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See what I mean?

by Dan McC / September 17, 2004 4:45 AM PDT
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It wouldn't be the first religion-inspired amendment ....
by Bill Osler / September 17, 2004 11:22 AM PDT
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IIRC, much of the impetus behind the Abolitionist movement was motivated by religion. I don't hear any complaints about the end to slavery.

In fairness, I have to admit that some of the amendments started by religious groups were not quite so successful. Think Prohibition.

Still, this left-wing notion that faith cannot be used to inform political movements is both nonsense and out of touch with reality. Where do you think the liberal ideas for welfare came from if not from religiously based notions regarding compassion for the poor?

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In truth
by Dan McC / September 20, 2004 12:50 AM PDT

The abolition of slavery started with the freethinkers in France where it was ended by the atheistic revolutionaries. In the US, the early prominent critics of slavery were Franklin, Washington, Jefferson, and John Quincy Adams. All freethinkers or deists. Lincoln was a deist, Emerson was a freethinker, as were Jeremy Benthan and John Stuart Mill. Christian churches were luke-warm or against the end of slavery.

In any case, there is a vast difference between religion informing individual citizens and imposing religious constraints on the entire country.


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