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12/12/2004

If At First You Don't Secede, Try Try Again

From the glorious Red South we now have a Christian school teaching students that slavery is justified in the bible, and that slaves weren't really treated too badly. Leaders of the Cary Christian School say they are using a booklet called, "Southern Slavery, As It Was," because, "it is hard to find writings that are both sympathetic to the South and explore what the Bible says about slavery." I wonder why?!

One of the authors of the booklet is Steve Wilkins who is also a member of the board of directors of League of the South, which has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Here are some of the high points of the booklet:

"To say the least, it is strange that the thing the Bible condemns (slave-trading) brings very little opprobrium upon the North, yet that which the Bible allows (slave-ownership) has brought down all manner of condemnation upon the South." (page 22)

"Slavery as it existed in the South was not an adversarial relationship with pervasive racial animosity. Because of its dominantly patriarchal character, it was a relationship based upon mutual affection and confidence." (page 24) (I especially like this one, mutual affection? Really?)

"Slave life was to them a life of plenty, of simple pleasures, of food, clothes, and good medical care." (page 25)

"Nearly every slave in the South enjoyed a higher standard of living than the poor whites of the South -- and had a much easier existence." (page 30) (Why weren't the poor whites of the South lining up to volunteer as slaves then?)


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