I’m pretty sure I can defend any of these positions if challenged. Take the one on slavery. There are numerous quotations in the Bible, Old and New, that accepts and condones slavery. It was no more a moral issue than our going into a restaurant and telling the waiter staff to get us all kinds of stuff.
I always liked the lecture by Professor Teofilo Ruiz of UCLA, a Cuban expatriate who’s an expert on early Spanish history. It’s a good example of how religion screws up thinking:
When the Conquistadors landed in Western Africa they needed slaves to replace the Taino Indians that were being worked to death in the gold mines of Hispaniola. There were only a few tribe members left and none today. They were sending gold back to Spain by the galleon load. The island had over a hundred gold mines that needed fresh healthy laborers.
1. The land belongs to God.
2. These half-naked savages are definitely the children of the devil.
3. God would prefer us to own the land and enslave these savages because we are righteous.
4. If we enslave them to work the mines, we can bring them closer to God.
5. In fact, it’s better for them if we work them to death than if they stay here in the tropical paradise but lose their souls.
No bull. It’s enough to piss a humanist off just thinking about it.