Atheism and slavery

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Thai women are frequently lured to Japan and then sold to Yakuza-controlled brothels where they are forced to work off their price. [1] [2]

Below are resources related to the topics of atheism and slavery and atheism and forced labor (Forced labor - governments putting some of its citizens under slavelike conditions).

Atheism and forced labor

See also: Atheism and forced labor

In atheistic communist regimes forced labor has often played a significant role in their economies and this practice continues to this day. (See: Atheism and forced labor)[3] [4][5]

In Myanmar a nontheistic form of Buddhism called the Theravada school of Buddhism is prevalent. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), about 800,000 people are subject to forced labor in Myanmar.[6]

Slavery and forced labor in modern China

According to CNN, hundreds (or perhaps thousands} of labor camps and forced labor prisons (called laogai) still exist in modern China.[7]

China has the world's largest atheist population.[8][9]

The inaugural Global Slavery Index is published by the Australia-based Walk Free Foundation,[10]

According to NBC News:

But taken in absolute terms, global powers such as China and Russia were near the top of the list of countries with the largest total of people living in slavery.

The index said the figure for China includes “the forced labour of men, women and children in many parts of the economy, including domestic servitude and forced begging, the sexual exploitation of women and children, and forced marriage.”[11]

Desecularization in China is partly occurring due to its association with equality, individual freedom and democracy (see: Asian atheism).[12] See also: Growth of Christianity in China

Slavery and modern Japan

Japan is one of the most atheistic countries in the world.[13] In Thailand a nontheistic form of Buddhism called the Theravada school of Buddhism is prevalent.

Frequently Thai women are lured to Japan and then sold to Yakuza-controlled brothels where they are forced to work off their price. [14] [15]

Slavery and Japan's past

Ancient Japan had indigenous slavery.

During WWII, Japan enslaved millions of individuals. Japan enslaved individuals who were Chinese, Javanese, and Koreans during WWII. In addition, Japan enslaved Allied POWs.

Slavery and the past of Thailand and Burma

Between the 1600s and early 20th century one-quarter to one-third of the population of some areas of Thailand and Burma were slaves.[16] Burma is present day Myanmar.

Richard Dawkins' family fortune and the slave trade

On February 20, 2012, the British newspaper the Daily Mail reported that Richard Dawkins' family fortune came from the slave trade".[17]

See also: Richard Dawkins' family fortune and the slave trade

Richard Dawkins is one the founders of the New Atheism movement.

On February 20, 2012, the British newspaper the Daily Mail reported that Richard Dawkins' "family fortune came from the slave trade".[18] On February 19, 2012, The Daily Telegraph reported that Dawkins is being called to make reparations for his family's past.[19]

The Daily Mail reported:

Ancestors of secularist campaigner Richard Dawkins made their fortune from the slave trade, it has been revealed.

The outspoken atheist, who once branded the Catholic Church 'evil', is the direct descendent of Henry Dawkins who owned 1,013 slaves in Jamaica until he died in 1744.

His 400-acre family estate, Over Norton Park near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, is believed to have been bought with money made through slave ownership hundreds of years ago...

Richard's son, Henry, married into another of Jamaica's powerful slave trading families and left 1,013 slaves worth £40,736 when he died 1744.

The links with slavery continue down the family tree and in 1796 another ancestor, James Dawkins, voted against William Wilberforce's plans to abolish the slave trade[20]

Demand for Richard Dawkins to pay reparations

As far as the demand for Richard Dawkins to pay reparations, The Daily Telegraph reported:

He is now facing calls to apologise and make reparations for his family's past.

Esther Stanford-Xosei, of Lewisham, south London, the co-vice chairman of the Pan-African Reparations Coalition in Europe, said: "There is no statute of limitations on crimes against humanity.

"The words of the apology need to be backed by action. The most appropriate course would be for the family to fund an educational initiative telling the history of slavery and how it impacts on communities today, in terms of racism and fractured relationships."[21]

Abolitionist movement and religious conservatives

The African-American author and political columnist Thomas Sowell wrote:

While slavery was common to all civilizations, as well as to peoples considered uncivilized, only one civilization developed a moral revulsion against it, very late in hits history…not even the leading moralists in other civilizations rejected slavery at all…. Moreover, within Western civilization, the principle impetus for the abolition of slavery came first from very conservative religious activists – people who would today be called ‘the religious right.’…this story is not ‘politically correct’ in today’s terms. Hence it is ignored, as if it never happened.”[22]

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Youtube figure Shockofgod says atheism promotes slavery

The YouTube channel Shockofgod maintains that: Christian principles advance freedom; human rights need to be grounded in theism and seen as God given and if man decides human rights then they can be taken away; Jesus Christ saves Christians from their sins; atheists are slaves to their sin and atheism puts people under spiritual bondage.[23]

Atheism, slavery and hypocrisy

See also: Atheist hypocrisy

Despite various atheistic populations having a significant amount of slavery in both the present and the past, atheists commonly decry slavery in the Bible - particularly the Israelites owning slave and Christian slaveholders mentioned or alluded to in the New Testament.[24]

And as noted above, historically conservative Christians have been at the forefront of abolionist endeavors.

For additional information, see: Christian apologetics and slavery in the Bible

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Notes

  1. January 2006 "Woman's Dying Wish: to punish traffickers who ruined her life" The Nation, 23 January 2006
  2. "A modern form of slavery: Trafficking of Burmese Women and Girls into Brothels in Thailand". Hrw.org. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
  3. Labor camps reinforce China's totalitarian rule. Cnn.com (1984-10-09). Retrieved on 2013-03-20.
  4. "China to reform re-education through labor system", Xinhua, January 8, 2013. Retrieved on January 8, 2013. 
  5. "ILO cracks the whip at Yangon". Atimes.com. 29 March 2005. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
  6. Labor camps reinforce China's totalitarian rule. Cnn.com (1984-10-09). Retrieved on 2013-03-20.
  7. Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics (Zuckerman, 2005)
  8. A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live, Washington Post By Max Fisher and Caitlin Dewey May 23, 2013
  9. 30 million people still live in slavery, human rights group says, NBC News
  10. 30 million people still live in slavery, human rights group says, NBC News
  11. The rise of Christianity in Asia by Masako Fukui, Australian Broadcasting Corporation's website RN
  12. Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics (Zuckerman, 2005)
  13. January 2006 "Woman's Dying Wish: to punish traffickers who ruined her life" The Nation, 23 January 2006
  14. "A modern form of slavery: Trafficking of Burmese Women and Girls into Brothels in Thailand". Hrw.org. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
  15. Slavery. Britannica.com. Retrieved 4 December 2011.]
  16. Revealed: How atheist Richard Dawkins' family fortune came from the slave trade, Daily Mail, February 20, 2012
  17. Revealed: How atheist Richard Dawkins' family fortune came from the slave trade, Daily Mail, February 20, 2012
  18. Slaves at the root of the fortune that created Richard Dawkins' family estate, The Daily Telegragh, February 19, 2012
  19. Revealed: How atheist Richard Dawkins' family fortune came from the slave trade, Daily Mail, February 20, 2012
  20. Slaves at the root of the fortune that created Richard Dawkins' family estate, The Telegraph
  21. Sowell, Thomas (2005) The real history of slavery. In Black Rednecks and White Liberals. San Francisco, CA: Encounter Books
  22. Why does atheism † promote slavery? by Shockofgod
  23. Does the Bible condone slavery?