that I want to deceive you when I tell you that your masters and mistresses are God's overseers, and that, if you are faulty towards them, God himself will punish you severely for it in the next world, unless you repent of it, and strive to make amends by your faithfulness and diligence for the time to come In proving this subject justifiable by Scriptural authority [Luke The Roman Catholic Church was the largest corporate staveholder in the Americas.
Catholic institutions also held slaves. Jesuits who ran a Catholic educational institution in Maryland were not atypical. They sold enslaved men, women, and children including a two-month old infant in to help fund the institution now known as Georgetown University founded by the first US Cardinal. The slaves had been held on Jesuit plantations in Maryland.
Their world had been one dominated by priests who required them to attend Mass, and whipped them at least as often as other slave masters. They included children separated from their parents 28a. Jesuits had sold off slaves before. As early as the s they had discussed the need to cull their stock of slaves. Other universities including Brown, Columbia, Harvard and the University of Virginia have publicly recognised their involvement in slavery. Slaves were often donated to Church's and Church institutions by prosperous parishioners.
Important questions for the Church were the extent of slave owners' rights to flog or burn their human property, to split up their families, and to demand sexual gratification from them This last must have been a particular problem, since owners could point to several biblical passages that take it for granted that a slave girl is available for her master's sexual desires.
This was clearly difficult to square with the knowledge that sex was sinful. The harm that was done to the slaves themselves was not considered, although its effects were so severe that they live on today. In the Americas it has left a legacy of bitterness, hatred and social disruption 3 0 that is likely to endure well into the third millennium.
Slavery was not confined to selected races or to members of other religions: Christians routinely condemned their fellow believers to slavery. John Knox for example spent 18 months as a galley-slave under French Catholics. Cotton Mather, a Puritan clergyman best known for his part in the infamous Salem Witch Trials, plotted the enslavement of William Penn and his fellow Quakers in Cotton Mather, clergyman, one of the most influential religious leaders in America, was keen to enslave Quakers in In the late eighteenth century popes still held slaves, as did Anglican clergymen.
It was still beyond question that slavery was ordained by God and therefore unimpeachable. This advertisement was placed in the Colored Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, Tennessee on October 7, It is a equest for information by Thornton Copeland who had been separated from his mother, he and his mother having been sold to different slave masters some twently years earlier.
It was, incidentally, normal practice for slaves to adopt the surname of their masters. In the second part of The Age of Reason, published in , Thomas Paine noted that in the book of Numbers Moses had given instructions as to how to treat Midianite captives. Essentially, everyone was to be executed except virgins, whom the victors were allowed to keep alive for themselves. God then gave instructions as to how the booty, including 32, virgins, should be divided up between the victors.
Paine summarised the relevant passage: In response to this, Bishop Watson of Llandaff pointed out that the virgins had not been spared for any immoral purpose, as Paine had wickedly suggested. Rather, he said, they were spared so that they could be taken into slavery. Obviously, there could be no ethical objection to this, since slavery was divinely sanctioned. The bishop's rebuttal was perfectly acceptable to mainstream Christians, who found sex objectionable but slavery not at all objectionable.
According to the Churches, slavery was not merely permitted, it was obligatory. Slavery was a God-given institution. To oppose what God had sanctioned was positively sinful. In America opposition to slavery was first voiced by freethinkers such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine. Initially a Quaker, later a deist, Paine was widely condemned as an unbeliever.
He wrote an influential article against slavery in , and when he drafted the American Declaration of Independence the following year, he included a clause against slavery that was later struck out Under Quaker influence, slavery was made illegal in the state of Pennsylvania in Here, opposition to slavery is accurately characterised as atheistic and godless.
It was this very atheistic Declaration [of Independence] which had inspired the 'higher law' doctrine of the radical antislavery men. If the mischievous abolitionists had only followed the Bible instead of the godless Declaration, they would have been bound to acknowledge that human bondage was divinely ordained. The mission of southerners was therefore clear; they must defend the word of God against abolitionist infidels.
Elsewhere Churches held out longer. Clergymen advocated slavery and opposed abolitionist "infidels" on the traditional Christian grounds that slavery was required by God.
