Monday, February 26, 2007

"Amazing Grace"

Tigerhawk reviews the movie about an ex-slaver and a young British MP who together campaigned to outlaw slavery in the British Empire. It is the history behind the hymn, "Amazing Grace". Click "Read More" to see the trailer.


Blogger Ari Tai said...

BBC Radio 4 has a wonderful "In Our Time" segment on Wilberforce. Unfortunately, there appear to be issues with making it downloadable. So be sure to listen between now and this Thursday.

2/26/2007 06:43:00 PM  
Blogger Pierre Legrand said...

And it took another 200 years to abolish slavery in nations that we find ourselves allied to these days. And yet some among us insist that they are just around the corner to building democratic republics.

Muslims have been children asleep for the last 500 years

2/26/2007 09:44:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

The Global Slave Trade Today and Faith-Based Action to End It
David Batstone, author of Not for Sale:

The Return of the Global Slave Trade – and How We Can Fight It
David Batstone exposes the fact that the global slave trade has returned in our time – with a vengeance. His conservative estimate: 27 million people are held as slaves in the contemporary world!

He discusses the commercial interests that profit from it, and describes the capture of slaves for forced labor, and for sex and prostitution. Most are women and children. Escape is almost impossible because they are usually trafficked to another country, their passports are taken away, and their families are sometimes threatened.

This contemporary slavery is found in the United States and Canada, as well as the rest of the world.
Batstone then lays out many faith-based efforts to end slavery in the world today, including efforts to get houses of worship to declare themselves “abolitionist,” and to offer sanctuary to those who have been trafficked.
A complete list of organizations can be found at:

2/27/2007 01:37:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Eric Metaxas, author of Amazing Grace on Interfaith Radio

mp3 at Feedburner

2/27/2007 01:46:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

A History Of The English Speaking Peoples Since 1900
British historian Andrew Roberts has a magnificent new book out, and will join me for the whole of today's show to discuss it.

The book can be ordered from Amazon here. It really is extraordinary, and deserves a wide audience.

UPDATE: President Bush is hosting Roberts at the White House this week. Newsweek's Evan Thomas reviews the book is here.

2/27/2007 02:08:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

There are more people in slavery today than in Wilberforce's time!
Another strange factoid from Andrew Roberts:
1 person in 73 in the USA is in prison.(Hard to believe)

1 person in 450 in Iraq!
Catch and release, indeed.

Roberts thinks that is a revealing number, regarding the tractability of the problem.
I agree.

2/27/2007 02:13:00 AM  
Blogger Habu1 said...

O/T..sometimes you get to feel very right. I have been calling Islam an ideology for over three years. I am not alone. The are at least two of us ...hurray!!!
An offer from the highly esteemed American Thinker:

February 26, 2007
Islamism is the new totalitarianism
Herbert E. Meyer
One of the most striking features of our age -- and one of the most disturbing -- is that we argue before we understand. And of all the subjects over which we argue, none is more important to our survival than the war.

Whatever your views of how the Bush administration is waging this war, surely we can all agree that neither the President nor his top officials has adequately articulated the true nature of our adversary.

In this essay essay in Human Events, Vasko Kohlmayer, an occasional AT contributor, provides a stunningly insightful explanation that ought to be required reading in Washington and in other capitals. Kohlmayer describes Islamism is the successor to fascism and communism -- an ideology rather than a religion, but one that like its predecessors uses the techniques of a religion to impose its will.

"Like communism and fascism, radical Islam is intrinsically utopian in that if offers itself as the answer to all great problems of man. This feat is to be accomplished by eliminating the root cause from which all human trouble ultimately derives -- the lack of true faith."
It's a brilliant essay. Read it all -- twice.

The referenced piece:
Islam,an Ideology

2/27/2007 04:01:00 AM  
Blogger Habu1 said...

If one subscribes to the theory that Islam is an ideology, similar in nature to most previous utopian ideologied, ie communism, then we have answered the question of who is the enemy. This question has seemed to vex the best and brightest in DC, but for purely political reasons, not logic.

Now that the enemy has been identified we apply the necessary balm to cure it's ills. Mainly it's destruction, totally.
We had to resort to George Kennans's "Long telegran " advice about "containment of the Soviets because they had the hydrogen bomb.
So far Islan does not, but time is short.
Destroy their total infrastructue from the air. Force then back into tents and leave then destitute. Take their oilfields. It is total war against a menace as great as we have ever faced......but joyfullu they do not have the "bomb', YET. Why allow then to acquire it?

Islam's Ideology

2/27/2007 04:29:00 AM  
Blogger PossumTater said...

The last thread "Easier Said than Done" ....

Why don't we do more "Done" and less Say'in"

2/27/2007 05:52:00 AM  
Blogger Evan said...

Several articles have noted that the article underplays Wilberforce's Christianity as a motivation. The director has said that he wanted to depict it as a triumph of politics.

2/27/2007 07:12:00 AM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

Habu1, I'm loath to dispute an article proffered by a former Juggie but I'm getting sorta tired of folks standing around waiting for the leadership in this country to make everything suddenly clear. Yup, it's Bush's fault that he didn't tell me that I'm at war, I sure would've known what to do if he had just told me that I was in the middle of a fight. This is like when I was in the Marine Corps, the Marine Corps never taught me how to independently gather information that I needed! I was taught to stand around until someone made some time to tell me in detail what was going on. Horses**t.

2/27/2007 12:42:00 PM  
Blogger The Wobbly Guy said...

Mike-The problem is that not enough people in the US are willing to do that info collecting themselves.

So Habu wants Shrub and Co to do it, since the masses are too laidback about the whole issue.

Problem is, Shrub might not believe the same thing, as well as a significant minority(or majority) of the voting electorate.

2/27/2007 04:21:00 PM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

Wobbly, your point is well taken but the populace should be trained so the folks in charge can concentrate on the problem, not be forced to talk about it.

2/27/2007 05:54:00 PM  

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