I’ve been thinking about slavery a lot lately and wonder what the big deal is. I’m certainly not suggesting slavery again for African-Americans. They’ve taken their turn. I think we can find other candidates. How about Mexican workers (and by “Mexican” I mean anybody originating south of Brownsville, TX). They are only about $5.00 an hour away from being slaves already. If you exchange the $5.00 an hour wage for room and board, you’re pretty much there!
Both the original United States Constitution and the Bible plainly approve of slavery.
We as a nation are constantly referencing our founding fathers and what their intentions were while forming this great country and framing the constitution. As they sat at those long tables and worried over the correct wording of one of the finest documents in history, slaves were carrying in their snacks and beer. Many of our founding fathers owned slaves. Few gave it a second thought. After all, the slaves were of an inferior race not deserving of the rights afforded in the constitution.
Life liberty and the pursuit of happiness was never meant to apply to slaves.
Article I Section 9 of the US Constitution even levies taxes on the importation of slaves. “…a tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person. The approval of the practice is pretty darn clear if our revered founding fathers were taxing it.
In the interest of full disclosure I will acknowledge that my family owned slaves in the 17th century. This was not in the deep south but in aristocratic Albany, New York. I personally have never owned a slave.
The Bible supports our founding fathers’ owning of slaves. I’m just guessing here, but I can imagine the conversation at some of the dinner tables of our founding fathers: “But dear, owning other people is wrong. It’s not civilized” “Oh, woman, just stick to your sewing and cooking! This is men’s work. It’s in the Bible so it’s gotta be right!” I have to say those guys were right on target. Keep those women cooking, don’t let them vote, and leave the big decisions up to men, who we all know never get anything wrong.
There are many examples of Christianity’s approval of slavery and even some instructions in one of my favorite books of the Bible, Luke 12:47-48: “And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes, but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.”
I think we can all learn a lesson from that passage. “If your slave isn’t real bright, don’t beat him too much.”
The more I think about it, the more this “new slavery” plan might just run into some roadblocks. Everybody today is all “Politically Correct” They are teaching and preaching a little too much of this equality stuff. In today’s enlightened society there is no longer an “inferior race not deserving of the rights afforded in the constitution.”
I’m grateful that everyone today has all rights of this great country.
Everyone except, of course, the gay community.
Throughout our history it seems that we Americans really NEED some group to pick on. I think it makes the majority feel a little better about themselves if there is an “inferior group.” Today that lucky bunch appears to be the gay community. They seem to be an acceptable group to be a little less equal. They don’t need the right to get married. They don’t deserve equal job protection. All you need to justify that is to refer to the Bible or the Constitution of the United States.
Hey, wait just a gosh darn minute there Skippy!
Those are the same sources you quoted to justify slavery??
That can’t be right? I’m all confused!!
Well, I’m kind of confused too. It seems that it takes our country a looooong time to do the right thing. After the Emancipation Proclamation it was many years before African-Americans could vote, or live where they wanted, or marry who they wanted. The truly remarkable thing is that in the worst days of slavery, slaves were counted as 3/5 of a person. When you added two slaves together they came up to a little more than one person. However, in today’s very progressive society, when you try to add two gay or lesbian people in a loving relationship, then one plus one equals zero! Why? because they don’t really exist in the eyes of the law.
It’s not just unfair, it’s plainly stupid.
Let’s be honest and call the ban on gay marriage what it is: Stupid, Narrow-minded, and UN-AMERICAN.
The people and politicians who oppose same-sex marriage are stupid and UN-AMERICAN.
Their religious views are stupid and UN-AMERICAN.
Please feel free to quote me.
I’m really getting tired of ill-informed, stupid Bible thumpers quoting a 3000 year old book to justify discrimination against AMERICAN citizens.
Remember, these were the same people whose STUPID PARENTS said the same thing about black people voting, women voting, and interracial marriage. Interracial marriage was prohibited in half of the US states in the 1950’s and it’s an accurate correlation to gay marriage.
I normally try to write in a fair and even-handed manner. I normally would never stoop to just calling any group of people stupid. However, the gay (LGBT) bashers have wrapped themselves in the flag and erroneous Biblical passages to justify that which cannot be justified. I don’t know about you, but that is simply the definition of STUPID.
Who am I and what’s my agenda? I’m a middle-aged, married straight guy who believes all Americans deserve the same rights guaranteed in the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Pretty simple.
What can each of us do so the next generation isn’t ashamed of our history?
Click on the Human Rights Campaign link to the right. You don’t have to join or anything crazy. It will take you to a drop down list of your representatives. Make yourself heard. They also have some TAKE ACTION tips.
The photos depicting segregation from our past are from the Library of Congress. with a little adjustment by Pixelmator.
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