Obama Attacked for Telling the Truth about Christianity’s Bloody History

The arrest of Giordano Bruno. Screen capture from Cosmos.
The arrest of Giordano Bruno. Screen capture from Cosmos.

“Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one-half the world fools and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.” – Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVII

“Millions of dead motherf*ckers all because they gave the wrong answer to the God question. “You believe in God?” “No.” *Pdoom*. Dead. “You believe in God?” “Yes.” “You believe in my God? “No.” *Poom*. Dead.” – George Carlin, “>Pro Life, Abortion, And The Sanctity Of Life.

So Republicans are upset that President Obama criticized those who would hijack religion. Methinks they protest too much. Yes, President Obama hit a sensitive spot when he spoke out, and now he is being attacked for saying what Jesus himself said about casting the first stone:

It wouldn’t be the first time quoting Jesus to this bunch of fake Christians got the president in trouble.

Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.

These are simple facts. Yet because they don’t paint a picture of an America that is perfect, because they point out the failures of Christians to live up to their professed beliefs, critics say that once again Obama has proven he is not one of us. Apparently, to be “one of us” you have to be not only delusional, but a pathological liar.

Fox News led the charge by initially ignoring the president’s remarks. As Al Sharpton points out, Fox News accuses Obama of ignoring Islamic terrorism but when he talks about it, they ignore him:

Until Friday. Then Fox & Friends loses it, with Brian Kilmeade asking, “How shocked were you about the President’s remarks yesterday at that prayer breakfast, equating the Crusades in the year 1095 to what we’re experiencing today and witnessing with ISIS and their brutality?”

Oh gosh. Considering that the First Crusade killed every man, woman, and child they could find in the city of Jerusalem, with one participant writing, “there was such a slaughter that our men were up to their ankles in the enemy’s blood” and “our men seized many men and women in the temple, killing them or keeping them alive as they saw fit,” not surprised at all.

Sex slaves. Rape. You know – like ISIL. A lot of rape has been done in the name of one god or another over the centuries.

Not to mention all the Jews and Eastern Christians they killed along the way to the so-called Holy Land.

So no, not very surprised at all. Even ISIL, bad as they are, did not do to Mosul what Christians did to Jerusalem when they captured it.

Red State’s outraged headline reads: “Obama uses National Prayer Breakfast to compare Christianity to ISIS,” claiming that, “So Barack Obama, leftwing community organizer and closet theologian, used the National Prayer Breakfast to throw a tu quoque at anyone critical of Islam while continuing to fancy himself as the Pope of Islam.”

Nothing like a little hyperbole with your breakfast cereal.

Which, of course, is not at all what happened.

Rush Limbaugh’s take was equally outrageous: Why Our President Chose to Insult Christianity and Excuse Militant Islam at the National Prayer Breakfast, asking,

Why would you attempt to downplay Islamist extremism? Why would you attempt to put in perspective the actions being taken today by Al-Qaeda and ISIS and Boko Haram and the Khorasan Group and all of the rest of them by claiming that just as many atrocities have taken place in the name of Christ? Why in the world would you make that point? Why in the world would you even be thinking that way?

I don’t know. Maybe because it’s true? To make the perfectly legitimate point that Muslims are not the only ones to ever take their religion to extremes? If anything, the president left out some examples, like the Old Testament’s embrace of religion-based ethnic cleansing.

We get further examples of this criticism the The Washington Post:

“The president’s comments this morning at the prayer breakfast are the most offensive I’ve ever heard a president make in my lifetime,” said former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore (R). “He has offended every believing Christian in the United States. This goes further to the point that Mr. Obama does not believe in America or the values we all share.”

If that is the most offensive thing he has ever heard, he needs to get out more. Or turn on Fox News.

The Washington Post tells us that,

Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, called Obama’s comments about Christianity “an unfortunate attempt at a wrongheaded moral comparison.”

“Wrongheaded moral comparison” to say that one religion has done what another religion has done and for the very same reasons? Facts are just facts. They are not and cannot be wrongheaded.

