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the amends corner

By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 04, 2007

So what's it going to be: an act of penitent moral resolve, or a self-gratifying publicity stunt? You make the call:

Institutions such as the Church of England which profited from the slave trade should consider making amends in some form, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.

Dr Rowan Williams said there was "no quick" solution but suggested that organisations living off the "historic legacy" of compensation following the freeing of slaves in 1833 had a responsibility to take some form of action.

Since the wrong in question was the exploitation of a disfavored class of human beings (at a period when it that exploitation served the interests of the powerful), why not "make amends" by coming to the defense of an all-too-contemporary example of a disfavored class of human beings, subject to exploitation in the service of the powerful: namely, unborn children threatened with abortion? Doing so would give evidence that an important moral lesson had been learned.

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 05, 2007 11:42 PM ET USA

    King Leonidas' widow is looking for compensation from the Persians for what they did to her husband.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 05, 2007 11:43 AM ET USA

    As a descendant of the Irish, I would like compensation from the Moors (Africans) for the thousand years of enslavement by their ancestors of mine. And as for the British....

  • Posted by: - Apr. 04, 2007 5:27 PM ET USA

    God bless you Di; the unborn need champions!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 04, 2007 4:02 PM ET USA

    How long will it take for plaintiff lawyers to discover that the vile Church of Rome is worth trillions and all of it is slave booty? But more seriously, will anyone notice that the people whose ancestors were slaves are much better off than those whose ancestors were untouched by the institution?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 04, 2007 2:48 PM ET USA

    If institutions living off an historic legacy (not to mention the real property) have a responsibility to take action, can we have our churches and monasteries back?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 04, 2007 2:30 PM ET USA

    Uncle Di, Whoa! Hold on! These are British Anglicans, not Africans, we are referring to here--the ones that even have a hard time believing that Christ is Lord, and in the Resurrection, atonement and in personal sin itself. God, Himself, for that matter! These are the folks that pioneered the Church of the Blessed Wishy-Washy on the Thames. And in Great Britain 2007 as it slides into either virtual "Brave New World' or "1984" you want them do do what?

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