Douglass on True Religious Liberty

I think it’s always good to go back and read the July 5th, 1852 speech given by Frederick Douglass in Rochester, NY.

This section may speak to the latest short-sighted decision by the Supreme Court that is as ignorant about true religious liberty as those who supported the Fugitive Slave Law in the name of God and Country.

“In glaring violation of justice, in shameless disregard of the forms of administering law, in cunning arrangement to entrap the defenceless, and in diabolical intent, this Fugitive Slave Law stands alone in the annals of tyrannical legislation. I doubt if there be another nation on the globe, having the brass and the baseness to put such a law on the statute-book. If any man in this assembly thinks differently from me in this matter, and feels able to disprove my statements, I will gladly confront him at any suitable time and place he may select.

I take this law to be one of the grossest infringements of Christian Liberty, and, if the churches and ministers of our country were not stupidly blind, or most wickedly indifferent, they, too, would so regard it.”

 

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