Post Number:#136 March 11th, 2012, 4:19 am
Invictus_88 wrote:Xris wrote:Invictus, slavery is carried out by the religous. It is acceptable in many Islamic cultures simply because Mohamed kept slaves. You can not place the blame of slavery on a secular belief system. Slavery was condoned by christian leaders for centuries and they even took part in it. If any one officially opposes slavery that opposition comes from secular organisations.
Secular leaders currently are ignorant even of the existence of slavery today, let-alone that more human beings are bought and sold in the 21st century than were in the 16th!
For this reason, I reject the use of slavery as a stick with which to beat Christianity, as you were doing. It is hypocritical and astonishingly ignorant of the fact of things.
William Blake described 'mind-forged manacles'. Slavery is commonly used as a metaphor for entrapment in some state of unpleasant servitude to other people. This entrapment is caused directly by repressive laws as for instance Wahabi laws against women in Saudi Arabia, and also by dearth of opportunities for social mobility as a tendency of Conservative regimes.The three Abrahamic religions are Conservative by nature, the more fundamentalist, the more Conservative.
Actual slavery that includes direct exchange of money in return for total ownership of another human being is outlawed in most urbanised Western countries. Some Christian doctrine is particularly bad for promoting actual slavery because of the teaching regarding other- worldly rewards for suffering experienced in this world.