Recently 60,000 Christian youth from all over the world gathered in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome for the “Passion 2013” conference “…to shine a light on modern-day slavery”. To some of you this might sound like a noble cause. But, it’s truly far from it. Religion’s number one requirement is slaves. Indeed, the Christian religion is NOT a vehicle to freedom and liberty for all or human rights, and far from a shining example of compassion or empathy for the downtrodden and abused of humanity. In fact, Christianity THRIVES on the downtrodden and abused. Literally scammed into believing their lot in life will be better under the lash of a skyfairy, millions of people are led from the bondage of circumstance to the bondage of religion.
On The Christian Plantation
Christianity operates from the premise that one must spend a lifetime of indentured servitude to the skybaby, at the very least. At the most, the human being is considered to be the slave of the skyking, and under the threat of everlasting torment (the pain of the lash?) if someone tries to escape, or decides to serve another slave master of dubious divinity. On the Christian plantation, slavery isn’t just part and parcel of scripture, being a slave to the skyfairy is the only way one can achieve the pinnacle of heaven.
Before I proceed, let’s take a quick look some definitions for the words “slave”, “slavery”, “indentured” and “servitude”.
1.a person who is the property of and wholly subject to another; a bond servant.
2.a person entirely under the domination of some influence or person.
1.the condition of a slave; bondage.
2.the keeping of slaves as a practice or institution.
1.a deed or agreement executed in two or more copies with edges correspondingly indented as a means of identification.
2.any deed, written contract, or sealed agreement.
3.a contract by which a person, as an apprentice, is bound to service.
1.slavery or bondage of any kind: political or intellectual servitude.
2.compulsory service or labor as a punishment for criminals: penal servitude.
These definitions are important to this discussion. Therefore, any argument put forth by the believer must take into consideration the accepted definition of these words. With this in mind, there are those who will quickly jump into the “free will” counter and posit that slaves don’t choose to be slaves. But, I argue that the definition of the words “slave” and “slavery” above cover this quite nicely. Christianity uses the threats of hellfire, damnation, eternal torment, and outright death. There’s plenty of incentive for a person to work the fields of the Christian Plantation when their future hangs in the balance. If a person is sufficiently frightened, terrified, bullied, made to feel inferior… their “free will” is about as useless as a comb to a bald guy.
The Doctrine of Christian Slavery
The bible is perhaps one of the best places to justify slavery of any kind. No matter how you slice and dice it, cherry pick it, and/or sterilize it, there’s no escaping the foundational principles for slavery laid out in the bible’s Ten Commandments. Just take a look at the first four commandments of the King James version of the Bible. Touted as the end all be all foundation of the American system of law and government by the Talibangelical Religious Reich, these four imperative directives are dripping with implied threats to the Christian slave.
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. But, it doesn’t stop there. After serving the master for an entire human lifetime, those that ascend to join the skyfairy in heaven must serve him for eternity.
Slaves codes in the Deep South were a list of rules that governed the slave and, believe it or not, the slave owner. Here are a few examples of the rules that slaves had to live by, and my notes in italics that show the uncanny similarities to the Christian religion:
Slaves were forbidden to leave the owner’s property, unless accompanied by a white person, or obtaining permission.
(You can’t go anywhere without Jesus/God looking over your shoulder. You should probably pray (ask) for permission to do something you want to do before hand.)
If a slave leaves the owner’s property without permission, “every white person” is required to chastise such slaves.
(Chastising, Shaming, Guilt, brought to you by your church’s congregation, the preacher, Jesus/God. You should have prayed for permission. But even then, there’s no guarantee.)
Any slave attempting to run away and leave the colony (later, state) receives the death penalty.
(Covered in the bible multiple times. Walk away from the skytyrant and skybaby and it’s curtains!)
Any slave who evades capture for 20 days or more is to be publicly whipped for the first offense; branded with the letter R on the right cheek for the second offense; and lose one ear if absent for thirty days for the third offense; and castrated for the fourth offense.
(Another one that’s covered multiple times in the bible. I don’t have space to list all of them. Try actually reading the fucking thing yourself!)
The South Carolina slave code was revised in 1739 with the following amendments:
No slave shall be taught to write, work on Sunday, or work more than 15 hours per day in Summer, and 14 hours in Winter.
A fine of one hundred dollars and six months in prison are imposed for teaching a slave to read and write, and death is the penalty for circulating incendiary literature.
(Remember the story of Adam and Eve, the Serpent and eating from the Tree of Knowledge? Knowledge bad!!!!!)
I could write an entire book on this subject. But, I’m not interested in having to swallow any more of the Christian shit than is needed to hammer home the obvious. Christianity is Slavery. It’s bad enough that we have to deal with Christians, of all stripes, that actually think they are righteous in their biblical screed of love and forgiveness, when in fact it always reveals the massive hypocrisy of their belief system. And it’s even more disgusting whenever they speak of freeing people from the “bonds of slavery”. Sure. Trade one slave master for another! Freedom and Liberty for all is NOT attainable under the thumb of any slave owner. Human or Divine. God and Jesus, Allah, Yahweh… whatever entity people believe in… they are ALL slave owners, reflections of human arrogance, byproducts of ancient human dictators who sought to dominate and control those who were gullible, naive, and afraid. The folly continues today. And that is a very sad comment on what the future of religious slavery may hold. Don’t be a slave. There is no slave owner (god). Set yourself free.