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Arkansas State Representative: ‘If Slavery Were So Godawful, Why Didn’t Jesus Condemn It?’

Arkansas Representative Loy Mauch Says Jesus Condoned Slavery

Arkansas state representative Loy Mauch has become the second Republican legislator in the state to claim that slavery may have actually been a good thing. Mauch, whose colleague Jon Hubbard claimed that slavery was “a blessing in disguise” for African Americans, was outed by the Arkansas Times for pro-slavery, pro-Confederacy letters to the editor he has written over the past 10 years.

The letters were sent to the Democrat-Gazette and show Mauch defending slavery, repeatedly suggesting that Jesus would have condoned it, reports Think Progress. An excerpt of one letter reads:

“If slavery were so God-awful, why didn’t Jesus or Paul condemn it, why was it in the Constitution and why wasn’t there a war before 1861? The South has always stood by the Constitution and limited government. When one attacks the Confederate Battle Flag, he is certainly denouncing these principles of government as well as Christianity.”

Along with his comments about slavery and the Confederate flag, Loy Mauch also states that Abraham Lincoln was a Marxist “war criminal.” Gawker notes that the Arkansas state representative also wrote:

“Nowhere in the Holy Bible have I found a word of condemnation for the operation of slavery, Old or New Testament. If slavery was so bad, why didn’t Jesus, Paul or the prophets say something? This country already lionizes Wehrmacht leaders. They go by the names of Lincoln, Grant, Sherman, Sheridan, Custer, etc. These Marxists not only destroyed the Constitution they were sworn to uphold, but apostatized the word of God. Either these depraved infidels or the Constitution and Scriptures are in error. I’m more persuaded by the word of God.”

NECN reports that Arkansas’ State Republican Party announced on Monday that they will no longer financially support the three candidates whose writings have come under fire for racial charges. The candidates are Mauch, Hubbard, and House candidate Charlie Fuqua, who believes that the death penalty should be used for rebellious children.

The Party’s Chairman Doyle Webb stated that they would no longer financially support any of the three candidates, though he stopped short of asking them to pull out of their races. US Representative Tim Griffin also stated:

“I read a sample of Rep. Mauch’s statements, and they range from outrageous to historically inaccurate and anachronistic to downright odd. As we all know, both parties have folks that say ridiculous things, but I would not have financially supported Mauch had I known about these statements.”

Do you think that Arkansas state representative Loy Mauch is correct in saying that Jesus would have condoned slavery?

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28 Responses to “Arkansas State Representative: ‘If Slavery Were So Godawful, Why Didn’t Jesus Condemn It?’”

  1. Dea Elmi

    UGH…these monstrous men are giving Christians and Christianity a bad name. I cannot BELIEVE that the good people of the state of Arkansas allow and condone these kinds of offensive and vile writings and comments. I abhor violence but I hope that these men's careers end in ignominy and shame. Repulsive.

  2. Andy Dempz

    I don't doubt that this guy is an idiot of the most repulsive kind, but he has a twisted point. The Bible does very clearly fail to condemn slavery and actually specifies what sorts of slavery are acceptable (though to be fair, it predated the Atlantic slave trade by 1000+ years, and referred to slavery amongst the tribes of the Middle East). You can't just ignore it or pretend it isn't there. Perhaps it's time for society to progress past Christianity just as it has past slavery.

  3. Haresh Samtani

    "The South has/had Always STOOD by the Constitution and Limited Government"……Ravings of a Demented Madman:
    WHAT's 'Constitutiona' and 'Limiting the Scope of Government' in the GodLESS Commitment of SLAVERY-Causing Heartbreak and Pain to Families of Those who are the Sons of the Same ONE God? Jerk!

  4. Marc Goldfuss

    Andy Dempz – The message Jesus taught, and told us to share, is a broad all encompassing life altering one that should change your outlook on life. A message that teaches equality, love, compassion, honesty, and what "ownership" really is, etc… If you understand this, then you know where Jesus is "on the issues".

    Your statement about Christianity, and giving this guy any credence, tells me that you really don't know the whole truth about what Jesus offered you.

  5. Dea Elmi

    Marc Goldfuss – Amen brother! There is another post here on Inquistr about another Arkansas Republican politician who says that Slavery was a blessing for blacks, and there I got attacked by 2 men, no wait 3 men because they said Christianity was a religion of slave like mentality and all I said was we Christians are children of God a benevolent God. Well…you would think I insulted their moms….I was called an idiot, simpleton and much worse. Didn't reply much but I thought wow… Christians the last group in America it is ok discriminate against. Anyway I tried to keep it nice but I am afraid my blood got hot and I did react a tiny bit to some of the name calling. Peace to all and let us all pray for these CRAZY Arkansas politicians

  6. Andy Dempz

    Marc Goldfuss Jesus stood as a blood sacrifice to redeem the original sin God created and condemned all of humanity under, if I may reiterate the most basic concept of Christianity. No thank you, I don't need anyone or anything to save me from some imaginary curse of eons past.