Let them understand that they will be caught if they come among us, and they will take good heed to keep out of our way. There is not one man among them who has any more idea of shedding his blood in this cause, than he has of making war on the Grand Turk. According to Christian tradition, Blacks were inherently inferior, a consequence of their descent from a biblical character called Ham, which accounted for both their colour and their inferior status.
Here is one of thousands of statements of the Christian position, from the Letters and Speeches of the Hon. The doom of Ham has been branded on the form and features of his African descendants. The hand of fate has united his color and destiny. Man cannot separate what God hath joined. Postell, in July, , delivered an address at a public meeting at Orangeburgh Court-house, S. That slavery is a judicial visitation. That it is not a moral evil.
That it is supported by the Bible. He thus argues his second point: It is not a moral evil. The fact that slavery is of Divine appointment, would be proof enough with the Christian, that it could not be a moral evil. But when we view the hordes of savage marauders and human cannibals enslaved to lust and passion, and abandoned to idolatry and ignorance, to revolutionise them from such a state, and enslave them where they may have the gospel, and the privileges of Christians; so far from being a moral evil, it is a merciful visitation.
If slavery was either the invention of man or a moral evil, it is logical to conclude, the power to create has the power to destroy. Why then has it existed? And why does it now exist amidst all the power of legislation in state and church, and the clamor of abolitionists?
The Catholic and Anglican Churches were not alone. In some 1, Methodist ministers owned slaves in the USA. Under popular pressure generated by secular thinkers, all of the mainstream Churches except the Southern Baptists performed a volte-face during the nineteenth century.
When enough of their members had moved over to the abolitionist cause, the Churches followed. God had always condoned, sanctioned and even demanded the practice of slavery, but slavery was no longer acceptable. God must have changed his mind. Priests, bishops and popes felt obliged to cease owning slaves. It is not contrary to the natural and divine law for a slave to be sold, bought, exchanged or given.
It was not until the Berlin Conference of that Roman Catholic countries started to fall into line with Protestant ones on the question of slavery, agreeing that it should be suppressed.
In the USA the pattern was similar: It was a commonplace that "Slavery is of God". Christian ministers wrote almost half of all defences of slavery published in America. The Churches routinely produced such defences. Along with these defences, Christian Churches circulated biblical texts on the subject of Negro inferiority, and the need for total unquestioning obedience.
A civil war was fought before the Christian South was forced to abandon slavery in Yet the Southern Presbyterian Church could still resolve in that it was their peculiar mission to conserve the institution of slavery, and to make it a blessing to both master and slave.
Black slaves were generally not permitted to learn to read or write, since education was seen as a threat to God's natural order. An American slave who adopted the name Frederick Douglass was exceptional in that he learned to read and write in secret. After he was granted his freedom he campaigned against slavery and wrote about his life. His writings are of particular interest, not only because of his personal experience, but also because of his lucid style. He stood as a living confutation to slaveholders' arguments that slaves did not have the intellectual capacity to function as a citizen.
An outstanding orator, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement. Although a Christian believer himself, his testimony against mainstream Christians is excoriating. Here it is in a nutshell. Were I to be again reduced to chains of slavery, next to that enslavement, I should regard being the slave of a religious master the greatest calamity that could befall me I am filled with unutterable loathing when I contemplate the religious pomp and show, together with the horrible inconsistencies, which every where surround me.
We have men-stealers for ministers, women-whippers for missionaries, and cradle-plunderers for church members. The man who wields the blood-clotted cow skin whip during the week fills the pulpit on Sunday, and claims to be a minister of the meek and lowly Jesus. The man who robs me of my earnings at the end of each week meets me as a class-leader on Sunday morning, to show me the way of life, and the path of salvation.
He who sells my sister, for purposes of prostitution, stands forth as the pious advocate of purity. He who proclaims it a religious duty to read the Bible denies me the right of learning to read the name of the God who made me. He who is the religious advocate of marriage robs whole millions of slaves of its sacred influence, and leaves them to the ravages of wholesale moral pollution.
The warm defender of the sacredness of the family relation is the same that scatters whole families, - sundering husbands and wives, parents and children, sisters and brothers, leaving the hut vacant, and the hearth desolate. We see the thief preaching against theft, and the adulterer against adultery. We have men sold to build churches, women sold to support the gospel, and babes sold to purchase Bibles for the poor heathen! The slave auctioneer's bell and the church-going bell chime in with each other, and the bitter cries of the heart-broken slave are drowned in the religious shouts of his pious master.
