| Interesting Facts about Slavery and "Equality"
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(Section 14: Selective Salvation)
Copyright © Michael Bronson 1998 - 2005
Most people are not aware that Thomas Jefferson’s original draft of the Declaration of Independence said King George was personally responsible for the African slave trade in America. Part of his declaration said:
"He [King George] has waged cruel war against human nature itself. Violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of distant people who have never offended him. Capturing and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. This piratical warfare, the appropriation of infidel powers is the warfare of the Christian King of Great Britain.
"Determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or restraining this despicable commerce. Determined to keep open a market where men should be bought or sold."
The delegates of South Carolina and Georgia were not happy about these comments about slavery. They lobbied hard to get these statements removed. As a result of their insistence, this section was deleted.
Thomas Jefferson was considered to be the most "enlightened" of our Founding Fathers. He was one of the strongest advocates of the equality doctrine. Yet, even this enlightened man had problems viewing all men as equal. Thomas Jefferson himself kept and sold slaves. (Source: Don’t Know Much About the Civil War, by Kenneth Davis)
Another example of America treating people as being inherently inferior is the infamous Dred Scott decision. The Dred Scott decision was the landmark case that upheld American slavery.
Chief Justice Roger Taney
Chief Justice Roger Taney said that the Constitution protects people (slaveholders) from being deprived of life, liberty, or "property." Slaves, according to Tanning, were property like cows and goats. The highest court in our nation said that blacks were nothing more than property. Once again, I would like to say that if our enlightened free country has had this much trouble with inherent superiority, think about how bad Europe was 400 years ago.
Interesting Side Note about
Enslaving your Children
Slaves were viewed as the "property" of the slaveholder so it was easy for slaveholders to rationalize inappropriate treatment of the slaves. Slaveholders could beat, starve, and even kill their slaves. They even rationalized their inappropriate sexual encounters with their slaves.
Normally, a man is considered to be an unfaithful adulterer if he is having sex with someone other than his wife. Yet, many slaveholders did not view having sex with slaves as adultery. Slaves were just property. There is no unfaithfulness involved because the slaves are not really human.
The wives of the slaveholders, of course, usually saw it differently. This unfaithfulness usually made them extremely angry. As a result, children produced by these extramarital encounters were usually severely mistreated by the wife.
To hide parental partiality, these slaveholders would usually have to quietly sit back and watch their own children beaten and tortured. There would even be occasions where a slaveholder’s son would ruthlessly beat his half-brother simply because his skin was a few shades darker. (In some situations, some of these tortured children didn’t even look black.)
To avoid future problems with their wives (and to protect their illegitimate children), slaveholders would often sell their children. This cruel twist of events exposed the deep hypocrisy of the slave practice. A father was forced to sell his own flesh and blood simply because he was not willing to admit blacks were humans with the same liberties and rights as whites.
Other Chapters in this Section
PART 1: What is Selective Salvation?
What is Selective Salvation?
Summary of Why Selective Salvation can't be True
The Chosen Few
Summary of Calvinism and Armininism
Are You a Calvinist, Armenian, or in-between?
Highlights from from the Canons of Dort
Calvinism Versus Hyper-Calvinism
The "Privilege" of Being one of the Elect
How Long has Selective Salvation been Popular?
Why did Selective Salvation gain Popularity?
Are All Men Created Equal?
Interesting Facts about Slavery and Equality
This is not an Attack
Why is this Issue Important?
PART 2: What Does the Bible say about Selective Salvation?
PART 3: Problems with Selective Salvation
PART 4: “Choice” –The Achilles’ Heel of Selective Salvation
PART 5: Difficult Questions Answered
Appendix: Foundational Documents used by Selective Salvationists
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