Good Question, Actually …

I’m forced to admit that the brevity of this post is due, in part, to the recent release of the Morrowind Overhaul Mod 3.0 which promised – and delivered – a comprehensive collection of graphics, sound, and gameplay modifications that promise to give new life to a game I love.  Now to find a collection of face packs and re-install all of the other comforts of the Morrowind I call home and I’ll be all set.

In my spare time between bouts of loading and unloading *.esm archives, I found this, for your viewing pleasure:

Arkansas State Rep: ‘If Slavery Were So God-Awful, Why Didn’t Jesus Or Paul Condemn It?’

… and it’s strange how I actually agree with him on one point …

After Arkansas Republicans disavowed a book by state representative Jon Hubbard (R-AR) claiming slavery was “a blessing in disguise” for African Americans, Hubbard’s colleague, state Rep. Loy Mauch (R-AR) has been outed by the Arkansas Times for his pro-slavery, pro-Confederacy letters to the editor over the past decade. Mauch’s run for reelection this year is backed by the Arkansas Republican Party.

In letters to the Democrat-Gazette, Mauch vehemently defended slavery and repeatedly suggested Jesus condoned it:

If slavery were so God-awful, why didn’t Jesus or Paul condemn it, why was it in the Constitution and why wasn’t there a war before 1861?
The South has always stood by the Constitution and limited government. When one attacks the Confederate Battle Flag, he is certainly denouncing these principles of government as well as Christianity.

I think it’s pretty clear I can’t get behind his hiding behind the confederate flag as a way to promote all of the things it represented 150 years ago, but at the root of it all, his question is pretty valid:  Why didn’t Jesus, Paul, or anyone else in the bible condemn the owning of another human being as wrong and immoral?

The answer is pretty simple:  it wasn’t considered wrong at the time.  It was an integral part of society not only in the Middle East, but in Rome, Persia, Africa, and elsewhere.  We have secular moral philosophy and rational discourse to thank for the collective realization that slavery is wrong and that no one person has the right to own another to treat as property.  That, among many other areas, is where the bible, koran, and torah fail us as moral guides.

His other letters call Abraham Lincoln a Marxist and celebrate the Confederate flag as “a symbol of Christian liberty vs. the new world order.” He also organized a conference in 2004 praising John Wilkes Booth and calling for the removal of an Abraham Lincoln statue. Mauch has been supported mainly by contributions from the Republican Party and other Arkansas candidates. Now, the state GOP is pulling all funds from Mauch, Hubbard and another state legislative candidate, Charlie Fuqua, who wants to expel all Muslims from the country and thinks rebellious children should receive the death penalty.

I’m happy to see that support for these candidates is dwindling, and that the flow of money is coming to a halt.  If you recall, Fuqua is the genius who suggested that rebellious children be put to death, believes our current president is a secret Muslim, and thinks that global warming – which he doesn’t believe – would be a good thing because plants would respond by creating more oxygen for us.

Though the party committee has cut them off, the three candidates are still receiving support from other Arkansas politicians, including U.S. Reps Steve Womack (R) and Tim Griffin (R). Mauch has also been endorsed by the National Rifle Association and the Arkansas Right to Life PAC.

Oh.  Well, I probably should have seen that one coming.

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