Jim Lincoln wrote: "Yet neither Jesus nor any of the apostles attempted to abolish slavery"
John MacArthur falls prey to a Complex Question. Americans, whether Yankees or Lost Causers, are difficult to talk to rationally about Biblical slavery because of this. Clearly the Bible affirms certain forms of slavery, but that DOESN'T logically imply ALL forms are, like West-African slavery by kidnapping, which is a capital offense in the OT. One could be a slave in Rome for various reasons, some Biblical, others doubtfully so (such as captives in Rome's wars). What color you were didn't matter.
For all we know Onesimus was a debt slave and thus lawfully bound to Philemon.
Mike wrote: Here's a not so humble opinion. The best thing that could be done is nothing...
A way to deal with spoiled toddlers throwing a tantrum, when you can't spank 'em.
"Americans are quite astonishingly childlike" - from a list by the Punch columnist Bargepole; he was detailing the faults of Beastly Foreigners. Jokes can hurt when they're true. You don't hear "Act your age!" anymore, since no one is expected to.
Here is the downside of democracy, when depraved voters elect equally wicked Saturnalian "Lords of Misrule" like the Seattle mayor. She can be brazen because she is confident that constituents will not hold her to account; this is the same thing I have noticed in corporate and church governance.
Street thugs and their Democrat enablers are natural allies, for clearly, neither group fears eternal judgement for their deeds. Reminds me of how Woodrow Wilson's SecNav, Josephus Daniels, was a Progressive supporter of the KKK.
Hitler liquidated his chaotic Brownshirt thugs when he realized they were more of a political liability than an asset. But this time, so far, Democrats have no such fears.
Since it was Democrats, Southern and Northern (e.g. Stephen Douglas, Geo. McClellan), who largely resisted emancipation, let them start the ball rolling by paying for their ancestors' sins. And to be consistent with Progressive Taxation, the greater the net worth, the more that is owed.
Though I now suspect the Reparations crowd really want to enslave or kill White Men, not merely take their money, as the Final Solution to "reparations." I would've dismissed this thought not long ago, but not anymore.
Mike wrote: That's a new twist, Jim. Let's not allow homeschool because there might be a racist or molester there. Makes sense to you I suppose.
By Jim's reasoning, public schools should be closed because teachers have abused, ridiculed, and seduced students. Like politicians today responding to BLM protests, use institutional failings as a pretext to ban them.
Come to think of it, both public schools and police are unionized, the agenda of the old Left. Now there's some room for reform.
The Quiet Christian wrote: There are many reasons to homeschool, actually. We have a special needs child...
Not just special needs, but slow or gifted students may also be frustrated by curricula aimed (at best) at the average child, which doesn't exist: no one's child is average. "Average," the middle of the Bell Curve or Gaussian Distribution, is merely a statistical generalization of a population.
Learn some Statistics to resist being overly impressed by "scientists" and pollsters.
B. McCausland wrote: The main reason for homeschooling is to opt out of the humanist curriculum.
Another reason is avoiding abusive peers. For some reason, Assault or Battery are illegal against adults, and they're also illegal at home, but it's OK for minors in school. Same goes for "Hate Speech" like "Four Eyes" etc. And of course some kids are a bad influence morally.
Mike wrote: ...we need take back the language. Leftists are good at stealing it for their own purposes.
Yes! Language for them isn't merely for communication, it's a weapon to gain political power. "It's for the children" is a Big Lie to deceive the simple. Anyone who endorses infanticide can't be sincerely concerned about the welfare of children.
By contrast, Christians who respect the 9th Commandment will (or ought to) aim for clarity and truth in their language, since God is Truth.
Humble One wrote: For me, it shows you that blacks and whites live in separate societies.
One distinctive not pointed out often is social class. I have concluded that I have more in common, socially speaking, with middle-class blacks, Asians, and Hispanics than I do with lower-class whites. But pollsters are more interested in skin color than that.
Chrisgp from England wrote: I understand in some places of replacing the armed professional police with ‚Äúcommunity patrols‚ÄĚ, something like those ineffective unarmed watchmen we had from the 18th century...
I appreciate your historical perspective. As you likely know, London had one of the 1st organized police forces, but have you heard of the Bow Street Runners? Comic novelist Henry Fielding organized this even earlier, back in 1749, while he was a JP[!]. Cities back then were very dangerous places, esp. at night before gaslighting.
The American frontier had Vigilance Committees and Posse Comitatus in the absence of more organized law enforcement, but these were not always scrupulous. If informal justice can be abused by conservatives, imagine how these fool Leftist alternatives would work out!
However law enforcement is organized, the vital element required is a keen sense of justice. And that, I found, is very lacking in America these days, even among Christians since they are not taught to take Biblical Law and justice seriously in church affairs despite 1 Cor. 6.
Almost no one points out that public-sector unions with seniority rules along with, in the case of police, nepotism and other petty corruptions, make it difficult to sack bad actors. With the temper-tantrum politics typical of Democrats today, they haven't even considered that unions might be part of the problem of police brutality.
Unions have never been far from organized crime, either in association or practice, often terrorizing people they don't like such as "scabs," in the name of the Almighty Dollar.
Mike wrote: Democrats doing nothing about the burning down of black-owned businesses could cost them the election.
In a sane world I would concur, but these days, I'm reluctant to attempt any rational political inferences. There used to be state insane asylums; now, I'm convinced America *is* an insane asylum. Could it be mass demon-possession?
My conclusion is inspired by James Petigru, Atty. Gen'l of S. Carolina, who famously said after its secession, "S. Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum."
Jim Lincoln wrote: Neil, This racist was not a nice man.
Only because he was a racist, right? Then the Lincoln Memorial should be torn down too, for he did not believe blacks were equal to white men either, only that they should not be enslaved. Some of your black radicals are Lincoln-bashers, as he didn't meet their standards of righteousness. Funny how both political extremes hate Lincoln.
Lee was part of our history, like him or not. He should be remembered realistically, just as people remember Erwin Rommel, a nice and able general who also supported a racist regime. Nice people can be dangerous.
So New American also supports this Lost Cause nonsense, referencing a League of the South author. Another reason to avoid John Birchers.
I'd keep the Lee statues but add a sign saying, "This nice man, owing to a misguided sense of loyalty, rebelled against his duly-elected Commander-in-Chief," like Democrats since 2016. But hey, it's their State, not mine.