I am posting this here instead of the spirituality forum because I feel it is something that all Black people should be aware of. The following is where our slavemasters learned their trade. Leviticus 25 25:44 And as for your male and female slaves whom you may have--from the nations that are around you, from them you may buy male and female slaves. 25:45 Moreover you may buy the children of the strangers who dwell among you, and their families who are with you, which they beget in your land; and they shall become your property. 25:46 And you may take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them as a possession; they shall be your permanent slaves. But regarding your brethren, the children of Israel, you shall not rule over one another with rigor. No brotha KemetKind it would not serve the message of African spirituality better if I stopped denigrating a faith based on a god who says things like this. This is part of the Mosaic Law which Jesus said he did not come to destroy but to fulfill. Once you start reading outside the carefully selected memory verses you will find that this is just one of many verses used to justify our enslavement Exodus 21 21:2 If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years; and in the seventh he shall go out free and pay nothing. 21:3 If he comes in by himself, he shall go out by himself; if he comes in married, then his wife shall go out with him. 21:4 If his master has given him a wife, and she has borne him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself. 21:5 But if the servant plainly says, 'I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,' 21:6 then his master shall bring him to the judges. He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever. Sistas, check out how this "god" says to treat sex slaves Exodus 21 21:7 "And if a man sells his daughter to be a female slave, she shall not go out as the male slaves do. 21:8 If she does not please her master, who has betrothed her to himself, then he shall let her be redeemed. He shall have no right to sell her to a foreign people, since he has dealt deceitfully with her. 21:9 And if he has betrothed her to his son, he shall deal with her according to the custom of daughters. 21:10 If he takes another wife, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, and her marriage rights. 21:11 And if he does not do these three for her, then she shall go out free, without paying money. Exodus 21 21:20 "And if a man beats his male or female servant with a rod, so that he dies under his hand, he shall surely be punished. 21:21 Notwithstanding, if he remains alive a day or two, he shall not be punished; for he is his property. "If he remains alive for a day or two?" When a Black man defends a faith like this I feel a major disconnect.