|The Diary Of John|
|What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy? - Gandhi|
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Anglicans say sorry for role in slave trade
The Church of England has apologised for profiting from the "dehumanising and shameful" slave trade, two centuries after its members helped bring about its abolition in Britain.
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spiritual head of the world's 77 million Anglicans, said the church had a duty to share the "shame and sinfulness of our predecessors".
"It is not about political correctness ... wanting to wipe the record clean," he told a meeting of the church's governing body, the General Synod, in London on Wednesday. "It is part of what we are as a Christian community: A corporate acknowledgement of repentance."
More than 10 million people were exported as slaves from Africa during 350 years of the trade, the meeting heard. Each year, about 80,000 people were sold to work on sugar and cotton plantations.
One speaker, the Reverend Simon Bessant, from northern England, said the church must accept it was "part of the problem as well as part of the solution".
"We were at the heart of it, we were directly responsible for what happened," he said. "We must recognize our history and offer an apology."
He said members of the Anglican church owned slaves and plantations. In 1833, the then Bishop of Exeter and his three colleagues received 12,729 pounds in compensation after they were forced to free their 665 slaves.
The synod voted unanimously to apologize as the church prepares to commemorate next year's 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Britain.
The church hopes to use the anniversary to promote Christian values and to focus attention on the plight of people caught in the modern slave trade.
It wants to encourage people to examine the stance of Anglican reformer William Wilberforce, who led the campaign in parliament to abolish slavery in the early 19th century
Don't you just get the feeling that religious organisations are involved in just about every evil thing in the world? If they just banned some of these groups it would make ther world a lot better. This story shows how low these big religious groups will go to line their fucking bank accounts with cash, telling everyone to do as they say and not as they do! They should take this guy outside and publically whip him for his sins, after all it was good enough for Jesus to be whipped, right? Once people get it into their heads that the churches are a huge multi billion dollar business and that they don't give a toss about anyone or anything else and put their devotions (as well as their hard-earned cash) into something better these fucking so called orders of God will fade away. What fucking use is it to apologise for slavery now? Those families are still sufferiing from being uprooted from their cultures and family members and some little piece of shit dressed up in a dress can't take that away. Imagine if people just led good lives and didn't need to have a priest telling them what to do all of the time, it would make peoples lives so much better..
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