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April 05, 2007

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Luke

You know, I didn't even get past the date before bursting out in horrible, malevolent, Disney villain laughter.

Anyway, any religious group established for the sake of defending slavery that's never reconciled itself, well, it deserves a good laughing.

That said, what did Martin Luther King, Sr. take away from the experience?

RS

Thanks for this, damn interesting.

Andrew R.

Luke, only one part of the Baptist Church, viz., the Southern Baptist Convention, was formed to preserve slavery. IIRC, by the time of the event in question, the SBC was not the world-striding colossus that it is today at the time of the conference. OTOH, it says something rather disturbing that the most dogmatically text-based of fundamentalists have a disturbing tendency to "strain at a gnat and swallow a camel" when it comes to issues of morality.

Actually, as long as you're here, Luke, does that *other* dogmatic monotheistic religion have a like tendency among the it's more rigid exegetes?

Carlos

corrected the time stamp to reflect NYC time of posting. usually I don't bother, but.

Randy McDonald

Andrew:

"OTOH, it says something rather disturbing that the most dogmatically text-based of fundamentalists have a disturbing tendency to "strain at a gnat and swallow a camel" when it comes to issues of morality."

Voltaire's wolves, from A Treatise on Tolerance, come to mind.

Mike R.

This is why I love history. Always some facinating connections that you'd never guess at.

Thanks for bringint this interest bit up,
Mike

Luke

Andrew,

I know the whole dark arc of the SBC--it behooves me to know, being who I am. I get glib about people who want their hands in my business. Not that I don't understand them, but, well, if I'm a morally the same as a kleptomaniac/alcoholic, then they're all as bad as the pro-slavery branch. Until they get it together.

As for other religions with exegete issues: Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhists, and Islam. Seriously, it's a feature, not a bug, of good monotheism that your faith produces nutballs that want to scour the earth in some way or other.

And I know what you're getting at; my thesis has such choice lines as "The Hanbali qadis alarmingly abandoned their loyalty to dispensing the law with their pens, and instead, made common cause with their co-religionists on the streets of Baghdad, tearing up cobblestones, attacking and murdering Hanafis, Heshamites, and Shi'a. They led attacks on the 'Cathedral Mosques' of Al-Kharkh, burned down Jewish banks and ransacked the Christian book-selling district. Thereafter, they retired to their salon, where they discussed the works of Aristotle and enjoyed readings of 'The Book of Gifts and Rarities' and 'The Epistle of the Singing Slave-Girl.'"

Classy, eh?

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