Debate:Does the Bible justify racism?

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YES

(Or, at least, some Christians use the Bible to justify racism.) --Ed Poor Talk 10:21, 21 August 2007 (EDT)

NO

God told the ancient Israelites not to mix with ungodly people (i.e., heathens). This doesn't mean that God loves any particular ethnic or racial group less. It just means, "Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas."

Attempts were made by 19th Century American Christians to justify slavery in the U.S. South, based on selective quotation (prooftexting) of the Bible. It is now generally held that they were motivated by self-justification rather than an earnest attempt to discover God's will; see intellectual integrity. --Ed Poor Talk 10:21, 21 August 2007 (EDT)

If your source for this claim is Hollywood movies, you are going to need a better source. Rob Smith 14:07, 23 August 2007 (EDT)

Nothing justifies racism, and certainly not the Bible. However, there is a curious lack of serious mention to the other races of men in the Bible. (Or maybe I'm just not aware - but the focus is still in middle east only, no?) ATang 13:34, 23 August 2007 (EDT)

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