10 Quotes That Used Religion To Support The Wrong Side Of History

Wrong Side of History

If these 10 historical quotes sound irrational, bigoted, and unspeakable today, imagine how people in the decades ahead will look back on us, in light of the oppression that is currently taking place, using “religious freedom” as justification.


“If we prove that domestic slavery is, in the general, a natural and necessary institution, we remove the greatest stumbling block to belief in the Bible; for whilst texts, detached and torn from their context, may be found for any other purpose, none can be found that even militates against slavery.

The distorted and forced construction of certain passages, for this purpose, by abolitionists, if employed as a common rule of construction, would reduce the Bible to a mere allegory, to be interpreted to suit every vicious taste and wicked purpose.”

George Fitzhugh, Cannibals All! Or Slaves without Masters (Richmond, VA, 1857)

“The worst foes of the black race are those who have intermeddled on their behalf. We know better than others that every attribute of their character fits them for dependence and servitude.

By nature the most affectionate and loyal of all races beneath the sun, they are also the most helpless; and no calamity can befall them greater than the loss of that protection they enjoy under this patriarchal system.”Minister Benjamin Morgan Palmer, Thanksgiving Sermon, First Presbyterian Church (New Orleans, 1860)

Women’s right to vote

“Yes, I am opposed to Woman Suffrage, believing as I do that it is unscriptural, injurious to women, hurtful to men, damaging to children, unfriendly to the home and harmful to the State. At best it is an unnecessary and dangerous experiment and in the South it is especially undesirable in view of the race question, which it would surely complicate further.” Warren A. Candler, Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church South (1919)

“We invite your attention to the dangers which at present seem to threaten the female character with wide-spread and permanent injury…when she assumes the place and tone of man as a public reformer, our care and protection of her seem unnecessary; we put ourselves in self-defence against her; she yields the power which God has given her for protection, and her character becomes unnatural. If the vine, whose strength and beauty is to lean upon the trellis-work and half conceal its clusters, thinks to assume the independence and the overshadowing nature of the elm, it will not only cease to bear fruit, but fall in shame and dishonor into the dust.

We cannot, therefore, but regret the mistaken conduct of those who encourage females to bear an obtrusive and ostentatious part in measures of reform, and countenance any of that sex who so far forget themselves as to itinerate in the character of public lecturers and teachers.” Massachusetts Congregationalist Clergy (August 1837)

“The husband and wife are one person in law; that is, the very being or legal existence of the woman is suspended during the marriage or at least is incorprated and consolidated into that of the husband; under whose wing, protection and cover, she performs every thing.”Judge William Blackstone


“All orthodox, Bible-believing Christians agree on one thing; and that is, that whatever the Bible says is so…In recent years there has been a subtle, Satanic effort to undermine people’s faith in the Bible; and the devil has elf the race along until men have put their own opinion above the Word of God.

You will find that practically all the troubles we are having today have come out of the fact that men in many instances have ceased to believe in an authoritative Bible…God Almighty did not make of the human race one race in the sense that He did not fix the bounds of their habitation. That is perfectly clear.

It is no accident that most Chinese are in China…Well, away back yonder our forefathers went over to Africa and brought the colored people back and sold them into slavery. That was wrong. But God overruled…Wherever we have the races mixed up in large numbers, we have trouble. They have trouble in New York.

They have trouble in San Francisco. They have had trouble all over California…Do not let these religious liberals blowing their bubbles of nothing over your head get you upset and disturbed. Let’s get back to the Word of God and be sensible…”  Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., Easter Sunday (April 17, 1960)

“There is a conspiracy afoot to destroy the South. The members of this conspiracy are of various backgrounds. Their basic aim, knowingly or unknowingly, is to destroy the social and cultural life of the South and the white race by amalgamation of the races.

Component elements of this conspiracy to destroy the South are the Communist Party, the NAACP, the United Nations, the National Council of Churches, the leadership in many denominations of the Christian Church, elements of the TV networks, elements of the movie industry, a number of leading magazines with nationwide circulation, elements in the Republican and Democratic Parties, and, to a large extent, the Press … Large foundations reportedly are putting large sums of money into the integration program all over the country.

Many others are pushing integration: The YMCA, religious liberals, various dubbed dogooders, etc., and many sincere and good ministers of the Gospel. They have succumbed to and been traduced by the integration propaganda of the Communist Party, the NAACP, and various liberal and unorthodox theologians bleating their shibboleths of ‘Justice’ and ‘Freedom.’

In the interest of their unnatural religious and social philosophy, they are working to destroy the races that God has created, crying ‘oneworld brotherhood’ and ‘racial equality,’ neither of which conceptions have any substantiation whatsoever in the Scripture or in the study of mankind anthropology, psychology, etc.

… The Supreme Court has violated, in my opinion, … the Constitution which they have sworn to uphold, and they should be impeached. Strong sentiment is arising all over our nation to restrict the Court; but when you have such a Court as the one we have now, the only practical remedy is to kick them out and put new men in … This conspiracy to effect the submersion of the white race under a Negro society must not prevail.

We are forced to take a stand.” Rev. James P. Dees, Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Conspiracy Is Afoot to Destroy the Social and Cultural Life of the South, The Southern Conservative (Statesville, North Carolina, 1958?)

Interracial Marriage

“Yes, the Bible is a discriminating Book, both as to race and creed. Beware of the cliche “no discrimination.” Unless, of course, you want to join hands with international schemers in destroying the Christian heritage which guarantees your freedom.

The race of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph now the kindred AngloSaxonCeltic Christian peoples of the United States, the British Company of Nations, and Western Europe cannot commit to other races the supreme place which God has assigned to that race alone.

The exalted position of the Bible’s Covenant Race carries with it worldwide moral and spiritual responsibilities, which no other race has the Godgiven ability to perform. This Divine commission demands of us the spirit of humility and love.”C.R. Dickey, The Bible and Segregation, 1958

“[S]uch laws [banning interracial marriage] have been in effect in this country since before our national independence and in this state since our first legislative session. They have never been declared unconstitutional by any court in the land although frequently they have been under attack. It is difficult to see why such laws, valid when enacted and constitutionally enforceable in this state for nearly one hundred years and elsewhere for a much longer period of time, are now unconstitutional under the same constitution.”Perez v. Lippold, 198 P.2d at 35 (Shenk, J. dissenting)

“In reply to inquiries regarding the advisability of intermarriage between Christian young people of the white and black races, I will say that in my earlier experience this question was brought before me, and the light given me of the Lord was that this step should not be taken; for it is sure to create controversy and confusion. I have always had the same counsel to give. No encouragement to marriages of this character should be given among our people. Let the colored brother enter into marriage with a colored sister who is worthy, one who loves God, and keeps His commandments. Let the white sister who contemplates uniting in marriage with the colored brother refuse to take this step, for the Lord is not leading in this direction.”Ellen G. White, Selected Messages, Book 2, pg, 344


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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