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Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell (left) shakes hands with the Rev. John Stott, NASA’s then-chaplain.
September 22nd, 2011
10:34 AM ET

Moon Bible goes on sale in auction

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

(CNN) - A rare Bible that's been to the moon and back will have a new owner Thursday night - the complete King James version, framed in gold leaf, is under the hammer at an auction house in New Hampshire.

But whoever takes it home won't be able to leaf through it. It's a piece of microfilm, with the text of 1,245 pages shrunken down to the size of a postage stamp.

"It's the whole King James (Bible) on there. It's really cool," says Bobby Livingston, vice president of sales and marketing at RR Auction, which is handling the sale.

The Bible was taken into space three times before it reached the lunar surface, he said - first on Apollo 12, when it was stored in the wrong part of the spaceship and orbited the moon, but didn't land on it, then on the ill-fated Apollo 13, which had an explosion on board that forced it to turn back, and finally on Apollo 14.

Lunar module pilot Edgar Mitchell brought 100 microfilmed copies of the Bible to the surface of the moon on February 5, 1971, Livingston said.

"Most of them were given away when they came back, or were cut into pieces as presentation pieces for dignitaries from the U.S. and from other states," Livingston explained. At least a dozen complete versions still exist.

Bringing a Bible to the moon had been a dream of a group of committed believers in the space program since the beginning of the Apollo mission efforts to reach the moon, said Carol Mersch, author of "The Apostles of Apollo."

"Through the centuries, explorers have carried the Bible across countries to far off lands, pushing the boundaries of exploration. It was not unnatural then that NASA chaplain John Stout and a group called The Apollo Prayer League would undertake a quest to see it carried to another celestial body," she said.

Apollo 1 astronaut Ed White wanted to bring the first Bible to the moon, but died in a fire on the launch pad, Mersch said.

"After his death, fellow astronauts and The Apollo Prayer League took up White's quest, so that, as Apollo 15 astronaut Jim Irwin said, 'those who came after would know that we came from a world of believers,'" Mersch told CNN.

The moon Bible now under the hammer went from Mitchell, the astronaut, to a "well-known space collector from Texas," Livingston said.

He expects it to go for about $50,000 by the time the auction closes at 7 p.m. ET Thursday.

At least one top Bible-collecting expert said he wasn't interested at that price.

Scott Carroll, the director of the Green Collection, one of the world's largest collections of ancient texts, called the moon Bible an "oddity."

"You could pick up a 13th-century Bible for that (price), so it's a tough call," he said.

It wouldn't make a good piece for museum display, he said, because it's so small.

"You gaze into it and say 'wow,' but you can't see anything," he said.

But there will be some people who want to buy it, either as an investment or out of personal interest, Carroll said.

"Of course people who may be people of faith that are interested in astronomy, in aerospace exploration, it would be of great interest," he said.

Several of the Apollo astronauts were just such men, RR Auction's Livingston said.

"What's really interesting about Mitchell is he said he had an epiphany looking out the window" of Apollo 14, Livingston said. "It's not just the death-defying part of it. They talk of the spirituality of the moment of being on the moon, the moment of standing on another planetary body."

Apollo 17 commander Gene Cernan, one of the last men to walk on the moon, put it starkly, Livingston said.

"He said to me, 'Bobby, I know infinity exists,'" Livingston recalls. The auctioneer asked how Cernan knew, and got a simple answer: "I've seen it."

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Bible • Science

soundoff (654 Responses)
  1. MaybeAgnosticMaybeNot

    Base on the comments by posted by Christians, it appears most Christians care more about being right than bringing people to Christ. You present your argument in a rude, arogant and self-righteous tone. How is that going to bring anyone closer to your Savior. Next time you "alleged" Christians posts something, ask your self if that will actually help save anyone's soul.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • Oh but...

      People need to know the truth whether they like it or not. Telling the truth is the deepest form of love. Villains hate truth anyway but Christians must never be silent.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • DarwinRocks

      So many Christians, so few lions.....

