omigosh...Frank, you just reminded of a conversation I was in on Abuzz with some idiot who was defending the US Southern States' Right to 'either have slavery or get rid of it'. It was his,( damn, I forgotten the name,) position that if we had just left the South alone, it would have abandoned slavery at some point, not because it was immoral, but that, given the coming Industrial Age, it wouldn't have been economically viable.
He actually used your quote about "Slaves, you shall have them..." to defend the white Southerners' attitude towards the ethics of owning slaves.
I asked him if he thought it was ethical for the Egyptians to enslave the Jews, and , if so, by what supernatural authority had they
been given permission to own the Jews?
He replied that the Egyptians never had the right to enslave the Jews because they were following the dictates of "a false god".
(You have to watch out for those, I guess.)
So, the Jews, and their philosophical descendants, the Christians, did
have the right and authority to enslave other people because they were following the commands of Almighty God.
(Ah, a real god. Lucky for them.)
After I stopped banging my head with my fist, I decided to thank him for aiding me in seeing what a steaming pile of horsepoop the Bible is.
His (it was a name like Madetse, or Modesto or something) other bit of brilliance was that anything in the Old Testament that Jesus didn't specifically deny
was to be followed by Christians.
(Christ didn't speak about homosexuality, thus the Old Testament proclamations against it hold.)
I said "Good. Because there's not a word in the New Testament against selling my daughters and I am getting really tired of all their crap."
Joe(I don't remember what he said to that, but he made no offer.)Nation