After reading a Washington Post article dripping in sarcasm, as well as other articles from ABC, MSNBC, and the New York Times, I decided to finally send in a response. No doubt, my response will never be read, but hey, why not?
The overall feeling I get is that if you hold to certain conservative morals, you shouldn’t let those morals affect your political choices. This led to the following email from me to the Washington Post:
It would appear that the media is quite ignorant of history. How quickly they forget that it was a conservative man who, through his religious convictions, believed God had called him to reform the culture for God’s glory. If such a politician made the claim today that he felt God had called him to reform society, he would be laughed at and ridiculed. But who would laugh at and ridicule William Wilberforce in the modern era, the man who almost single-handily defeated the slave trade and slavery itself in the British empire?
In his journal, Wilberfoce stated he felt God calling him to, “…the abolition of slavery and the reformation of manners [society]…”. His arguments were dripping in his Christianity, so much so that Lord Melborne argued that Wilberforce’s arguments should be cast aside because, “Such a [tragedy] on our society when religion is mixed with politics.” Thus, it was the secularists, the agnostics, the atheists, and the Deists of Wilberforce’s day who were supporting slavery; it was the Christians who were opposing it. It was arguments based on Scripture and Christian principles that ultimately did the following (via Wilberforce):