      September 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • think for yourself

      There is not any reason to believe that the bible is the truth. But at least you didn't capitalize the word "truth" like most of the other sheeplings.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • MaybeAgnosticMaybeNot

      Oh but... you have proven my point. By asuming you know the truth and only your truth is right, you have displayed your arrogance and self-righteousness, and claiming everyone else is wrong is quite rude.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • S p i c e d Mountains

      Maybe-, you hold relativism. Don't force your ideology on others.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Mallory

      "People need to know the truth whether they like it or not. Telling the truth is the deepest form of love. "

      The truth is you're clueless about Christs love and the true meaning of his teachings. You are not speaking his truth you are speaking yours which is why you can never save anyone's soul with such arrogance.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Matilda

      Mallory, up your ass with a burning see bass.

      September 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      the truth is that the bible offers ample evidence to its own discredit

      the proof is in its own words

      and its own words prove it to be false

      the truth is that people who believe in it after actually reading it and researching it are truly mentally unstable

      most christians are afraid to read the scriptures that prove that its full of lies and hate

      i know cuz i used to be one

      then i got over my fear and when i read the bible i was disgusted with how awful it really is

      i was disgusted to find that the whole thing about jesus coming back was a lie

      read the scripture and youll quickly see that jesus promised he would return almost 2000 years ago and no some later date

      if you think the bible meant something else then you might want to look up the scripture that says the bible is not to be interpreted

      and then go back and read the part where jesus on multiple occasions said hed return in the lifetime of his followers

      and then tell me you still believe in this filth

      September 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  2. arun christopher

    Strange to find some remarks that have crossed all the helms of decency, I am not against anyone being atheist or following any other faith, but the words used to describe The Lord and The Holy Bible by some readers only reflect their shortage of vocabulary and the power to convince by arguement. If this is what americans call freedom of speech than I think they need to be educated again and I am convinced that illiteracy writ large in USA.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • think for yourself

      Of course, we need to educate everyone to make sure they understand that all we need to do to prove our beliefs is capitalize a few words.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      That's because there is a shortage of Christians that can have a rational discussion. Apparently we're going to he11 for not believing in their fairy tale and that is all there is to it. The rest of it is all just responding to lunacy with various questions designed to point out the overarching silliness of it all.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      christians need to educate themselves in reality

      if you believe in a magical old sky man

      then you have no right to speak of education

      September 22, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  3. Observer

    S p i c e d Mountains,
    "Observer, there are 600 commands in the Bible. Israelites were not to abuse slaves in anyway"

    – Exodus 21:20-21 “If a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod and he dies at his hand, he shall be
    punished. If, however, he survives a day or two, no vengeance shall be taken; for he is his property”

    September 22, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • S p i c e d Mountains

      Because he had no intention of killing. It was not treated as homicide. But he was to free the slave and do a compensations if such thing ever happened.

      September 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • Observer

      NO VENGEANCE for whatever harm he does to a slave as long as he doesn't kill the slave.

      That may be your idea of morality, but few caring people feel that way.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • S p i c e d Mountains

      Observer, vengeance means execution. Study the Biblical text as well as the world history, please.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • think for yourself

      "Morality" is worshipping a god that is going to torture at least 70% of the Earth's population forever. In other words, worshipping an evil dictator.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Observer

      "vengeance means execution".

      Of course it does. After many centuries, all the biblical scholars are too ignorant to know that.

      It's a riot listening to Christians PRETEND that common words don't mean what everyone knows them to mean and that biblical scholars can't figure out what they actually meant and translated them wrong. Try again.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • GodPot

      "Israelites were not to abuse slaves in anyway"

      Right, it's Ok to keep a slave as long as you don't abuse him. Got it.

      Soooooo, what might you be doing later S p i c e d? Feel like coming over for dinner? Just don't feel to bad if you wake up after a night of hard drinking with a collar on...

      September 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      micah 5:15

      "I will take vengeance in anger and wrath upon the nations that have not obeyed me."

      god is an executioner

      because hes loving

      September 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      " When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl's owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT)"

      September 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  4. Jesus: "I'm gay"

    why else would I have spend so much time with 12 guys?

    September 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      You were on a jury?

