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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mining history for only certain sins


Economist Thomas Sowell, who's archive I link to on the right, has written another timely piece that explores why we are becoming a society of victims and the slanted view of history currently being taught at many schools...

"Slavery is a classic example. The history of slavery across the centuries and in many countries around the world is a painful history to read– not only in terms of how slaves have been treated, but because of what that says about the whole human species– because slaves and enslavers alike have been of every race, religion and nationality.

If the history of slavery ought to teach us anything, it is that human beings cannot be trusted with unbridled power over other human beings– no matter what color or creed any of them are. The history of ancient despotism and modern totalitarianism practically shouts that same message from the blood-stained pages of history.

But that is not the message that is being taught in our schools and colleges, or dramatized on television and in the movies. The message that is pounded home again and again is that white people enslaved black people.

It is true.... But it is also false in its implications for the same reason. Just as Europeans enslaved Africans, North Africans enslaved Europeans – more Europeans than there were Africans enslaved in the United States and in the 13 colonies from which it was formed.

The treatment of white galley slaves was even worse than the treatment of black slaves picking cotton. But there are no movies or television dramas about it comparable to "Roots," and our schools and colleges don't pound it into the heads of students."

I agree with Sowell that it's quite apparent that other instances of slavery are not discussed and only whites of European ancestry are typically mentioned as enslavers and other groups are largely ignored. Also conviently ignored is the fact that it was English Christians that helped end the trans-Atlantic slave trade because after all, we can't cast Christianity in any sort of a positive light these days so we might as well demonize it instead.

Another point conveniently overlooked is the fact that "there are more slaves today than at any time in human history". It's far easier to concentrate on the evils of centuries ago and give the appearance of empathy than speak out against inhumane conditions as they now exist in the world today.

Certain internet skeptics will decry the instances of slavery that are mentioned in Biblical times without ever criticaly examining the subject with anything that resembles an open mind. Assuming that regulating a behavior equals approval for it and failing to note that slavery as mentioned in the Bible was an overwhelmingly voluntary in nature clearly demonstrates a prejudice against a religion that might conflict with the skeptic's worldview. Link.

I pray that we might learn a lesson from this and move forward and help lessen the effects of slavery as it now exists in our world. The next time an internet skeptic is critical of the Bible's stance on slavery, simply mention such organization's as the Church Mission Society and
Free For Life Ministries and politely welcome them aboard in the Bible's admonition, which is also found on the Liberty Bell, to "proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof". (Leviticus 25:10)


14 comments:

Mike said...

"Also conveniently leave out that "there are more slaves today than at any time in human history". It's far easier to concentrate on the evils of centuries ago and give the appearance of empathy than speak out against inhumane conditions as they now exist in the world today."

Well said! Good piece!!

Tracy said...

I especially appreciate this comment of Sowell's:

"If the history of slavery ought to teach us anything, it is that human beings cannot be trusted with unbridled power over other human beings– no matter what color or creed any of them are. The history of ancient despotism and modern totalitarianism practically shouts that same message from the blood-stained pages of history."

It's sad how across the board slavery has been, it's been the shame of just about every ethnic group, religion, etc. May we learn from history and be cautious of totalitarianism, may we not give any group or government total power (even our own in America).

ATVLC said...

First some cuten pasta.
"[Slavery] was established by decree of Almighty God...it is sanctioned in the Bible, in both Testaments, from Genesis to Revelation...it has existed in all ages, has been found among the people of the highest civilization, and in nations of the highest proficiency in the arts." Jefferson Davis, President, Confederate States of America
"The right of holding slaves is clearly established in the Holy Scriptures, both by precept and example." Rev. R. Furman, D.D., a Baptist pastor from South Carolina.
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Assuming that regulating a behavior equals approval for it...

YHWH manages to tell people he hates divorce but never gets around to telling people that slavery is wrong.

and failing to note that slavery as mentioned in the Bible was an overwhelmingly voluntary in nature clearly demonstrates a prejudice against a religion that might conflict with the skeptic's worldview.

Slavery: not so bad according to JD.

The next time an internet skeptic is critical of the Bible's stance on slavery... Leviticus 25:10.

Lev 25:10:
Set the fiftieth year apart as holy, a time to proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live there.

Slavery: Not so bad and less than 50 years per slave. Great.

JD Curtis said...

YHWH manages to tell people he hates divorce but never gets around to telling people that slavery is wrong.

Slavery: Not so bad and less than 50 years per slave. Great.


Define slavery as you use the word in the above statements.
Do you mean an agreement that is entered to pay a debt or pay back money given for your services? Please cite your source as well.

JD Curtis said...

"If a fellow Hebrew, a man or a woman, sells himself to you and serves you six years, in the seventh year you must let him go free."

Deuteronomy 15:12

ATVLC said...

"If a fellow Hebrew, a man or a woman, sells himself to you and serves you six years, in the seventh year you must let him go free."

So the Hebrew people treated their own countrymen differently than others.

Define slavery as you use the word in the above statements.
Do you mean an agreement that is entered to pay a debt or pay back money given for your services? Please cite your source as well
.

No thanks, I'm trying not to feed trolls or do their homework.

JD Curtis said...

So the Hebrew people treated their own countrymen differently than others

Apparently so.

Define slavery as you use the word in the above statements.
Do you mean an agreement that is entered to pay a debt or pay back money given for your services? Please cite your source as well.

No thanks, I'm trying not to feed trolls or do their homework.


The problem here ATVLC, is that many argumentative, internet atheists never define the word and hope to stifle all rational discussion on the topic by simply repeating such an emotionally charged word like "slavery" over and over again in order to stifle rational discussion on the topic.

Asking you to define what you mean hardly constitutes being a "troll". If you arent going to do so then why bother commenting?

tinkbell13 said...

I am done with feeding this troll too. You do not do your own homework. He it is for you, from the urban dictionary. Cause this is city folk slang.

Trolling
Trolling is trying to get a rise out of someone. Forcing them to respond to you, either through wise-crackery, posting incorrect information, asking blatantly stupid questions, or other foolishness. However, trolling statements are never true or are ever meant to be construed as such. Nearly all trolled statements are meant to be funny to some people, so it does have some social/entertainment value.

"Trolling" isn't simply "harmful statements". Intentionally insulting/libelous statements are "flaming".

Just as bad as trolling is "Feeding the Trolls". This is when people say stuff that they know will prompt someone to respond with a trolled reply and/or replying to comments that are blatantly from a troll. This is especially true when a troll first makes his comment/reply, and (usually many) people respond, either trying to correct the troll, or express anger at the statement. At that point, the trolling was successful and has been fed. When encouraged by success and feeding, trolls often return.
In World of Warcraft, there are occasionally people that blurt out in world chat, "You get your mount at level 40 and costs 100 gold." then immediately signs off.

This information is outdated by over a year; but MANY people respond for at least 10-15 minutes afterwards with either corrections or calling that player a 'dummy', or something similar insulting their intelligence.

Trolling and subsequent feeding. Perfect example.

tinkbell13 said...

Walks like a troll, does not learn like a troll.

JD Curtis said...

Asking someone to define what they are talking about constitutes "trolling"?

photogr said...

Human slavery is wrong no matter if it was in biblical times or in present times such as sex slavery trade or whatever a human is used for gain by a select few at the expense of one's freedom.No man or woman should have domain over another for their own personal gain.

JD Curtis said...

Photogr, this merits it's own seperate entry.

tinkbell13 said...

No.... But the cumulative "uselessness" of your threads is.

tinkbell13 said...

And, nice how you started a new thread to get this away from people. Smooth move troll.