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Outrage against slavery is hypocritical

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Submitted by Michael S. (United States), Oct 26, 2014 at 06:44

The British presumably outlawed slavery in 1807 (though is had actually been outlawed centuries earlier -- on paper). They outlawed it in many forms; but where it was economically expedient to keep slaves, as in the sugar plantations of Jamaica, it wasn't finally outlawed until 1834. Then the slaves were quickly replaced by indentured servants:

After the British Crown abolished slavery in 1834, the Jamaicans began working toward independence. As the island still had a strong agricultural economy, planters imported East Asians as indentured labourers for many years.
-- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Jamaica

The British were the barometer of Western "morality", so everyone else in the world was expected to follow their lead (as the U.S. of America did in 1863). Nine of this is what I would call a moral imperative against slavery; and the Bible endorses the practice in many places. It's hypocritical, therefore, for the Western World to get all agitated about the practice of slavery in Muslim countries.

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