      September 22, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • Fact

      How about NFL? Gays regard every man as gay. Sick.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Observer

      "Gays regard every man as gay. Sick.

      It's "sick" that you are so ignorant about gays.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      The NFL is gay? Always suspected that.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  5. Curt

    Atheists sure are a rude lot.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      Sho' 'nuf is! But we almost never kill or maim for our beliefs.

      September 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • Observer

      Curt,
      "Atheists sure are a rude lot."

      Yes, they can be. Now read some of Mathilda's comments.
      Of course, there's nothing wrong with telling people that they must do as you say or else they deserve to spend eternity burning in Hell.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • think for yourself

      No worries, hell is just a fairy tale created to scare the sheeplings and keep them in the pasture.

      Sounds a lot like "you better behave, or Santa will not give you any presents this year!"

      September 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • writingsomething

      @MarkinFL you've heard of Mao and Joseph Stalin and many others right? The fact that people who profess to be Christians as well as people who don't sin just proves we all need Jesus.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • Trevor

      No, athiest tend euhtanize their old, tend to promote abortion of unwanted pregnancies. Anyone can find a reason to kill or harm others and an athiest is just as likely to be killer or abuser or exploiter as someone who is religious.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • think for yourself

      It all is pale in comparison to your "loving" god. "He" is going to send 4.8 billion non Christians to burn forever. That puts Hitler, Stalin, the crusades, etc all to shame. Of course you didn't mention that Hitler and Stalin did not kill in the name of atheism, but that usually is left out by the other sheeplings. Oh well, even if you must include them, it still is nothing compared to the wrath of your "loving" god. Lucky for us, he is just pretend.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      Mathilda,
      Those freaks of nature that you mentioned were merely against religion because it competed for control over the population. They were not who they were because of atheism, they fought religion like they would fight any rival power. Just because two tyrants fight each other does not make either one of them right.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      trevor thanks for generalizing atheists just like christians like to do because christians are hypocrites all of them

      im an atheist and im against abortion and putting old people down

      you on the other hand would probably let someone die of cancer because you think praying is better than treatment

      September 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  6. S p i c e d Mountains

    Americans, know that in many parts of the world today people still die to get and read the Bible just like 400 years ago your ancestors did. The Bible is worth all the trouble. Atheists kill us for possessing it but the Bible is better than life. Thank you for all your work to preserving the freedom for access to the Bible. We READ it.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      That's the beauty and the wonder of this country. You can read what you want to and not read what you do not wish too. I once read the bible by mistake. Won't happen again, I can assure you.

      September 22, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • S p i c e d Mountains

      Markin, you are stupid. Retake the grade 8 literature class and read the Bible again.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • think for yourself

      Maybe the bible is better than YOUR life, but I'm sure many others would disagree. No make believe story is better than life, especially a story that condemns so many people for not being sheeplings.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      Sp icy, that was a great 5th grade response!

      September 22, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      ive never hurt anyone for owning a bible

      i just laugh at those that do and actually think it has some kind of meaning

      September 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  7. S p i c e d Mountains

    Not again. This is the reason God did not spare Moses' handwritten scrolls or the Ark of the Covenant or Jesus' clothing. People should read and study the NKJV Bible to live the God-intended life and not just possess it or adore it. The Bible is to be read and carried out.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • gager

      I carried my bible out to the trash can. Won't read that again.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  8. S p i c e d Mountains

    Secular Americans only think of money but the Christian Americans know how to appreciate the wonders of God in life and in the space above.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • Observer

      Check the news. It's mostly the rich, greedy, "moral majority", religious Republicans that want the rich to get richer and the poor to do without help.

      September 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • S p i c e d Mountains

      No, Observer, your problem is the refusal to use your brain and work hard. Laziness, you know.

      September 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Actually I think believing in god and praying for things instead of actually doing it const.itutes as not using your brain and not working hard and falls under the category of laziness.....

      September 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • Michael Kelly

      Not true at all. You don't need to believe in a god to believe in humanity. That is something the religious faithful will never understand.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • gager

      Secular Americans and secular people everywhere do not expect any god to take care of them. They do the right thing and work hard to do for themselves.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • Observer

      S p i c e d Mountains,
      "No, Observer, your problem is the refusal to use your brain and work hard. Laziness, you know."

