Who Owns Slavery?

Beware Biased Reporting on Racial Theories That Ignores History

In a July episode of All Things Considered, NPR religion correspondent Tom Gjelten argues that "White Supremacist Ideas Have Historical Roots in U.S. Christianity."1 The piece focuses first on two nineteenth-century Southern pastors, Henry Lyon, Jr., and James Henley Thornwall, who defended slavery from their pulpits. A review of these men and others leads Gjelten to conclude, "Elements of racist ideology have long been present in white Christianity in the United States."

He goes on to catalogue a few other historical and living Southern clergy, whom he believes have focused on the salvation of souls to the detriment of social justice. "Evangelicals in particular generally prioritize...

 

is the managing editor of the Howard Center's quarterly journal, The Family in America: A Journal of Public Policy.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #54, Fall 2020 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo54/who-owns-slavery

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