[Vision2020] McBroom on Slavery

Nick Gier ngier at uidaho.edu
Tue Aug 24 12:15:35 PDT 2004


Ted Ryan: I don't have to go back into theV2020 archives.  All I have to do 
is turn to page 24 of "Southern Slavery As It Was" by Wilson and Wilkins 
and read:

"Slavery as it existed in the South was not an adversarial relationship 
with pervasive racial animosity.  Because of its dominantly patriarchal 
character, it was a relationship based upon mutual affection and 
confidence.  There has never been a multi-racial society which has existed 
with such mutual intimacy and harmony in the history of the world.  The 
credit for this must go to the predominance of Christianity.  The gospel 
enabled men who were distinct in nearly every way, to live and work 
together, to be friends and often intimates."

Any reader who reads this would obviously think that this is support for 
Southern slavery.  And did the vicious racial animosity just mysteriously 
appear after the Civil War?  Rather absurd proposition, don't you think?

And if Mr. McBroom is still with us, and even if he isn't, I would like to 
quote a passage from his critique of the Southern Baptist Statement of 
Repentance about Southern Slavery:

"The fact that slavery, as an institution, not only is allowed for in the 
Bible but also is mandated by the god of Scripture is certain 
circumstances, sets the Southern Baptist denomination at odds with the 
Bible--therefore at odds with the god who gave the Bible.  To call slavery 
a great evil, as was done, is to proclaim the God who ordained slavery evil."

You could not get a more pro-slavery statement than that. You will recall 
that McBroom is a deacon in Steve Wilkins' church in Louisiana.  Does 
Wilkins support his deacon's explicit support for slavery? An image of 
McBroom's full statement can be found at 

Nick Gier

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