call to ban the
due to its association with slavery is akin to banning the Democrat Party's
, as both of those institutions were involved in the enslavement of Africans.
defended the right to own slaves, as the Party's founder, Andrew Jackson owned slaves.
Beginning in colonial times, approximately 350,000 African slaves were brought to America, growing to number nearly 4 million slaves prior to the Civil War.
Slaves were purchased at Muslim slave markets.
defended the right to own slaves, as its founder, Mohammed, owned slaves.
Beginning in 622 AD, the next 1,400 years saw approximately 180 million Africans enslaved in Islamic occupations.
Only by international pressure did Yemen and Saudi Arabia nominally end slavery in 1962, and as recently as 1980 for Mauritania, though some claim it continues unreported.
Prior to the Civil War
, the United States had
two major political parties
, who favored freedom of choice to own slaves;
, who were attempting to be a big tent party in order to stem the loss of members to the
On February 28, 1854, in Ripon, Wisconsin,
met for the first time. They then held their first State Convention in Jackson, Michigan on JULY 6, 1854.
This new political party took a stand
The name of this Party was "
efforts in Utah to
The chief plank of the
original Republican Party platform
"to prohibit ... those twin relics of barbarism: POLYGAMY AND SLAVERY."
America was divided geographically between:
Radical Republican North
- which said slavery is wrong, end it now. This included abolitionist societies, the Underground Railroad, anti-slavery preachers and, unfortunately, the fringe John Brown who took guns and killed slave owners.
Moderate Republican North
, which said slavery is wrong, but the country should transition out of it slowly over time.
, which cared less about the value of human life, being more interested in jobs, wages, economy and tax-tariff issues.
Moderate Democratic South
, which said slavery may be wrong, but the country has to live with it. Though personally against slavery, they believed the right to own slaves should be protected, just made rare and few, and treat slaves humanely.
Extreme Democratic South
, which said slavery is good and should be expanded into Western states. They tried to justify it by twisting Scriptures, citing that Abraham owned slaves but ignoring Jesus' teaching to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Extreme Democrat politicians
Speaker Howell Cobb and Senate President William King pushed through the
Fugitive Slave Act of 1850
, which put the slavery issue squarely in the face of the
whereas before it had become an out-of-sight and out-of-mind issue occurring on Southern plantations.
Fugitive Slave Law
imposed severe penalties on those who aided escaped slaves with food or shelter in their passage to freedom in Michigan or Canada.
It also made it a crime to interfere with the slave catchers' recovery of runaway slaves.
A person could be held criminally liable, fined $1,000 and imprisoned for six months if they failed to report a neighbor suspected of helping slaves.
Fugitive Slave Law
mandate intensified sectional animosity, provoking the Civil War by requiring citizens who are against slavery to violate their consciences and take part in it.
It was one thing for Northerners to be apathetic toward
enslaving people in the South, but it was quite another thing for them to be forced by
a federal mandate
to dip their hands in the blood of the crime and participate in enforcing slavery.
New lands were added to the United States:
827,987 square miles;
72,101 sq. mi.;
389,166 sq. mi.;
286,541 sq. mi.;
529,189 sq. mi.; and
29,670 sq. mi.
importation of slaves
into America was outlawed in
, the question arose, should slavery be extended to these new lands coming into the Union?
Futile attempts were made to reconcile the tensions with "
The Missouri Compromise of 1820
" and "
The Compromise of 1850
Congress made the situation worse in
Democratic Sen. Stephen Douglas' Kansas-Nebraska Bill
, which let inhabitants in those territories have the freedom of choice to decide if they wanted to own slaves.
It prescribed "dividing the land into two territories,
Kansas and Nebraska
, and leaving the question of slavery to be decided by the settlers."
Instead of gradually diminishing, as many founders had hoped, slavery was now expanding.
On March 6.
the Supreme Court, with 7
of the 9 justices being Democrats
, rendered the
Dred Scott decision
Hoping to settle the slavery issue once and for all, their efforts to avoid a civil war began one.
was a slave who had been taken by his master to Illinois and Wisconsin, but, as he was not allowed to learn to read, he was unaware that those territories forbade slavery.
When he returned to Missouri,
sued for freedom with the help of abolitionist friends, such as Henry Blow, a Republican congressman whose wife started the first kindergarten in the United States.
Supreme Court Chief Justice
Roger Taney, appointed by Democrat President Jackson
, rendered the decision that
was not a citizen, but property that belonged to his owner, writing that slaves were:
"... so far inferior ... that the Negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for their own benefit."
