By now you've probably heard about Mr. Obama's latest offense against Christians; if not … at last Thursday's National Prayer Breakfast, he said (among other things):
And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.Needless to say, plenty of people (justifiably, IMO) climbed onto their own high horses to point out the error of the President's statement (such as here, here, here, and here). And, of course, the points brought up in those articles (and many others) are spot-on.
So there's no reason for me to beat that horse. There is, however, that second sentence:
In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.I find it curious that Mr. Obama would bring up Jim Crow, since members of his own political party were instrumental in writing and enacting those laws, and were, additionally, virulently opposed to the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Yes, it was white Southern Democrats who: 'gradually regained power in the Southern legislatures, having used insurgent paramilitary groups, such as the White League and Red Shirts, to disrupt Republican organizing, run Republican officeholders out of town, and intimidate blacks to suppress and discourage their voting. Extensive voter fraud was also used'; who 'legislated Jim Crow laws, segregating black people from the white population'.
'Jim Crow laws were a product of the solidly Democratic South.'
And in 1964, when the Civil Rights Act came up for a vote, 'Southern Democrats and other segregationists were violently opposed to the measure [the Civil Rights Act (ed)], and tried to defeat it through a filibuster. When the bill finally came to a vote, it was passed by an overwhelming margin.'
Anyone familiar with Scripture knows the Bible doesn't call for or condone slavery, yet people always ask why Christians in the first century didn't openly oppose it within the Roman Empire. Well, the Empire had a history at that time of violently suppressing any and all slave-revolts; had Christians openly called for abolition, they would have become targets for empirical oppression, and they already were targets (think of Nero using them as human torches to light his gardens, and/or the Christians who were fed to lions in the Flavian Amphitheater for the entertainment of the mob).
So, rather than call for abolition openly, they did so covertly, teaching masters that their slaves were fellow human beings, and that all men are accountable for their actions to God. This led to the open advocacy of abolition, once the threat of death had been eliminated; this then led to the abolition of slavery throughout Christendom.
As for 'Christians' using the name of Christ to justify slavery, it's interesting to me that these so-called 'Christians' – who created Jim Crow segregation laws and who fought tooth-and-nail against any legislation which would have granted blacks equal rights just happened to be from the same political party as Mr. Obama.