10 February 2017

Quote for the day -- hypocrisy

"I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of the land..... I look upon it as the climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds, and the grossest of all libels. Never was there a clearer case of 'stealing the livery of the court of heaven to serve the devil in.' I am filled with unutterable loathing when I contemplate the religious pomp and show, together with the horrible inconsistencies, which every where surround me. We have men-stealers for ministers, women-whippers for missionaries, and cradle-plunderers for church members.

"The man who wields the blood-clotted cowskin during the week fills the pulpit on Sunday, and claims to be a minister of the meek and lowly Jesus..... The slave auctioneer’s bell and the church-going bell chime in with each other, and the bitter cries of the heart-broken slave are drowned in the religious shouts of his pious master. Revivals of religion and revivals in the slave-trade go hand in hand together. The slave prison and the church stand near each other.

"The clanking of fetters and the rattling of chains in the prison, and the pious psalm and solemn prayer in the church, may be heard at the same time. The dealers in the bodies of men erect their stand in the presence of the pulpit, and they mutually help each other. The dealer gives his blood-stained gold to support the pulpit, and the pulpit, in return, covers his infernal business with the garb of Christianity. Here we have religion and robbery the allies of each other—devils dressed in angels’ robes, and hell presenting the semblance of paradise."

Frederick Douglass (found via Progressive Eruptions)


Blogger W. Hackwhacker said...

Proof that some things never change. Brilliant!

10 February, 2017 07:07  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Pretty good piece! I also liked his 4th of July meaning piece as a favourite too, he was invited to speak after all, so why not? {:-)


10 February, 2017 07:12  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

The so-called Xtian right shows its religious indignation only when it offends their politics, never when it offends their god.

11 February, 2017 10:26  
Blogger Dave Miller said...

Thanks Shaw for the term Xtian right...

It gives the rest of us some room...

11 February, 2017 11:48  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

A friend of mine who lives in Tennessee just sent me this:

Proposed bill deems children born through artificial insemination illegitimate children

NASHVILLE, TN (WMC) - A proposed bill in the Tennessee General Assembly seeks to classify children born through artificial insemination as illegitimate children.

Representative Terry Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) proposed HB 1406, which is intended to repeal the current statute regarding children born through artificial insemination.

The current statute, TCA 68-3-306, provides for the child to be considered the legitimate child of a husband and wife if the child is born through artificial insemination and with the consent of the husband.

"A child born to a married woman as a result of artificial insemination, with consent of the married woman's husband, is deemed to be the legitimate child of the husband and wife." (TCA 68-3-306)

However, the bill proposed by Weaver, with the Senate equivalent (SB 1153) proposed by Senator Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald), would repeal that statute and label the child as illegitimate despite the couple being married and both consenting."

Obviously, this is designed to target same sex couples but it casts such a wide net that it also encompasses couples with fertility issues and men who are paralyzed, many of whom are veterans. This means that in addition to it being an incredibly stupid piece of legislation, it's also a violation of ADA.

Again, here are the fundamental Xtians at work to force their taboos on everyone.

11 February, 2017 17:18  
Anonymous NickM said...

I had a relationship with a (non-practicing, atheist) Jewish woman from Atlanta. We went to the King Centre (MLK) and it's a bit odd. I mean that in a good way. It's just next to the Ebenezer Baptist Church he preached at and that has an eternal flame for Dr King and a black couple asked me to photo them by it and they returned the favour. It was December and bitter cold. I am British and in my naivety I was shocked by two things in the King Centre. The first was the laws and the extent to which they were aimed at whites. Technically, within my lifetime (born 1973) I could have got trouble for being with a Jew! And a black woman! Or indeed a black or white man. I think the state of Mississippi recognized the first inter-racial (black/white) marriage in 1973. That was the first thing - quite how recent this was. The second was just a reinforcement. The King Centre has a large collection of Dr King's personal "stuff". It's a bit weird. Things like his empty aftershave bottles, his Bibles and his Levi's denim jacket. The aftershave bottles were exactly the same as the ones in Atlanta Macy's and I was wearing that exact jacket. You see King on the TV and he's in B&W but when you see his stuff and it is just like your stuff it brings it home to you quite how recent this all was. I dunno what to think. Perhaps it is scary that this evil existed roughly in my lifetime and perhaps it is good that it gets largely nixxed within a generation or so.

14 February, 2017 02:14  

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