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Old 02-07-2018, 10:50 AM
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It was the spirit of true Christianity which finally put a dagger into the heart of the slave trade. It is my belief that the teachings of Jesus Christ were altered in the New Testament to benefit the ruling classes. Thus, the true passages on His teachings about slaves were changed to make it appear as though He favored it. Christians who owned slaves were disconnected from Christ's true teachings in the same way that Muslims who kill in the name of Allah are disconnected from the true teachings of their religion today. Even the Atheists who butchered millions in the 20th Century cannot be associated with Atheism. For the true spirit of humanity is built around brotherhood, peace, and love. Therefore, anything that goes against this spirit is at a disconnect. Religion is a beautiful tool for mankind when correctly applied. However, when it is used for one's own benefit, it loses its name. No longer is it religion but just a device to manipulate and control others.

Stop believing you are so important. In a mere hundred years, you'll be long forgotten. Therefore, live life as though you will die tomorrow; but, learn, really learn, as though you will live forever. -- A giant amongst midgets.

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Quakers in particular were early leaders in abolitionism. In 1688 Dutch Quakers in Germantown, Pennsylvania, sent an antislavery petition to the Monthly Meeting of Quakers. By 1727 British Quakers had expressed their official disapproval of the slave trade.[97] Three Quaker abolitionists, Benjamin Lay, John Woolman, and Anthony Benezet, devoted their lives to the abolitionist effort from the 1730s to the 1760s, with Lay founding the Negro School in 1770, which would serve more than 250 pupils.[98] In June 1783 a petition from the London Yearly Meeting and signed by over 300 Quakers was presented to Parliament protesting the slave trade.[99]
In 1787 the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade was formed, with 9 of the 12 founder members being Quakers. During the same year, William Wilberforce was persuaded to take up their cause; as an MP, Wilberforce was able to introduce a bill to abolish the slave trade. Wilberforce first attempted to abolish the trade in 1791, but could only muster half the necessary votes; however, after transferring his support to the Whigs, it became an election issue. Abolitionist pressure had changed popular opinion, and in the 1806 election enough abolitionists entered parliament for Wilberforce to be able to see the passing of the Slave Trade Act 1807. The Royal Navy subsequently declared that the slave trade was equal to piracy, the West Africa Squadron choosing to seize ships involved in the transfer of slaves and liberate the slaves on board, effectively crippling the transatlantic trade. Through abolitionist efforts, popular opinion continued to mount against slavery, and in 1833 slavery itself was outlawed throughout the British Empire - at that time containing roughly 1/6 of the world's population (rising to 1/4 towards the end of the century).

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