As the Post goes on to relate, “Critics say that Obama is chastising the wrong people.” Moore, for example, complained that,

“The evil actions that he mentioned were clearly outside the moral parameters of Christianity itself and were met with overwhelming moral opposition from Christians,” Moore said. He added that while he understood Obama’s attempt to make sure “he is not heard as saying that all Muslims are terrorists, I think most people know that at this point.”

To judge by what Fox News and just about every Republican politician you care to name is saying, “most people” don’t know that.

President Obama stood against attempts to demonize the world’s second-largest religion by pointing out the world’s first largest religion has been guilty of the same types of activities. This is simple fact. And here is something else Obama didn’t mention, but it equally true and no doubt unwelcome to right wingers: yes, ISIL burned a man alive, but white Americans did the same thing to African Americans in this country, and not all that long ago.

Of course, if you point that out, you will be accused of comparing “God-fearing Christian Americans” to ISIL. Again. Even though they’re both violent extremists.

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League said Obama attacked Christians. He complained that, “We have a problem with Islam, okay? Not just with Islamists. We have a problem with Islam.”

Donohue was upset that Obama mentioned the crusades, which he calls “a delayed response to the jihad.” And the Inquisition? Laughably, Donohue insisted, “the Catholic Church had almost nothing to do with it.”

Tell that to Giordano Bruno. Oh wait, you can’t unless you use a time machine to go back to February 16, 1600, because the Roman Inquisition burned him at the stake on February 17, 1600 on the Campo de’ Fiori.

Bruno has been called a martyr for science for questioning Catholic doctrine, including the claim that the earth is the center of the universe. But it doesn’t matter why specifically he was killed, only that he was killed – by the Church.

As Wikipedia relates,

In 1942, Cardinal Giovanni Mercati, who discovered a number of lost documents relating to Bruno’s trial, stated that the Church was perfectly justified in condemning him. On the 400th anniversary of Bruno’s death, in 2000, Cardinal Angelo Sodano declared Bruno’s death to be a “sad episode” but, despite his regret, he defended Bruno’s prosecutors, maintaining that the Inquisitors “had the desire to serve freedom and promote the common good and did everything possible to save his life.” In the same year, Pope John Paul II made a general apology for the deaths of prominent philosophers and scientists due to the Inquisition.

Oh no, there’s that conservative idea of “religious freedom” again, quelling doubt and questions on pain of death. But here is a question for Donohue: If the Church didn’t bear responsibility for their deaths, why was the Pope apologizing?

So Donohue is angry as well as dishonest. No surprise there. It’s just a shame he hasn’t read the Ten Commandments where he would see that lying is a sin.

Let’s make him angrier still and mention what Obama left out: the genocide of Classical Paganism in the fourth through tenth centuries, and the genocide of Eastern European Paganism and Northern European Paganism in the centuries that followed. Let’s talk about the genocide of the Aztecs and other Central and South American indigenous cultures. I suppose the Church had nothing to do with that either.

I will finish this by giving dishonorable mention to June 18, 1452, when Pope Nicholas V issues a Papal bull, the infamous Dum Diversas, which authorized the Portuguese to reduce “Saracens [Muslims] and pagans and any other unbelievers” to slavery.

Good times.

But let’s hush up about the facts. We don’t want to compare extremist Christianity to extremist Islam.

70 Replies to “Obama Attacked for Telling the Truth about Christianity’s Bloody History”

  1. This uproar is another example of how it is impossible to have a discussion with Evangelicals and other rwnj’s.

  2. don’t forget what the Catholic church did to the native American population trying to convert the heathens…

    the Pope is about to canonize Junipero Serra here in California… he built the mission trail but he also instituted a feudal system of keeping ‘converted’ natives on the mission property as workers so they wouldn’t relapse thru association with the non-converts…

  3. So much I had to leave out! I’m sorry that was something that got snipped – almost left out the Aztecs etc too.

  4. Fact: Something known to exist or to have happened.

    Myth: An unproved or false collective belief that is used to justify a social institution.

    Truth: A verified or indisputable fact, proposition or principle.

    Lie: A false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth.

    Any questions?

  5. Don’t know where these people get their history from but have they not heard of all the people that were burned at the stake for being heretics, the Catholic church in Europe was very bloodthirsty, perhaps they thought religion started with them!

