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originally posted by: votan
It's trendy to slam on religion particularly Christianity. Go get em bandwagon tigers you show them Christians!
"If we look back into history for the character of the present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practiced it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England blamed persecution in the Romish Church, but practiced it upon the Puritans. They found it wrong in Bishops, but fell into the practice themselves both there (England) and in New England."--- Benjamin Franklin
originally posted by: soulpowertothendegree
a reply to: windword
Maybe so but it doesn't change the fact they were christian.
originally posted by: Gorman91
I really don't think a committee member is the same as the president of the united states, no offense. My university president was a committee member to the president. I very much so doubt she was sworn in on a bible, if even sworn in at all.
originally posted by: My_Reality
a reply to: Krazysh0t
For the most part you are correct. However there is one major flaw in your explanation. It was not white racism that put the Native Americans under the boot. It was Christian intolerance. Christians considered the Native Americans savages, heathens and heretics. A majority of early America's social ills had roots in Christianity. In the early periods of colonialism the white christian Europeans considered every race they encountered that was not Christian little more than sub-human peoples to be conquered and enslaved. Jews and Muslims were treated slightly better because of earlier Christian contact with those cultures but they had no qualms about conquering those cultures if they could.
In closing, the fact that Europeans are white had little to do with the treatment of natives on distant continents. The true motivation for the European actions was they were Christians and the natives of distant lands were not. In the age of exploration and colonization Christianity has a sad history of completely disregarding the human rights of any non christian alien culture encountered. I could go on with numerous examples but I won't because the history is easily accessible.
If people want to claim that America is a nation founded on Christian principles....fine. I will demand that those same people take responsibility for the many evils committed against the native Americans all in the name of "Christianity".