This past Tuesday, Seth Andrews held a great discussion on the topic of black secularism in the United States. During that discussion, Seth unearthed a great quote, part which I want to share with you here:
...I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of the land... I look upon it as the climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds, and the grossest of all libels. Never was there a clearer case of 'stealing the livery of the court of heaven to serve the devil in.' I am filled with unutterable loathing when I contemplate the religious pomp and show, together with the horrible inconsistencies, which every where surround me. We have men-stealers for ministers, women-whippers for missionaries, and cradle-plunderers for church members. The man who wields the blood-clotted cowskin during the week fills the pulpit on Sunday, and claims to be a minister of the meek and lowly Jesus.... The slave auctioneer’s bell and the church-going bell chime in with each other, and the bitter cries of the heart-broken slave are drowned in the religious shouts of his pious master.
-- Frederick Douglass
I figured I'd keep this post tight and just offer you the beginning of Douglass' statement. The full quote may be found here. For those who may sometimes think that being black and being christian is a necessary congruency, know that there was a knowledgeable and respected black man who thought otherwise ... One Hundred Fifty Years Ago.