[quote author=“Jaik”]I need a history lession from you intellectuals, but isn’t true that the people opposing those movements were believers as well?
Here is a good example:
But the church of this country is not only indifferent to the wrongs of the slave, it actually takes sides with the oppressors. It has made itself the bulwark of American slavery, and the shield of American slave-hunters. Many of its most eloquent Divines, who stand as the very lights of the church, have shamelessly given the sanction of religion and the Bible to the whole slave system. They have taught that man may, properly, be a slave; that the relation of master and slave is ordained of God; that to send back an escaped bondman to his master is clearly the duty of all the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ; and this horrible blasphemy is palmed off upon the world for Christianity.
- Frederick Douglass;
The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro
July 5th, 1852
Frederick Douglass was a Christian. Christians today can claim that Frederick Douglass is an example of how Christianity was used to fight against slavery, because Douglass also gave speeches about God and Jesus in opposition to slavery stating that we are all God’s creatures and equal under the eyes of God, etc.
The problem here is obvious. Claiming that “Christianity was a force of opposition to slavery” does not address the fact that Christianity was also the primary force of support for slavery. It was only through the use of powerful Christian backing that it remained in practice as long as it did.
Meanwhile, in Europe, where there was a larger anti-Christian and pro-humanist attitude, slavery was outlawed far sooner than in the US. Likewise, people such as Thomas Paine and many of the French atheists we leaders in the movements for opposition to slavery over 100 years before the end of slavery in the US, and at a time when the overwhelming majority of Christians supported it or failed to actively oppose it.
It’s really no different than talking about an issue like global warming or sex education in public schools today.
Yes, there are liberal Christians groups who acknowledge that global warming is a problem and support measures to address it, and there are liberal Christian groups who support the rights of homosexuals, but on the whole, opposition to addressing global warming is primarily supported by Christian conservatives and opposition to homosexual rights and equality is dominated by Christians.
Given this same pattern, we can bet that 30 years from now Christians will look back on the few Christian churches that elected gay priests and claim that “Christianity” was the leader in fighting for gay rights.