On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics

“Equal dignity in the eyes of the law.”

                                    Justice Anthony Kennedy

Lincoln by Gardner

Lincoln by Gardner

For 100 years, from 1865 till 1965,  free blacks were denied equality based on phonied up assertions about their lack of morality and intelligence.

And, for hundreds of years before that, the pernicious and vulgar institution of slavery was actually justified by, you guessed it, religion and the bible.

From the pulpit and from the master’s porch too, biblical verses were  recited in defense of perpetual enslavement.

Rules of Ownership:

“As for your male and female slaves whom you may have: you may buy male and female slaves from among the nations that are around you. You may also buy from among the strangers who sojourn with you and their clans that are with you, who have been born in your land, and they may be your property. You may bequeath them to your sons after you to inherit as a possession forever.”

Leviticus 25: 4-46

On Obeying the Master

“Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ,”

Ephesians 6: 5

On How to Treat a Lady

“When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she shall not go out as the male slaves do. If she does not please her master, who has designated her for himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He shall have no right to sell her to a foreign people, since he has broken faith with her. If he designates her for his son, he shall deal with her as with a daughter. If he takes another wife to himself, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, or her marital rights. And if he does not do these three things for her, she shall go out for nothing, without payment of money.”

Exodus 21: 7-11

No Place to Hang a Hat

Plainly, religious texts, and religion generally, have been consistently used to justify hatred, enslavement, even murder.

The notion that in 2015 politicians and their followers will use the bible to further promote bigoted and disgusting behavior simply casts further doubt on the relevance of religion in a free and equal society,

7 Comments

  • Blair H. Ghent says:

    Why do you continue to put two different things together to make a point. Slavery and gay marriage. I’m not going to touch slavery because it no longer exist in this country. But the gays of this country have bullied and berated everybody into excepting the one word that will make them whole, marriage. And religion is to blame. But let’s not focus just on Christanity please. Muslims take very drastic measures, native AMERICANS banish people. So gays have a lot of work ahead of them if they want to change the world, let’s see if they have the crouch ware for it. But slavery and gays, that’s a stretch even for you Eric. Have a nice summer.

    • Eric Lamar says:

      “Why do you continue to put two different things together to make a point. ”

      B-

      It’s a fairly common practice, actually. It’s called “comparison.”

      Here’s a definition which may help you:

      “the act of suggesting that two or more things are similar or in the same category”

      Your most humble and obedient servant,

      Eric

  • Tim McMenamin says:

    Eric my Brother, I agree with your comparison of slavery and LGBTQ rights. Because you were trying to show how the Rethuglicans were using the bible to justify LGBTQ discrimination, when the bible also justified slavery. Blair the LGBTQ community or “the gays” as you referred to are not using bullying tactics, they were demanding fair and equal treatment in the eyes of the law. Thankfully SCOTUS has given them that equality

    Tim McMenamin,
    the son of a closeted Lesbian,
    and the brother of an openly Gay man

  • Smiles says:

    You two do realize that exodus and Leviticus is pretty much a history lesson for the days of Moses. People had different rules and lived in a time far gone by. I don’t know what kind of Christian people you two deal with but as a Christian who grew up attending and currently still attends church I never was taught that slavery was okay or that hate and discrimination were right. Stop picking out one bit or scripture without knowing what it’s about and bending it to meet your personal political agenda.

    • Eric Lamar says:

      I marvel at your ability to entirely miss the point.

      I did not choose those verses.

      They were chosen by the supporters of slavery to justify their actions.

      Does the historical truth offend you so?

  • Frustrated says:

    If you are going to comment on such things as this and blame ONE religion. Then please, please, take me off your mailing list. Don’t know how you got it in the first place.

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