  6. just picked up the paper, Chronicle, and was reminded once again that Catholic sanctimony is alive and well even in the SF Bay Area…

    Archbishop Cordileone is trying to insert morality clauses in all Catholic school teachers contracts covering their conduct even in their non-teaching hours… even trying to define them as ‘ministers’ of the Church regardless of their own religion…

    a reminder that there is psychological violence as well as physical assault…

  7. What about shock and awe I sat here and cried like a baby for all the mother’s and babies that were being bombed in their own homes !!!!!

  8. It’s an altered history. What doesn’t comply to what they believe in never happened (like the Crusades or the Inquisition).

    Even if you tell them that ‘hey, this really did happen and it’s a sad and shameful part of our history’, they’ll just say ‘la la la! Not listening to you, you heathen anti-Christian bastard!’

  9. Religion – the ultimate excuse for man’s inhumanity towards man in the name of Imperialism and pure racism. Raise it to the level of divine, and who can argue?
    It is the undivine, base reptilian response (sorry, reptiles – I don’t mean to insult) to arrogance and hubris that causes inhuman(e) response.

    It has nothing to do with the tenets of any chosen religion which tend to be all the same at their core. It does have more to do with the extreme narcissism of man that creates their god in their own image raising “Me” to “God”.

    As far as the 7/8 Crusades in 300 yrs, the Europeans used the excuse of “god” to slaughter anything that moved in the Middle East – Christian, Jew, Muslim, animist, pantheist, Buddhist (Buddhism established in the Middle East in the 6th century)..
    That’s not Christianity to protect Christianity – that’s Imperialists based in a powerful monarchy named the Catholic Church raping, pillaging, murdering anyone not them…Kind of like the US…

  10. The sad fact is most if not all atrocities committed by man against mankind over the centuries have been in the name of religion. This would include most wars. It makes absolutely no sense to me.

  11. conservatives are saying christians haven’t committed any attrocities since the crusades, but what about the 8 doctors who were murdered by anti-abortion christans?
    or the christian fundamentalist preacher scott lively who has made many trips to uganda to gin up hatred of gay and lesbians and oversaw their ‘kill the gays’ law.
    and never forget the holocaust, pulled off by the most notorious of all christians, adolph hitler.
    people hate, destroy and murder in the name of their religion all the time, christians included.
    truth hurts, doesn’t it?

  12. Or the children who died from lack of medicine because some sky god told them not to give the kids any

  13. “The Catholic Church had almost nothing to do with” the Crusades?
    They organized them.
    They recruited for them.
    They spread the propaganda for them.
    They shamed reluctant soldiers into attending them.
    They set up military/religious organization for the combatants.
    They rewarded the Crusaders with dispensations and absolutions.
    Not much at all.

  14. Proving once again that RW phony Christians are just a bunch of whiny @ $ $ holes continually playing the role of victim.

  15. The Jews gave the world a jealous, blood thirsty, vengeful, psychopathic god; but they had the decency to keep him for themselves.
    Mazel Tov!

    Christians, sadly, took this god and by the 5th Century had given him a terrible swift sword, and a mission to stuff his depraved PsychoHosannas up the rectums of the good and decent brothers and sisters of the globe.

    Either way, that god is a rank and foul Jerk; but it is only the Christians who have made of him an enema. For this they will, in the end, be held accountable.


  16. And slavery in America. Justified by the Christian bible, which condones slavery.

    All in the name of a god.

    Slavery is just A.O.K. in the old testament. It even gives tips to slave owners and slaves as to how to get along.

    Respect the masters of course, which were male.

    Hmm, sounds familiar to what Republicans want even today.

  17. To friends on Politicus, I urge you all to read the article written by Bill Moyers on this subject, it is now on Alternet web site and it is shocking, it concerns the
    brutal burning to death in Texas of
    Jesse Washington, a black man. It is so brutal, and the good citizens of Texas watched and cheered.
    We have no right to let this die, it has to be remembered.