Revivals of religion and revivals in the slave-trade go hand in hand together. The slave prison and the church stand near each other. The clanking of fetters and the rattling of chains in the prison, and the pious psalm and solemn prayer in the church, may be heard at the same time.
The dealers in the bodies and souls of men erect their stand in the presence of the pulpit, and they mutually help each other. The dealer gives his blood-stained gold to support the pulpit, and the pulpit, in return, covers his infernal business with the garb of Christianity. Here we have religion and robbery the allies of each other-devils dressed in angels' robes, and hell presenting the semblance of paradise.
I assert most unhesitatingly, that the religion of the South is a mere covering for the most horrid crimes - a justifier of the most appalling barbarity, a sanctifier of the most hateful frauds, and a dark shelter under which the darkest, foulest, grossest, and most infernal deeds of slave holders find the strongest protection. Were I to be again reduced to the chains of slavery, next to that enslavement, I should regard being the slave of a religious master the greatest calamity that could befall me And he said this - indicating that slave owners who become Christians actually became worse masters:.
Just as if the lash in the hands of a Christian is not as injurious to my back as it would be in the hands of a wicked man. As far as my experience goes, I would rather suffer under the hands of the latter, and, I tell you, as I have mentioned in my narrative, that next to being a slave, there is no greater calamity than being the slave of a Christian slave holder.
I say this from my own experience Some persons have taken offence at my saying that Slaveholders become worse after their conversion. As Douglass pointed out in the same speech, in his time all Southern Baptists were in favour of slavery, because any who espoused abolition were thrown out of the Church.
I beg now to introduce to your notice a little of the doings of one or two of the Churches of America, and I shall begin with the Baptist Church. This Church is congregational in its organization and government, but its congregations are united by what is called a Triennial Convention, the object of which is to spread the Gospel among the heathen. At the last but one of these conventions, in the City of Baltimore, the Rev. Johnston, of South Carolina, presided, and he on this occasion asserted the doctrine that when any institution becomes established by law, a Christian man may innocently engage to uphold it.
The President of the Baptist convention is a slaveholder himself. He is a man-stealer. This man is now, I trust, in Heaven. He dared to say that a slave was a man, and that slavery ought to be abolished. Another great Baptist minister, the Rev. Lucius Bowles, congratulated his brethren that there was "a pleasing degree of unity among the Baptists through the land, for the southern brethren were all slave-holders. I have now to speak of them in the State of Virginia, where men regularly enter into the raising or breeding of slaves, as a business, just as cattle are raised for the Smithfield market; and where the marriage institution is set aside.
In some cases it becomes the interest of the slave holder to separate two slaves male and female already married. When the question was proposed to the Baptist Society there, whether parties thus separated might marry again, the answer was, that this separation being tantamount to the civil death of either of the parties, to forbid the second marriage in either case, would be to expose to Church censure those who did so for disobedience.
Here we find a deliberate setting aside of the Marriage Institution, and the deliberate sanction of a wholesale system of adultery and concubinage; and, yet the persons who authorise and enforce such wickedness calling themselves Christians! Slave owning by Christians continued for centuries despite criticism from rationalists and freethinkers. The first country to abolish slavery, was France, under an anticlerical revolutionary government in the s Opposition to slavery was developed by the very people that the Christian Churches regarded as their worst enemies: Benjamin Franklins' Address to the Public , promoting the abolition of slavery.
Abolition came in Britain in the early nineteenth century, in the teeth of fierce opposition from the Anglican Church, and it was achieved through the efforts of an alliance of unbelievers, freethinkers, Utilitarians, Quakers and fringe Christians who galvanised public opinion.
In the USA it came in the second half of the century, again in the face of intense opposition from the Churches. The Unitarian Wedgwood family and the Darwin family family were closely related. Charles Darwin was Josiah Wedgwood's Grandson.
Both families included prominent abolitionists. This provided traditionalist Christians with a seam of humour - likening and making fun of the godless idea of regarding black people as brothers, and the godless Darwinian idea of regarding apes as cousins. One line of humour was to suggest that evolutionists should create a Gorilla Emancipation Society - making a parallel with the Slave Emancipation Society, another was to play on the motto of the Slave Emancipation Society: Wedgwood's medallions bearing the motto had become iconic - so famous that they probably accelerated abolition in the UK.
