Hubbard's observation reminded me of my 1972 job interview...
You are correct about slavery in general (read Philemon) but God very much condemns many of the practices we associate with the slavery of Africans and the treatment of them. Of course, this would be true of any individual subjected to the form of slavery we associate with pre-civil war America. Throughout Bible times slavery was practiced in a way that did not involve degradation and the Mosaic Law spelled out, not only the humane treatment of slaves, but the way that a slave who appreciated the care his master provided to him and his family could make the arrangement permanent. The slavery of black people in America and all the inhumane trappings that we associate with it are certainly not compatible with Biblical Christianity.
Jon Hubbard, a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, has a book, titled "Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative." Among its statements for which Hubbard has been criticized and disavowed by the Republican Party is, "The institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth."
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