  18. Not only did Christians massacre every non-Christian they encountered, they burned their books and their museums and libraries. The Muslims and Jews – who were coexisting quite peacefully within the Ottoman Empire – were quite scholarly. Until the “Crusaders” came along and burned it ALL. Calculus had already been invented, but thanks to the ignorant Christians, it was lost for hundreds of years. No telling what was lost and possibly still not rediscovered.

    Also, “witches” we’re burned at the stake right here in the US. Especially during the time of the fanatical Cotton Mather and his equally barbaric son, Increase Mather in Massachusetts.

    Those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it.

  19. I, too, Ruth. I spent the whole night thinking of those poor people, who did nothing, nothing to deserve what they were getting.

  20. Hitler was not Christian and as number of people killed by him, sorry, he gets credit for massive numbers of Central and Eastern Europens killed by Stalin

  21. I thought it was very kind of the President not to mention burning crosses and lynchings.

    The 3 Abrahamic religions need a long time out before we allow them back in public life.

  22. which was used by southern Whites to justify slavery. The Civil War was also a war about interpreting the euro-Christian translation of the bible.

  23. The GOP along with their “religious-leaders” and Elite 1%” Corporate “Masters” want to now be our “GOD” and “Masters” (forever) because they are Extremely-Insane and very Evil human-beings (look at their policies). They are the true spawn of “SATAN” (the “DECEIVER” or just a long line of greedy assholes) mentioned in the Bible. Those who follow them are actually being DECEIVED BY THE ANTICHRIST AND HIS “DEMON POSSESSED” FOLLOWERS! In my opinion.

  24. Are you aware that, with the exception of a few “racially valuable” (blond, blue-eyed, tall, and slim-faced) children, Hitler would have annihilated *all* the Slavic peoples in the territories he conquered? As for the rest, only Katyn was mistakenly attributed to Hitler, and the imposture was soon discovered.

  25. The Salem witches were not burned, but hanged; Giles Corey was pressed to death for refusing to give testimony. In fact, under English law, the only women executed by burning were those condemned for high or petty treason (the penalty for male “traitors” was even worse). Scotland and the Continent burned people for witchcraft.

  26. “Those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it.”

    Those who revise, or deny history are only too eager to not only repeat it, but do much worse.

  27. Docker, of course the RW christian coalition don’t want to claim Hitler because they see themselves in him. They hate just like him, they just can’t get away with mass murder like they did back then. But, I can tell you from personal experiences and by watching it happen, in a work environment, they will find ways to get “rid” of you and turn companies into a Christian like environment!

  28. It is a fact that the crusades were horrible. It is a fact that christains, have done horrible things in the name of God. It is also true that collectively we have grown past the fact that it is acceptable to commit such atrocities. Look we do not live in the Middle Ages, the comparison is an insult to modern society. In fact he is insulting all of us, including the Muslim. Concider, if you will, is he saying that those that live in the Middle East are no better than thoes of the 9th century? Is he saying that the christain is still of the mindset that we were in the 9th century? What some of you are not seeing is that these acts are unacceptable, then and now. It doesn’t matter what any news orginsations have to say, their opinions are the same as anybodies. Take what was said in the context it was said, an insult is an insult.

  29. In Hitler’s semi-autobiographical Mein Kampf (1925/6) however, he makes a number of religious allusions, claiming to fulfil the will of the Christian God and having been chosen by providence. In a 1928 speech he said: “We tolerate no one in our ranks who attacks the ideas of Christianity … in fact our movement is Christian.”

  30. Hitler was a Christian.

    1) He repeatedly professed he was one. “He who acknowledges me before men will I acknowledge before my heavenly Father.”

    2) Hitler was acknowledged as a Christian Churches. He was never even censored by Rome, who stii recognizes him as one of its flock.

    3) Hitler’s theology was known as Positive Christianity. In his view he was doing god’s work.

    4) According to St. Paul, all authority is ordained. Since “all” leaves no exceptions, then Hitler’s germany was divinely ordained.

  31. Christianity’s past and continuing Bloody and Mass Murdering Oppressive and Scapegoating History — starting with the grotesque perversion of what Jesus taught in the creation, dogma and actions of the corrupt and intrinsically-evil Catholic Church and continuing through all it’s spin-offs and their spin-offs, etc., to this very day. That includes Islam, btw.