      A recent poll/test showed that the average atheist and average agnostic know more about the Bible than the average Christian and had higher education.

      "Laziness, you know"

      September 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • Leafonthewind

      Secular Americans only think of money? Really? That's an unkind, unfair, even un-Christian comment.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Observer

      S p i c e d Mountains,

      "No, Observer, your problem is the refusal to use your brain and work hard.'

      Speaking of refusal to use your brain, please tell us about talking serpents, unicorns, men living in whales, the earth stopping still from turning 1,000 mph, and 600-year-old men building a ship big enough to hold hundreds of thousands of animals and months of food.

      Answer please.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • S p i c e d Mountains

      Observer, ??? What unicorn? Animals can communicate with humans if they were allowed to. There was really a man who survived inside a whale – a couple of days is possible. God can change the movement of stars and planets. Noah had only the species delegates and many meat-eating animals could have gone to the winter-sleep supernaturally to survive.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Observer

      S p i c e d Mountains,

      Not ONE piece of evidence in there. All wishful fantasy. Not one FACT that could be proved. Zero logic, just fiction.

      – Isaiah 34:7 “And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land
      shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.” [KJV]
      – Job 39:9-10 “Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? Canst thou bind the unicorn
      with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?”

      September 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      thats why most christians are broke

      September 22, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  9. S p i c e d Mountains

    Some astronauts were/are Christian and praised the Creator God from the space afar.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      Yeah, not all pilots were known for their deep thinking.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • Leafonthewind

      And some didn't. What's your point?

      September 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  10. Colin

    Why would an organization like NASA engage in an act promoting this odious Bronze Age mythology?

    September 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • Chuckles

      They need the money

      They really really need the money.

      Is it bad to take the money from the krazy kristian kult and put it towards science?

      I see no issues

      September 22, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • BS

      NASA doesn't own the item. Read the article.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • Leafonthewind

      More than 90% of the world's population believe in god. That has to include at least a few scientists, doesn't it? And isn't odious a rather strong word? I'm an atheist, but I see no need to insult people who choose to believe.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  11. *frank*

    They should have left it there.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  12. BR

    Cool because it went to the moon.

    Sad because ANYONE would think ANYTHING beyond our atmosphere would give a fig.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Dave

      More than 5 out of 6 people on THIS rock don't care about the bible, why would we want to take it to other rocks?

      September 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  13. caw

    Personally I don't believe anything religious until the god it suppose to represent explains it to me. I'm still waiting. I guess God is too busy making people starve and die of natural disasters to worry about creating peace.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • What....ever

      You can be certain that one day He will explain it to you. But it will be too late.

      September 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • Free

      Maybe you'll dream about it one night and have the same level of 'revelation' that many theologians claim(ed) to have had?

      September 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      Well, if god can't do it in time then he's not worth much as a god. Is he lazy or just slow?

      September 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • BS

      Whether God is real or not, your statement makes about as much sense as saying you'll believe in gravity only after you jump off a cliff and go splat.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • Leafonthewind

      @BS: "go splat" LMAO! Thanks! 🙂

      September 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  14. God

    Who cares where this work of fiction went? I get so damned angry with you people. Also, quit collecting money in my name. That's shameful.

    For the record, I'm Hindu. Yes, have an elephant head with 12 arms... but is that any more ridiculous than that story about my son becoming a zombie? Oh, and him turning water in wine? THAT WAS ALL ME BRO! And it wasn't Wine, it was Colt 45.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Ganesha

      Back off, beetch

      September 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • caw

      You're responsible for that vile Malt Liquor? Begone for you are indeed the devil.

      September 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • Epidi

      LOL, you just made my day, lol.

      September 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • I = rubber, U = glue

      My dad is also a miracle worker. He takes a couple gallons of water and turns it into wine.

      It just takes him a couple weeks and he may have to add fruit, sugar, and a couple secret miracle ingredients.

