Politics of the Day - Reversing the Enlightenment
I know, I know, I said no more politics. But:
"...Students at one of the area's largest Christian schools are reading a controversial booklet that critics say whitewashes Southern slavery with its view that slaves lived "a life of plenty, of simple pleasures."
Leaders at Cary Christian School say they are not condoning slavery by using "Southern Slavery, As It Was," a booklet that attempts to provide a biblical justification for slavery and asserts that slaves weren't treated as badly as people think.
Principal Larry Stephenson said the school is only exposing students to different ideas, such as how the South justified slavery. He said the booklet is used because it is hard to find writings that are both sympathetic to the South and explore what the Bible says about slavery."
To reiterate an old theme: this is how we become them. One of the things my third world background taught me is that you can justify anything in God's name - in the subcontinent, throwing acid in the face of an 'unfaithful' woman is an act of 'faith'. For others, it's blowing up buses full of innocent people. Apparently, in parts of our country, it's slavery. How abhorrent and what a betrayal of the very idea of America.