  32. Larry, that was a far from convincing presentation. Classical civilization was destroyed by Christianity, beginning with Constantine’s outlawing of Pagan sacrifice, and continued through the 5th century’s Theodosian Code and going forward with ever more oppressive laws and persecutions.

    The crusades came about because the Roman Emperor Alexius Comnenus asked for Western help against the Muslims, who had pushed into Anatolia following the battle of Manzikert in 1071. He wasn’t expecting what he got, and his own people were murdered, robbed, raped and brutalized by the Crusaders as they marched through his territory.

    What is interesting is that your little video presentation did not show Charlemagne’s own brutal conquest of Europe, and the thousands upon thousands of Pagans killed by his armies as they marched eastward. Genocide, pure and simple, all in the name of God. If you’re going to talk history, send some facts my way, not this nonsense.

  33. I think this is an excellent article, but I would just point out that, just as Islam emerges about 800 years after Christianity, so the current surge of Islamic terrorism arises (more or less) 800 years after the Crusades.

  34. Great article!
    Great post! I’m pleased that you included Adolph Hitler, who attended seminary for a while, and justified the holocaust with the past actions of the Catholic Church.

    I would also include 300 years of witch burning by the Catholic Church killing 1 million — 85% women, homosexuals.

    Thomas Jefferson (from a letter to Benjamin Rush, May 21, 1803): “To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence; & believing he never claimed any other. Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity.” -Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782.

    Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were Deists.

  35. Adolph Hitler most certainly WAS Christian.
    Ref. Paul Johnson’s book, “A History of the Jews.”

    Pope Piux XII did nothing to help Jews during WWII. It was Christians who aided Jews to escape…

  36. There is no use to refer past things because God said in Ecclesiastes 3:15 “Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.”

    Humanity only repeats the same mistakes over and over again. Instead, we must learn from these terrible wrongs to each other, which are marks to us to understand the word God in Holy Bible. Why is it so difficult to understand? Because of Religions!

    Religions have deceived humanity thousands of years to fight each other and now their time to be punished has come. Last prophet of God (Deut. 18:18-19), Maestro Evangelista is here among us whom God said He will send and put His words in his mouth to explain us prophecies of prophets in Bible.

    Now to all leaders and kings of the world; there is only one man you should consult; to solve ever-worsening problems in our planet earth, he is mentioned in Psalms 2 with a strong message to all leaders.

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  37. This might be one of the worst articles I have ever read. First of all, know your history, the 1st Crusade was a defensive war to save Eastern Christianity. Read the translated letters from the Byzantine Empire begging for help, pleading that if it did not come Constantinople would fall. In the aftermath of the actions by ISIS, the President decides to talk about the “sins” of Christianity in the past. What he should have done is call on all Muslims around the word to reject Radical Islam. But he doesn’t have the guts to even name our enemy.

    As terrible as the Westboro Baptists are, how many people have they burned alive?

  38. I hate to bust your bubble, but Hitler was indeed a Christian and in fact was on very good terms with the German clergy. He was killing Jews after all.

  39. Or actually READ secular (unbiased) history books. Take college level courses on the rise of Western Civilation. Knock your socks off.

  40. ““I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so”

    [Adolph Hitler, to Gen. Gerhard Engel, 1941]”

    Hitler’s own words in a letter to one of his generals. Sorry, Janusz, but you are quite wrong.

  41. At least one of the four Crusades started because of the church’s sagging popularity. It was at a time when Muslims and Catholics were getting along very well. The famous, “Kill them all and let God sort them out,” was said by a high-ranking Catholic. Granted it was 1,000 years ago, but seems that today’s terrorist feel the same way. If you believe in Jesus and his message of practicing charity and treat others as they would treat you, why do you need a church that has cared more about itself than that message? Man made the rules of how to honor god and how to get into heaven.

