Which is worse? Abortion or the American Slave Trade?

Which is worse? Is the Abortion of the progressive left and its Christian supporters less evil and violent than the American slave trade? The Constitution defended both with Supreme Court rulings denying the humanity and personhood of both blacks and unborn babies.

 Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglas on Slavery in America

Frederick Douglas and Booker T. Washington both condemned slavery, though the experience of Douglas as a slave had been more harrowing than that of Washington. Although Douglas made it clear he was a Christian, he condemned in the strongest possible language the religious practices of the south that allowed;

“The man who robs me of my earnings at the end of each week meets me as a class-leader on Sunday morning, to show me the way of life and the path of salvation. He who sells my sister for the purpose of prostitution stands forth as the pious advocate of purity. He who proclaims it a religious duty to read the bible denies me the right of learning to read the name of the God who made me. He who is the religious advocate of marriage robs whole millions of its sacred influence…sundering husbands from wives, parents and children, sisters and brothers, leaving the hut vacant and the hearth desolate.” Frederick Douglas, Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglas, Appendix

And yet Booker T. Washington said this;

“I pity from the bottom of my heart any nation or body of people that is so unfortunate as to get entangled in the net of slavery. I have long since ceased to cherish and spirit of bitterness against the Southern white people on the account of the enslavement of my race. No one section of the country was wholly responsible for its introduction, and besides, it was recognized and protected for years by the general government (Supreme Court ruling, Dred Scott decision). Having once got its tentacles fastened on to the economic and social life of the Republic, it was no easy matter to relieve itself of the institution.

Then, when we rid ourselves of prejudice, or racial feeling, and look facts in the face, we must acknowledge that notwithstanding the cruelty and moral wrong of slavery, the ten million Negroes inhabiting this country, who themselves or whose ancestor went through the school of American slavery, are in a stronger and more hopeful condition, materially, intellectually, morally, and religiously than is true of an equal number of black people in any other portion of the globe. This is true to such an extent that Negroes in this country…are constantly returning to Africa as missionaries to enlighten those who remain in the fatherland. This I say not to justify slavery…but to call attention to a fact- and to show how Providence often uses men and institutions to accomplish a purpose.” Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery, Ch.1

Both men were very aware that slavery existed in spite of the professed Christian religion, not because of it, despite the ranting of many an atheist or hip college professor. But, I have to admit that an atheist is free to rant anything he wants, whether true or false, because his religion has no intrinsic or extrinsic morals, no absolutes by which he needs to answer to. None the less, if nothing is true, you do wonder why they spend so much time condemning their forefathers and anyone else who doesn’t hold to their precarious world view. Ideologically, atheists can abort babies, enslave millions, and  eradicate other religions without apology and so they have done in China, Russia, North Korea, Cambodia, Viet Nam, the old Eastern European satellites and anywhere else they get in power.

But what do we do with Christians, who like their predecessors who learned to ignore the crime of slavery, have learned to ignore the crime of abortion and prenatal infanticide, while going about their own private lives? How can they think themselves above or better than those who became blind to the sins of slavery? The southerners had hard economic reasons to support the slave trade. They could claim that they often treated their slaves well and became quite attached to them. Booker T Washington was eyewitness to many partings of slaves and owners after the Emancipation and testified that both were in tears, not because of economic loss but because slave and owner had often become like family. And there was no government safety net to provide food, health or lodging for those 10 million freed slaves, though that fact may shock many a modern progressive. No government projects awaited them. Many churches and abolitionist organizations offered help but the vast majority of freed slaves made it on their own. In fact, according to Booker T. Washington, many slaves helped to support their masters after the war, sending them money from their jobs in the north. Such was the bond of affection that held some of them together and the generosity and sense of loyalty of many of the freed blacks.

Most of these progressive Christians who view abortion as a secondary problem or necessary evil would never abort a baby themselves. They give the necessary lip service to the abortion trade- but no number of saline burned carcasses can deter them from voting for pro-abortion candidates who carry the flag of protected politically correct status, “I am against abortion, but I would never judge or take away a women’s right to kill her baby.” Just as the Supreme Court presumed the slave owner’s right to his own property, so do these culturally correct church goers presume the women’s right to the individual in her womb, to dispense of as she pleases. In this they differ in no way from the vast majority of Christians in both the north and south- most who viewed slavery in the same manner. Even Lincoln fumed at southerners who claimed he was an abolitionist; he steadfastly refuted that charge until shortly before the war, and then only when he realized war was inevitable.

Some of these culturally acceptable Christians are only alive today because their parents became culturally unacceptable Christians; and refused to abort them. This despite their own selfish desires, pressure from parents and doctors and a supreme court ruling that claimed to wash away the blood of their abortion with a legal ruling.

Like the grasshopper on the green leaf, they scorn those down in the dust, whose lives are still at risk. After all, you can’t see the aborted infants like you could the slaves in the south; lined up on the dirt roads in chains, with the scars from beatings clearly seen on their backs.. Some of those blacks, though, survived to see their liberation from chains, and went on to become teachers and speakers and even famous scientists, like Washington Carver. Some have even become presidents.

Very few aborted babies ever make it that far.

Yes, honestly I do think that atheists that go on about slavery are hypocrites, but what about those modern Christians that worship at two altars? One altar is to the Divine maker of the Universe whose moral laws are immutable and who made man in his own image- and the other is the great altar of cultural acceptance, from which they receive political correctness status and all its protections and blessings.

I wonder what Frederick Douglas would say about their “religion”?


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2 Responses to Which is worse? Abortion or the American Slave Trade?

  1. Brilliant and thanks. The point is well made. We in the UK are also overwhelmed at the great altar of cultural acceptance. Woe unto those who disagree with its priesthood for they shall be persecuted. Yet those self same priests cannot show their “Bible” to us as to why these things are right or wrong.

    I just finished “Darwin’s Racists: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”. The cultural engineering in the name of “science” is the devil’s last throw of the dice. The eugenics programme in the US in the 1920’s gave Hitler precedent for his development of the “Master Race”. Yet in all this the churches remain just silent witnesses. Shame on me.

    Stay blessed and productive in Jesus. Mike


    • notmanynoble says:

      Thanks, and yes, I am afraid we are not the feisty Puritans we used to be. PS Mike, I plan to read some of those books you have posted, as soon as I get a chance. I have taken a teachers place in a local Christian school and that is keeping me fairly busy for the next few months!


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