Religious apologies for slavery support not uncommon
Highlights of apologies that religious denominations have issued for their historical involvement in the slave trade or failure
to do more to end slavery:
The Southern Baptist Convention, 1995: "... we lament and repudiate historic acts of evil such as slavery from which we
continue to reap a bitter harvest."
Presbyterian Church, 2001: "Confesses the corporate guilt the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) shares for the evils of slavery
and requests forgiveness from God and from all God's children whose lives have been damaged by these sins."
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 2001: The church "failed to work or speak against the institution of slavery in the
United States, a wicked apathy which permitted and resulted in untold suffering among the African people kidnapped by evil
people and 'sold' to Americans to labor without compensation and often subjected to inhuman persecutions by their white
The Church of England, February: The church voted to apologize to the descendants of slaves "in the light of our involvement
in the Slave Trade and of the Christian demands of repentance and sorrow."
Source: AP Research.
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