No turning away, or back, after seeing ’12 Years a Slave’

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Chiwetel Ejiofor as “Solomon Northup” in "12 Years a Slave". Photo courtesy Fox/Searchlight Pictures

Chiwetel Ejiofor as “Solomon Northup” in "12 Years a Slave". Photo courtesy Fox/Searchlight Pictures

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LOS ANGELES (RNS) Those scenes of slave owners using the Bible as a spiritual weapon against their slaves, weren’t poetic license. They actually happened. And it begs the question: How are we using the Bible today to enslave the “other” or each other?

  • Jay

    So many people always want to discount the bible because of the wicked deeds of man’s so called interpretations. Yet those who dont know much fail to realize that when Satan met with Jesus to tempt him, SATAN tried to twist the scriptures to suit his evil ends. There are many of his children loose in the world today who likewise twist the scriptures and their meaning, along with their blind lack of understanding, to suit their own ends. Or should i say, to suit the ends of their father, the devil. Taking the Word of God out of context to try and blame mankind’s wickedness on Him is a horrible reprehensible thing to do.

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  • The sad thing about all this is that slavery is still legal under the 13th. Amendment if you are a “criminal”. So, the only thing needed to make a profit is find criminals and if none exist make some. The Prison Industrial Complex makes everyone an en slaver because a Free Market Economic System demands so. If you own a cell phone, drive a car, use bar soap or brush your teeth you like I make this thing work. and if that is not bad enough if crime drops we pay a special tax or if prison beds are not full we pay another tax. Anyone who owns stock is especially tarnished. I am writing an Anthropology paper on The Prison Industrial Complex in the Evolution of Slavery…HIS

  • Larry

    “Taking the Word of God out of context to try and blame mankind’s wickedness on Him is a horrible reprehensible thing to do.”

    Not as bad as taking the Word of God as an excuse to act wicked. Believers do it on a regular basis. They use their religion as the motivation to act wickedly towards others.

    At least those who are attacking religion are not trying to force others into their belief using force or the color of law. More harm has been done in this world from people following the word of their God than those who speak out against such beliefs.