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Thursday, December 16, 2004

But the slaves loved it!
(faith based fuckheads)

Slavery got a bad rap it seems. But at Cary Christian School -"providing excellent clasical education based on a biblical world view" - students get a fair and balanced view of slavery.

Using "Southern Slavery, As It Was,"
a booklet that attempts to provide a biblical justification for slavery and asserts that slaves weren't treated as badly as people think is necessary to balance the image of slavery in Uncle Toms Cabin.
* "There has never been a multi-racial society which has existed with such mutual intimacy and harmony in the history of the world." (page 24)
* "Slave life was to them a life of plenty, of simple pleasures, of food, clothes, and good medical care." (page 25)

"As a classical Christian school, we think it's important for our students to be able to think and not be slanted to a particular position," Stephenson said. "We want them to think for themselves."
He said the booklet was a counterpoint to "Uncle Tom's Cabin," which he said portrayed all Southern whites as treating their slaves badly.
Principal Larry Stephenson said the school is only exposing students to different ideas, such as how the South justified slavery. He said the booklet is used because it is hard to find writings that are both sympathetic to the South and explore what the Bible says about slavery.

Marcus Ranch, who has three daughters at Cary Christian, said he has no problem with the school using the booklet. He said it offers an accurate portrayal that is overlooked of how many slaves were treated kindly by their owners.

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