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    The 18th- and 19th-Century abolitionists in Europe and America were all or nearly all Christian, and specifically cited Christian doctrine as the reasoning behind their stance (for a great example, read Frederick Douglass's Narrative of his life, especially the introduction by William Lloyd Garrison).

    One of the strange ironies in this whole thing is that through most of the 19th Century and well into the 20th, progressive politics and Christianity went hand in hand for the vast majority of their followers.  The current association of Christianity with far-right politics, which is assumed to be normal by most conservatives (and, to my dismay, many liberals), would have seemed bizarre to Garrison, Henry Ward Beecher, William Jennings Bryan, or even Martin Luther King.

    I don't know if the 19th-Century abolitionists cited the Moses/Miriam story you mention; it would be interesting to look into that.  

    Bush: The Peter Principle President.

    by lungfish on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 03:39:36 AM PDT

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