  7. Derek J. White

    Dea, we in Arkansas find this as repulsive as you do. Christ never spoke ill of homosexuality, but all 3 of these guys have, so what we can take from this is: as long as THEY don't agree with something, its sinful and wrong, but when they like something, they'll find a redneck way of justifying it.

  8. Marc Goldfuss

    Andy Dempz – I am fully aware of what role slavery played in human history, and not just Christianity, as you imply. Actually, if you look at apostle Paul, he too called himself a "bond servant", or more correctly translated, a slave to Jesus. It too, and a willing slave to Him. I know this is a foolish concept to you. Still, He is, and always will be, there to offer you the free gift of salvation purchased with His sacrifice. Your choice.

    Regarding the Old Testament, yes… I am fully aware of that too. Take heed; woe to you, to call your creator "petty"! You shall reap what you sow! I truly feel sadness for you, and for the choice you so boldly pronounce. Follow Him, or not; what foolishness it is to place judgement on the one that created you.
    It's more than a curse man, it's that anger, resentment, and pride you feel at this very moment that made you, what Christ will gladly forgive us for.

  9. Marc Goldfuss

    Andy Dempz – I am fully aware of what role slavery played in human history, and not just Christianity, as you imply. Actually, if you look at apostle Paul, he too called himself a "bond servant", or more correctly translated, a slave to Jesus. I too, am a willing slave to Him.
    I know this is a foolish concept to you.

    Regarding the Old Testament, yes… I am fully aware of that too. Take heed; woe to you, to call your creator "petty"! You shall reap what you sow! I truly feel sadness for you, and for the choice you so boldly pronounce. Follow Him, or not; what foolishness it is to place judgement on the one that created you.
    It's more than a curse man, it's that anger, resentment, and pride you feel at this very moment. THAT is the sin Christ will gladly forgive us for.
    He is, and always will be, there to offer you the free gift of salvation purchased with His sacrifice. Your choice.

  10. Andy Dempz

    I'm sorry, I was "created" by my parents, not by a god invented by some desert dwellers to explain the biology they had yet to understand. And I did not call my parents petty! ;)

    And how quickly the god of mercy gives way to the punishing overseer! A spiritual North Korea indeed, always being watched and judged, with grateful submission demanded. Again, no thank you. God, salvation, sin, you can keep the lot.

    But if we may get back on track once again! I'm not here to debate the philosophical cruelty of the Christian proposition (though I gladly will), but to point out that while Loy Mauch seems a bigoted imbecile and a throwback to a more primitive age, he seems to be reading his Bible more accurately than most people do. They gloss over the horrors of the Old Testament while he revels in them. He doesn't have to do a dance around those bits, to explain them away, he embraces them whole heartedly. And I say instead of complicating your interpretation of a grossly outdated book to match your modern morals, why not look at it as it is? You can either be a modern human being, or remain chained to the dawn of history.

  11. Marc Goldfuss

    Ah, not looking for a discussion in Apologetics. Although, i get this feeling that it wouldn't satisfy you anyway, no matter what the evidence leads to.
    I don't know you, but I sense you are a young man… hopefully one day you will, as Jake Elwood said,"see the light", before your world become eternally more complex.

    As for Loy; the Bible, and other history books, have plenty of stories of men just like him. Nothing new here…

  12. Jay Dwyer

    WOW! No, Jesus and Paul didn't say anything about slavery. They say quite a bit about wealth and people who prize owning things over compassion and love for their fellow man. Just how do people get to be elected when they demonstrate over and over and over again that they have no way to think through things logically. "If the bible doesn't directly say 'Jesus was against slavery' then what is wrong with it." Seriously dude? You better hope you don't get your wish or you might just find YOURSELF in chains toiling in a field.

  13. Jay Dwyer

    WOW! No, Jesus and Paul didn't say anything about slavery. They say quite a bit about wealth and people who prize owning things over compassion and love for their fellow man. Just how do people get to be elected when they demonstrate over and over and over again that they have no way to think through things logically. "If the bible doesn't directly say 'Jesus was against slavery' then what is wrong with it." Seriously dude? You better hope you don't get your wish or you might just find YOURSELF in chains toiling in a field.

  14. Patrick Mulcahey

    Jesus didn't say a word against internet porn either, so how bad can it be?

  15. Jay Dwyer

    EXACKERY, Patrick! Course, I'm not completely up on my gospels but I'm also pretty sure Jesus said nothing about rape (male or female)… Hope Rep Mauch is, uhm…watching… his back.

  16. Natalie Rowland

    He need to read the bible, before he say that Jesus didnt speck about in the bible: Galatians 4:1-11, my point is this, heirs as long SS they are minors, are no better than slaves, though they are the owners of all the property, but they remain under guardian and trustees until the date set by the father. So with us; while we were minors, we were enslaved to the elemental spirits of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our "heart" crying, Abba!) Father! So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir through God. Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to beings that by nature are not gods. Now, however, that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and beggarly elemental spirits. How can you want to be enslaved to them again? You are observing special days, and months, and seasons, and years. I am afraid that my work for you may have been wasted.