Arkansas State Rep: ‘If Slavery Were So God-Awful, Why Didn’t Jesus Or Paul Condemn It?’

Here we go again, another certified nut, and its no surprise that he’s a politician. 

This is a case of someone having zero understanding of why Jesus came, but plows ahead anyway using Jesus (and Paul) to justify his crazy ideas. He just doesn’t get that Jesus didn’t come to change the wrongs he saw within the culture he was born into: which included slavery. Sure, he could have led a crusade (or revolt) against the evils he saw being committed, but he didn’t. Why not?…because that was not his purpose, (God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved – John 3:17). Jesus knew, and wants us to understand that real change can only be brought about within a culture when change first occurs within the hearts of man. 


After Arkansas Republicans disavowed a book by state representative Jon Hubbard (R-AR) claiming slavery was “a blessing in disguise” for African Americans, Hubbard’s colleague, state Rep. Loy Mauch (R-AR) has been outed by the Arkansas Times for his pro-slavery, pro-Confederacy letters to the editor over the past decade. Mauch’s run for reelection this year is backed by the Arkansas Republican Party.

In letters to the Democrat-Gazette, Mauch vehemently defended slavery and repeatedly suggested Jesus condoned it:

If slavery were so God-awful, why didn’t Jesus or Paul condemn it, why was it in the Constitution and why wasn’t there a war before 1861? The South has always stood by the Constitution and limited government. When one attacks the Confederate Battle Flag, he is certainly denouncing these principles of government as well as Christianity.

His other letters call Abraham Lincoln a Marxist and celebrate the Confederate flag as “a symbol of Christian liberty vs. the new world order.” He also organized a conference in 2004 praising John Wilkes Booth and calling for the removal of an Abraham Lincoln statue. Mauch has been supported mainly by contributions from the Republican Party and other Arkansas candidates. Now, the state GOP is pulling all funds from Mauch, Hubbard and another state legislative candidate, Charlie Fuqua, who wants to expel all Muslims from the country and thinks rebellious children should receive the death penalty.

Though the party committee has cut them off, the three candidates are still receiving support from other Arkansas politicians, including U.S. Reps Steve Womack (R) and Tim Griffin (R). Mauch has also been endorsed by the National Rifle Association and the Arkansas Right to Life PAC.

Think Progress

8 comments on “Arkansas State Rep: ‘If Slavery Were So God-Awful, Why Didn’t Jesus Or Paul Condemn It?’

  1. Jesus did not speak directly against pedophilia or homosexuality or bigamy either. The reality TV show called “Swamp People” is alive in some political quarters. Paul’s advise to slaves was not an endorsement of slavery but advise as how to win your masters to Christ. That in and of itself should reveal God’s priorities.

  2. Hey if the US constitution was so important why was it not in the bible? U can go on and on with that reasoning!

  3. From Wikepedia:
    “Mauch believes, among other things, that Abraham Lincoln should not be honored in Arkansas and that the Confederate flag is a symbol of Jesus Christ and biblical government. Mauch is a supporter of the Tea Party movement. Mauch is a prolific writer of letters to the editor to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette . In these letters he compared Abraham Lincoln and Northern generals to Nazis, war criminals and communists and wrote that slavery couldn’t have been that bad because “Jesus and Paul never condemned it”.

    The South shall rise again! He’s probably a deacon in his “church”.

    • ahaha…you’re probably right about him being a deacon in his church.

      I just don’t understand how these people get elected in the first place.

  4. A classic example of a biblically and historically ignorant man.

  5. I agree with Gordon. The whole of the scripture argues against slavery. But some, like the unbelieving Jews of Jesus day, read the scripture without the benefit of the understanding of the Spirit. They read the scripture like a text book attempting to follow every letter to the letter, employing much private interpretation, and they never even begin to grasp the underlying message. And the Jesus they serve is a different Jesus than the One who died for the sins of whole world on the cross. Their Jesus is a Jesus of their own making, a Jesus made in their own image, not the Jesus who is God incarnate. Their Jesus is only concerned that everyone be forced to follow the rules, not that hearts be turned from sin and turned to Him and His love. Without the guidence of the Spirit of God and the historical Church, the scriptures can only bring confusion and themselves often become a tool for manipulation in the hands of unredeemed men who falsely lay claim to Jesus’ name.

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