Re: How religion has been used to justify slavery
Jack Krebs wrote:
Here's the first part:
Which revered religious figure – Moses, Jesus, or the Prophet Muhammad – spoke out boldly and unambiguously against slavery?
Answer: None of them.
One of these men owned slaves, another created laws to regulate - but not ban - slavery. The third’s chief spokesman even ordered slaves to obey their masters, religious scholars say.
Most modern people of faith see slavery as a great evil. Though the three great Western religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – disagree on many matters, most of their contemporary followers condemn slavery.
Yet there was a time when Jews, Christians and Muslims routinely cited the words and deeds of their founders to justify human bondage, scholars say.
At times, religion was deployed more to promote the spread of slavery than to prevent it.
“The lesson in all this is we need historical humility,” says Daniel C. Peterson, author of “Muhammad, Prophet of God.” “It’s stunning for us to look back now and say, how can people face themselves in the mirror after doing what they did, but they did.”
The answer to the first question is blatantly false. The Mosaic Law provided a means for ending slavery.http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?se ... ersion=NIV
Moreover, as you read more of the article the Mosaic Law encouraged forgiving debts and freeing slaves through the provisions of the Jubilee; the American Justice system is not so ready to forgive debts and uses imprisonment as a means of social control to a degree unprecedented in our history...it has been exceeded only by the Soviet Gulag system.
As to Jesus, those who owned slaves were certainly not "loving their neighbors as themselves".http://biblia.com/bible/kjv1900/Luke%204.18
The claim then that "religion" promotes slavery, which ignores the many Christians who opposed slavery, reminds me of the bigotry about religion promoted by the likes of Dawkins and the late Hitchens.