      September 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Free

      "Well the God I believe in isn't short of cash, mister!" U2, Bullet the Blue Sky

      September 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  15. todd

    I can think of lots of better things to spend 50 grand on, but heck, that's just me.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  16. S p i c e d Mountains

    Fact: Americans cannot reach the stars, not even to the moon again, since they have become immoral from 45 years ago.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • Observer

      "Fact"? Do you have a clue what the word "fact" means?

      September 22, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • Sarah Palin

      He's using my new definition of fact.

      September 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • hahaha

      Fact, we are and will be relying on atheist Russia and China for future missions

      September 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • J C

      Yes, that's right folks...you actually read that. We cannot travel to the moon because we are immoral...hahahahahahahhahahahahahhaaha

      September 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • S p i c e d Mountains

      China and Russia have more number of Christians than USA does.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • Free

      hahaha
      You might want to try chucking out those old televangelist tracts about the "Godless Russians." FYI Russia abandoned communism and widespread atheism back in the 90's.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      The new arms race! We have a Christian gap!

      September 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • Leafonthewind

      Do you mean to say that 46 years ago we were moral? Ha!

      September 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  17. hippypoet

    this i dumb! so a book went to the moon, yeah for it...how does this effect anyone is beyond me... but i can tell you that whoever bought it just wasted loads of money!

    September 22, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • JohnR

      Maybe not. As long as there is another nitwit out there willing to pay even more, they may have made a good investment.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Free

      Yes, and a golf ball was actually left there by Alan Shepard. Now, I like golf, but I hardly take this as evidence that golf is superior to all other games simply because an artifact made it off the planet.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  18. William Demuth

    Just curious.

    Based on my read, this is US Government property.

    Did I miss something.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • BS

      Yes, you missed the sentence where it says a guy in TX owns it.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  19. Anton LaVey

    I find it interesting the christians feeling the need to p ! $ $ on litter on everything in the name of their christ. Really, had to take the bible to the moon????

    September 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • Epidi

      I thought the Moon was Goddess territory...wow, is she gonna be PO'd!

      September 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      That's why we haven't been able to go back for so long. The moon goddess is finally calming down a bit now I hope.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  20. Observer

    @Observer,

    "#1 – differentiate man-slaughter and homicide in treating crimes. #2 – proper conduct at church. It's practically good if women shut up. #3 – There are a lot of others who were not allowed to approach God. This command protected Israel from having the detestable system of eunuchs."

    Did you read what the Bible said? It's okay to maim your slaves as long as you don't kill them. (It's in English so it shouldn't be a problem). What do eunuchs have to do with "a blind man, or a lame man, or he who has a disfigured face, or any deformed limb, or a man who has a broken foot or broken hand, or a hunchback or a dwarf, or one who has a defect in his eye or eczema or scabs"?

    Please read what was written before you pretend it didn't exist.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • S p i c e d Mountains

      Observer, there are 600 commands in the Bible. Israelites were not to abuse slaves in anyway. Slavery was a common economy practice of mankind all over the world until the Christian British and Christian Americans abolished it. Invalids were reserved from approaching the worship place therefore exempt from various duties. It also made Israel not to do any filthy things which other ancient civilizations are accustomed to such as having the court eunichs. Did you study any world history at all? Do you know why the conscience of the Western Civilization is called Judeo-Christian value, not just Christian?

      September 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • S p i c e d Mountains

      I mean, there are more than 1,600 commands both in OT and NT Testaments. You can't abuse anyone if you are a Jew or Christian.

      September 22, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • God

      You dorks are both wrong.

      September 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      Having a slave is abuse.

      September 22, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • S p i c e d Mountains

      Markin, so Christians freed them and are freeing them. What's your problem?

      September 22, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      I forgot that Christian interpretation of the bible changes over time and among different sects so that one set of Christians had to free slaves from another set of Christians. Very flexible book, the bible is.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • S p i c e d Mountains

      Markin, humans enslave fellow humans. That's the problem. The Christian missionaries tackled all kinds of barbarism and crimes all over the world and brought civility and freedom to everyone. Atheistic USA is the last frontier.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
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