  42. Christianity as a Justification for Slavery
    Slave owners had many justifications for why holding people in bondage was acceptable. From the idea that African Americans were a lesser race who needed taking care of by white patriarchs to the economic justification, slave owners were always trying to find new ways to dispute those who disagreed with their choice to hold others in captivity. Charleston slave holders were no exception in attempting to find justifications to mask their guilt. Often, religion came into play, on both the slavery and anti-slavery sides of the debate. In 1835, at the end of two long articles about religion and slavery in the Charleston Mercury, it was said that both the Old and New Testament give permission to hold others as slaves. In the Old Testament, God and the Patriarchs approve. As for the New Testament, Jesus and the Apostles show that slavery is permissible.
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  43. “It is said…” ?? How about reading the Bible for yourself, esp. the New Testament and then getting back to us. The Apostles were not condoning slavery, but merely giving advice on how to endure servitude with Christlike love, which is the foundation of true happiness in spite of the circumstances and despite the temptation to feel used and abused–something they knew a thing or two about themselves having endured the mockery, hatred, and trumped-up charges of the power-mongers of their day. Then again, I don’t expect anti-Christians to know anything about Christlike love–it’s a foreign concept, like it was in the days of Christ and His Disciples & Apostles.

  44. Do you know what encyclopedias are? If so, take your pick and look up the Crusades or the Inquisition – especially the Spanish Inquisition. Check out the Reformation, the KKK and today’s neoConfederates as well.

    Obama’s entire point was mankind – ALL mankind – has been struggling with these same problems throughout our history, and a large part of the reason is that each group – including us always maintains THEY are better, they have the Only Truth and thus have a Holy Mandate to exterminate those who also know that THEY have the Only Truth, and THEY have the Holy Mandate to exterminate.. And on and on and on.

    You who won’t accept this truth are the very ones who have perpetuated the slaughter down the ages, and it well never stop until we all “get off our high horse,” as our President so well put it, and accept the FACT that we all have each other’s blood on our hands. We all have been part of the problem, and we all have to play our part in the solution if there’s…

  45. Read the Bible again – IN CONTEXT. Contex is everything when it comes to understanding. And stop calling everyone who disagrees with you “anti-Christian!” Consider that YOU just possibly might have something to learn yourself. Essentially when it comes to actually following the teachings of Jesus. You know – that judge not stuff you seem to have missed.

  46. I see A LOT of people making comments here who need to educate themselves on the real teachings of Jesus Christ. At NO time did Jesus advocate killing anyone in His name. READ the New Testament for yourself. In fact, Jesus said to pray for your enemies. Jesus is NOT the Catholic church. That church got corrupted by power and greed. Over time, they would not even allow the average man to even read the Bible, that was reserved for only priests. It was Martin Luther who dared to defy the Catholic church and he tried to get the Bible to the common man so that ALL could know what Jesus truly said. Hitler was NOT a Christian, clearly by his actions he did not follow Christ. Islam is the exact opposite. The quran, the hadith, the sira COMMAND moslems to kill the infidels. Groups like ISIS are not “radicals” and they haven’t “hijacked a peaceful religion”. They are devout, fundamental followers of the teaching of the quran. The true teachings of Jesus and islam are polar…

  47. Too bad you people don’t follow the teachings of the baby Jesus BTW how do you feel about the ACA?

  48. So are we throwing the Old Testament out completely or just things you don’t agree with? Because the same section of the Bible Christians use to condemn gays also says to kill everyone in years town if ONE of them believes in another God. That’s jihadist, it’s extremist, and it’s in the Christian Bible way of saying “death to the infidels.”

  49. No, that isn’t what he’s saying. He’s saying that there are extremists in all religions, including Christianity, so let’s not hate all of Islam for the actions of the terrorists. Let’s condemn the terrorists.

  50. The only slavery I see today is the Muslims in Africa kidnapping girls and selling them.ISIS kidnapping girls and selling them to other Muslims. Is this not slavery? I am against slavery, but why are fingers pointed at me and other whites for something that happened before I was born. Should I be ashamed of being white? I don’t think so. I’m a Republican and is it so that the slave owners were Dixie-crats? KKK= Democrats? Abraham Lincoln=Republican=freed the slaves? Wasn’t it a Republican that pushed the Civil Rights Bill? Oh BTW I’m a Christian!

  51. I fear you should look up something more original. And child slaves are indeed unreeling silk in India, making bricks in Pakistan, picking cotton in Uzbekistan…and sorting fruit in Belle Glade.

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