A Jasper-ware cameo, designed and produced by Josiah Wedgwood, The abolitionists won largely because slavery was no longer financially viable. The alliance of Church and slave owners lost the battle in one country after another because of monetary considerations.
Following traditional teachings, and unrestrained by Western economics or political correctness, Christians in Ethiopia are still making captured prisoners into slaves well into the twenty First century. The simple, if embarrassing, truth is that no Christian society has ever abolished slavery while the practice continued to be profitable. Even after the abolition of slavery, traditional slave punishments continued for many years.
In , the Southern Baptist Convention officially apologised for its earlier defense of slavery. The Church of England apologised for its part in In a debate held by the Church's governing body, before the vote Rev Simon Bessant described the Church's central role in the slave trade, saying: In the sense of inheriting our history, we can say we owned slaves, we branded slaves, that is why I believe we must actually recognise our history and offer an apology.
The Catholic Church has moved its position slowly over the centuries. From as early as Popes have condemned "indiscriminate" slavery These statements are sometimes cited as evidence that the Church has long been opposed to slavery, but on the contrary it supported the practice of slavery into the twentieth century.
In Pope Gregory XVI criticised the international Negro slave trade, but without condemning the institution of slavery or the practice of owning slaves. After the American Civil War, the Vatican was asked for an authoritative statement on slavery,following the adoption of the 13th amendment to the U. Constitution, which banned slavery.
In an Instruction dated 20 June the "Holy Office", which rules on matters of faith and teaching, declared:. There can be several just titles of slavery and these are referred to by approved theologians and commentators of the sacred canons [of the Catholic Church].
Popes continued to own slaves until they lost control of the Papal States in the nineteenth century. There was still no condemnation of slave owning, only of slave trading - so three of the four "just titles" still held. In Gaudium et spes, , the Second Vatican Council finally gave up on slavery, denouncing all violations of human integrity.
To date the Catholic Church has not apologised for it's part in any of the Slave Trades it established or participated in. In March , Pope Jean Paul II, hinted at his Church's culpability asking unspecified people for forgiveness for unspecified crimes committed by unspecified Catholics against unspecified victims There are still Christians prepared to uphold the traditional Christian line on slavery.
In Charles Davidson, a devout Christian Senator from Alabama, said that slavery had been good for blacks, and pointed out that the practice had biblical approval, citing the traditional prooftexts such as Leviticus Many Christian books and websites seek to establish that Black slavery was fundamentally different from Roman slavery.
According to them, Roman slavery was a much more benign system, and this was the system referred to in the Bible. The argument is flawed in two ways. First, the rules applied to Black slavery, and Christian justification for it, were based on the Old Testament, which regulated the rules for Jews, not Romans. Rules about slave owning were similar across many ancient societies, so apologists sometimes try to regard them as the same thing. But even if slavery had been based on Roman practices in the New Testament, then the argument still does not work.
The important differences between Roman slavery and Christian slavery do not lie in the rules. They are almost the same, and where they differ the Christian rules are generally harsher than the Roman rules.
Slaves were bought and sold, often at auction. Prisoners captured in war were enslaved. The children of slaves also became slaves. The master had a right to control slave marriage and regulate slave family life - regarding slaves as breeding stock. Slave-girls were available for sex. As one Roman said of his time, Whoever heard of a man prosecuted for sleeping with his concubine? Escaped slaves were hunted. Rewards were offered for their return. Once returned they could be punished in the most cruel ways, not merely flogging, but amputation of a foot or "half a foot".
It is certainly true that Roman slavery was often more benign than Christian. We know that Roman slaves were often educated, well treated, given good food and medical attention, appointed to responsible offices, and even treated as friends.
But this reflects the relative level of civilisation of the society and the individual slave owners. If Roman slave owners behaved better than Christian slave owners, it is because pagan Romans were more compassionate and civilised than later Christians. For identification, Christians chose to brand their slaves where pagans had merely tattooed them, but the purpose and the rules were almost identical.
Long after slavery had been abolished in Europe and America, Christians continued to practice slavery in Africa. It was established with the express intention of spreading Christianity, and catholic missionaries went in large numbers.
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