[Rushtalk] Gary Bauer..........

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Thu Feb 12 23:55:58 MST 2015

Slavery, Jim Crow, and Christianity

2:52 PM, Feb 12, 2015 • By 
<http://www.weeklystandard.com/author/gary-bauer>GARY BAUER

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President Obama has received a lot of 
well-deserved criticism for his recent remarks at 
the National Prayer Breakfast. After condemning 
terrorists who “professed to stand up for Islam,” 
he told the largely Christian audience:

“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. 
this is not unique to one group or one religion. 
There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency that 
can pervert and distort our faith.”

Obama’s comments were patronizing and somewhat 
beside the point given that almost all of today’s 
religious violence is committed by radical 
Muslims and almost none of it by devout Christians.

His remarks about slavery and Jim Crow also left 
out an important fact. While many Americans did 
attempt to use Christianity to justify slavery 
and Jim Crow, true Christian teachings played an 
important role­and I would argue an essential 
role­in eradicating those two scourges.

Christianity was the driving force behind 
abolition. Many American abolitionists were 
inspired by the anti-slavery movement in Great 
Britain, which outlawed slavery thirty-one years before the United States.

Nobody played a bigger role in that movement than 
William Wilberforce. Wilberforce was a 
Conservative Party minister of parliament who for 
decades was a lonely voice for abolition. He was 
also an evangelical Christian who drew strength from his faith.

At a time when many argued that slavery was the 
will of God, Wilberforce believed he had been 
called upon by God to help end slavery.
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