Religion is supposed to be about raising consciousness, especially when it comes to slavery, yet the world’s economies depend upon slave labor. As long as this continues it is useless to imagine that we are free because freedom cannot exist alongside slavery.
“You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.” Booker T. Washington (found on goodreads.com tags: oppression, slavery)
“Enslave the liberty of but one human being and the liberties of the world are put in peril.” William Lloyd Garrison (found on brainyquote.com tags: sex, rights, human)
Two misconceptions definitely support the continuation of slavery. One is that Pre-Civil War African-American slavery defines slavery. It does not. The other misconception is that the prophets taught their followers to perform mindless worship. They did no such thing. They never taught that so long as an object of worship is treated with the utmost respect, nothing else matters, not even child sexual abuse.
“…next to enslavement, I should regard being the slave of a religious master the greatest calamity that could befall me. For all the slaveholders with whom I have ever met, religious slaveholders are the worst. I have ever found them the meanest and basest, the most cruel and cowardly of all others.” Frederick Douglass, from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
“All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind and monopolize power and profit.” Thomas Paine