Commensurate with the Bible and religion being used by leaders to bring harm and death to the Native People, the colonizers were also introducing enslaved Africans to this new land to work it for the wealth and abundance of its conquerors. Leaving a trail of millions of Africans who drowned at sea or died on the way to the new land, the conqueror/colonizers (again with religious leadership) concocted an atrocious lie (made up from twisting the Bible) that they called “the curse of Ham.” The first intentional error and lie (to justify racism and slavery) was to call it the “curse of Ham” instead of the “curse of Canaan” as is clearly in the Bible. Canaan was one of the sons of Ham. Africans do not descend from Canaan. They descend from Cush, Egypt and Phut. To justify brutish, violent and skin-pigment based slavery, colonizers and American leadership (political and religious) decided that a curse was on Ham; and the curse was black pigment; and all the descendants of Ham should be treated, in the horrific way that they were treated. Then to complement this harm and brutish treatment to fellow human beings, colonizers and American leadership harped on the Bible verse of “Slaves be obedient to your Masters.” Revered theologians and preachers, such as George Whitefield, John Davenport, Evera Styles, and Jonathan Edwards, endorsed and taught this evil theology that Africans were cursed and therefore inferior to justify inhumane slavery; and so that their equally, unbiblical scheme would be achieved: America, The Kingdom of God on the Earth, would achieve economic and social wealth from the backs of the African slave. Even, Post-Civil War and Post-Emancipation Proclamation, Christians conjoined with politicians continued to misuse religion and the Bible to impose Jim Crow laws and all sorts of unjust and unfair laws based on disadvantaging those who had darker pigmentation. Again, the Bible is used to cause harm and death.
Today, some Christians still support the unequal and unjust enforcement of law and do so by misusing Romans 13 — (case-in-point, Jeff Session’s biblical pronouncement on national news). These Christians intentionally ignore unjust police abuse and killing of unarmed black children, women, and men. They intentionally ignore the unequal punishment for the same crimes — punishing those who are Native American, Hispanic and African American more severely than White people.
In June 2018, the Bible is used to justify the enforcement of law that now harms family and children. A law that is unfairly applied primarily to undocumented people from Hispanic, Muslim, Caribbean and African countries while the 650,000-undocumented people from Europe remain virtually untouched and unaffected by the “law.” According to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
Quoting the Bible to do harm extends beyond its historical treatment of Native People, Immigrants, and Brown/Black People – biblical verses are misused and twisted to oppress by other races, nationalities, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, and other differences.
Quoting the Bible, to advocate the enforcement of law, to do HARM is an age-old practice in the United States and it MUST stop.