Leaders rose up in churches, media and politics.
Republican President Lincoln
said, March 17, 1865:
"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally."
Some states defied the federal government's Fugitive Slave Law mandate
by passing "personal liberty laws," effectively nullifying it.
Communities insisted on jury trials before alleged fugitive slaves could be taken away by federal authorities. Some juries refused to convict those indicted.
Other communities forbade local law enforcement officials from using their jails to hold the accused.
President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation under questionable Constitutional authority.
The issues was settled by passage of the
, officially ending slavery.
Every Republican in the House (86) and Senate (30) voted for it
, joined by a few Democrats in the Senate (4) and House (15).
The Tuskegee Institute recorded that between 1882 and 1968 there were 3,446 Blacks lynched.
In addition, there were 1,297 whites lynched, many of whom were white "radical" Republicans who had gone down to the South to register freed Blacks to vote,
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"to prohibit ... those twin relics of barbarism: POLYGAMY and SLAVERY" -Republican Party Platform, 1856
Anti-Bigamy/Polygamy Act of 1862
Those attempting to redefine marriage were denounced by
Republican President Ulysses S. Grant
, December 4, 1871:
"In Utah there still remains a remnant of barbarism, repugnant to civilization, to decency, and to the laws of the United States ...
Neither polygamy nor any other violation of existing statutes will be permitted ...
They will not be permitted to violate the laws under the cloak of religion."
On December 7, 1875,
"In nearly every annual message ... I have called attention to the... scandalous condition of affairs existing in the Territory of Utah, and have asked for definite legislation to correct it ...
... That polygamy should exist in
a free, enlightened, and Christian country
, without the power to punish so flagrant a crime against decency and morality, seems preposterous ...
As an institution polygamy should be banished from the land ...
I deem of vital importance to ... drive out licensed immorality, such as polygamy
and the importation of women for illegitimate purposes."
Republican President Rutherford B. Hayes
stated, December 1, 1879:
Polygamy is condemned as a crime by the laws of all civilized communities
throughout the world."
stated December 6, 1880:
The SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE and the FAMILY relation are the cornerstone of our American society and civilization."
Republican President James Garfield
stated March 4, 1881:
"The Mormon Church not only offends the moral sense of manhood by sanctioning polygamy, but prevents the administration of justice through ordinary instrumentalities of law.
In my judgment it is the duty of Congress, while respecting to the uttermost the conscientious convictions and religious scruples of every citizen, to prohibit within its jurisdiction all criminal practices, especially of that class which destroy the family relations and endanger social order."
Republican President Chester Arthur
stated, December 6, 1881:
"For many years the Executive ... has urged the necessity of stringent legislation for the suppression of polygamy ... this odious crime, so revolting to the moral and religious sense of Christendom."
Supreme Court Chief Justice Morrison Waite
, appointed by Republican Ulysses S. Grant, rendered the
Murphy v. Ramsey,
"Every person who has a husband or wife living ... and marries another ... is guilty of polygamy, and shall be punished...
No legislation can be supposed more wholesome and necessary in the founding of a free, self-governing commonwealth ... than that which seeks to establish it on the basis of the idea of THE FAMILY,
as consisting in and springing from
the union for life of ONE MAN and ONE WOMAN in the holy estate of matrimony
of all that is stable and noble in our civilization;
the best guaranty of that reverent morality which is the source of all beneficent progress in social and political improvement."
Preserving natural marriage
one man and one woman precludes Islam
, which embraces polygamy, harems, sex-slavery, "mut-ah"-temporary wives for pleasure, and child brides.
The comprehensive annotated
John Quincy Adams-A Bibliography
, compiled by Lynn H. Parsons (Westport, CT, 1993, p. 41, entry #194, Essay on Turks, 1827):
"Mohammed poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex, and the allowance of polygamy."
St. Thomas Aquinas
Summa contra Gentiles
"Mohammed ... seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh goads us ... and he gave free reign to carnal pleasure. In all this, as is not unexpected, he was obeyed by carnal men."
The (Nile) River War
"In Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men."
Republican President Theodore Roosevelt
stated to Congress, January 30, 1905:
"The institution of MARRIAGE is, of course, at the very foundation of our social organization, and all influences that affect that institution are of vital concern to the people of the whole country."
With the call to ban symbols of past slavery, from the
, it may well be worth remembering
the original plank of the Republican Party
"to prohibit ... those twin relics of barbarism: POLYGAMY and SLAVERY."