|Bertrand, 3rd Earl Russell|
Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS [I leave it to you to make of those letters what you want. My suggestions are to puerile to publish.] is quoted as having written:
You will find as you look around the world that every single bit of progress toward the diminution of war, every step toward the better treatment of the colored races, or every mitigation of slavery, every moral progress that there has ever been in the world, has consistently been opposed by the organized churches of the world.
One might ask Lord Russell how much the aristocracy has done to oppose war, racism, and slavery, but that would be beside the point. Lord Russell was a logician, and as such he could easily observe that the aristocracy was instituted to advance the interests of its members at the expense of everyone else. Presumably, Lord Russell only criticizes the Church for failing to live up to its ideals while the earls and dukes have faithfully adhered to their mission.
Reader: I thought this was about Saint Patrick?
Major: I'm getting there. Be patient.
Reader: Shamrocks and snakes, man! When are you getting to Saint Patrick?
If Andrews and Wilberforce (and their allies in the clergy) did not stick in Lord Russell's expansive mind, then American clergy like Henry Ward Beecher, Theodore Weld, and Charles Finney must have also escaped his notice. The fact that the core of the American abolition movement was organized in seminaries and churches -- notably Congregational, Presbyterian, and Quaker, with some Methodist and Baptists -- just didn't seem to stick. In fact, --
Reader: I've gotta go, man. Maybe next year, you can write about --
Major: No, wait! He comes the tie-in, the takeaway, the payoff, the big point.
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