America should not give tax relief and exemptions to religious organization that teach racism or promote ideas that one group is superior and one group is inferior. Churches that encourage racism as its core beliefs should not receive tax dollars or exemption for any of its programs. The Bible Belt, the area of the country, which serves challenging populations, depends upon the Bible to educate themselves and children on belief systems accepted by God. In order to stop racism and oppression it is necessary to get to the source and root cause of these behaviors. The Bible Belt is racist because the Bible tells them that the man of color is cursed and deserves to be cursed. Anti gay beliefs are strong in the Bible Belt, because most suggests that the Bible, through Paul, encourages hatred and mistreatment of gay people. The question is, should the rest of the country pay for churches to preach, teach and have the rights to hate others validated by scripture. If scripture does this, then scripture is wrong, and taxpayers should not support wrong thought and behavior.

Get rid of racism now. Appalachia is not smarter than the minorities in America. Appalachia is not smarter than the peoples of color in America. Appalachia is not smarter than the Caribbean, Indians, Africans, Chinese, Korean, Middle Eastern, Hebrews, Japanese, South American, Central American, South Eastern Asian groups born and living in America. It is time to end this idea of superiority and inferiority in the population of America. This idea of inferiority is deeply wired in the belief systems of the poor and the religious. There is a supported belief that God cursed the sons of Noah for a varied of unclear comprehensible reasons. Racism in the bible belt of America influences the country and the world. During the 1920’s almost 9 million African Americans left their homes and history of oppression and abuse and migrated to other states in the union. The North benefited from this influx of this seasoned labor force and prospered. Blacks went to better schools, worked better paying jobs and made a better life for themselves and demonstrated that freedom from ignorance and oppression could would and did benefit the nation. Today the African American stands as a symbol to a world where 75% of its population is peoples of color, that America is the land of opportunity and experience of success. The world comes to America for its transformation powers and its rags and oppression, to riches and justice.

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The Curse of Ham (also called the curse of Canaan) refers to a story in the Book of Genesis 9:20-27 in which Ham‘s father Noah places a curse upon Ham’s son Canaan, after Ham “saw the nakedness of his father,” because of Noah’s drunkenness in the tent, “and told his two brethren without”.

Some Biblical scholars see the story as an early Hebrew rationalization for Israel‘s conquest and enslavement of the Canaanites, who were presumed to descend from Canaan.[1]

The “curse of Ham” interpretation of Noah’s curse has been used by some members of Abrahamic religions to justify racism and the enslavement of people of Black African ancestry, who were believed to be descendants of Ham.[2][3] They were often called Hamites and were believed to have descended through Canaan or his older brothers. Proponents of slavery in the United States increasingly invoked the “curse of Ham” in the US during the 19th century, as a response to the growing abolitionist movement.[4]

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Genesis 9:20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.
24 ¶ And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Noah curses Ham by Gustave Dore

The story in Genesis is actually about Canaan, and the Torah assigns no racial characteristics or rankings to Ham since the stories are about peoples of color living on a continent and area of color, early Jewish writers turned the focus of their attention from Canaan to Ham and interpreted the Biblical narrative in a racial way. The Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 108b states: “Our Rabbis taught: Three copulated in the ark, and they were all punished—the dog, the raven, and Ham. The dog was doomed to be tied, the raven expectorates [his seed into his mate’s mouth], and Ham was smitten in his skin.” {Talmud Bavli, Sanhedrin 108b} The nature of Ham’s “smitten” skin is unexplained, but later commentaries described this as a darkening of skin. A later note to the text states that the “smitten” skin referred to the blackness of descendants, and a later comment by rabbis in the Bereshit Rabbah asserts that Ham himself emerged from the ark black-skinned.[5][6] Abraham ibn Ezra, disagrees with Rashi: “And the meaning of ‘[Cursed be Canaan, he will be a slave] unto his brothers’ is to Cush, Egypt, and Put [only], for they are his father’s [other] sons. And there are those who say that the Cushim [black skinned people] are slaves because Noah cursed Ham [the father of Cush], but they forget that the first king after the flood [Nimrod] was a descendant of Cush, and so it is written, ‘And the beginning of his kingdom was Babylonia.’[10]” I.e. since Nimrod was descended from Cush, and Nimrod was king, this proves the Cushites, i.e. black skinned people, cannot be under Canaan’s curse of slavery.

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Early and Early Modern Christian interpretations

Many pre-modern Christian sources discuss the curse of Ham in connection with race and slavery:

“Mar Ephrem the Syrian said: “When Noah awoke and was told what Canaan did. . .Noah said, ‘Cursed be Canaan and may God make his face black,’ and immediately the face of Canaan changed; so did of his father Ham, and their white faces became black and dark and their color changed.” Paul de Lagarde, Materialien zur Kritik und Geschichte des Pentateuchs (Leipzig, 1867), part II

 

In the Middle Ages, European scholars of the Bible picked up on the idea of viewing the “sons of Ham” or Hamites as cursed, possibly “blackened” by their sins. The justification of slavery itself through the sins of Ham was well suited to the ideological interests of the elite; with the emergence of the slave trade, its racialized version justified the exploitation of a ready supply of African labour. This interpretation of Scripture was never adopted by the African Coptic Churches.

 

After the death of Joseph Smith, Jr., Brigham Young, the church’s second president, taught that people of African ancestry were under the curse of Ham, although the day would come when the curse would be nullified through the saving powers of Jesus Christ.[16] In addition, based on his interpretation of the Book of Abraham, Young believed that as a result of this curse Negroes were banned from the Mormon Priesthood,[17] but in 1978 Spencer W. Kimball received a revelation that extended the Priesthood to all worthy males.[18]

Islamic interpretations

The Curse of Ham is not mentioned in the Qur’an

References

  1. ^ Donald E. Gowan, Genesis 1-11: Eden to Babel, Wm. B. Eerdmans, ISBN 0802803377, p.110-15
  2. ^ Daly, John Patrick When Slavery Was Called Freedom: Evangelicalism, Proslavery, and the Causes of the Civil War (Religion in the South The University Press of Kentucky (31 Oct 2004) ISBN 978-0813190938 p.37
  3. ^ Taslitz, Andrew E. Reconstructing the Fourth Amendment: a history of search and seizure, 1789-1868 New York University Press (15 Oct 2006) ISBN 978-0814782637 p.99
  4. ^ Sylvester A. Johnson (2004). The myth of Ham in nineteenth-century American Christianity: race, heathens, and the people of God. Macmillan. p. 37. ISBN9781403965622. http://books.google.com/?id=I2zy8zuyPf4C&pg=PA37&dq=Cursed+Ham+nineteenth+century&cd=2#v=onepage&q=Cursed%20Ham%20nineteenth%20century
  5. ^ Solors, Werner, Neither Black nor White Yet Both: Thematic Explorations of Interracial Literature, 1997, Oxford University Press, p. 87
  6. ^ The Midrash: The Bereshith or Genesis Rabba

America takes her religion seriously, and believes that anything written in the Bible is the direct undisputed voice of God, so if the Bible curses black people, then they are justified in also treating blacks as inferior.

If our sacred books are teaching and encouraging racial hatred, then it is time for the children of Abraham to put down the Torah, the Bible and the Koran and just look and talk to each other. America is made of a variety of people from the four corners of the earth with different histories and cultural beliefs. America is great because she represents God’s world with all of its beauty and diversity, and America must accept that some of those stories of the past may do more harm than good to the fabric of the society. Suggesting that there is a need for better researchers and teachers to review the message and benefits of sacred literature as a historical guide to the challenges of man on his way to humanity.

 

 

 

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