Published On: Mon, Jul 1st, 2013

Protestant church apologizes for slavery

curacao_churchWILLEMSTAD –  The United Protestant Church of Curaçao apologizes for slavery. This is according to the church representatives to the media. According to the Protestant church, slavery has been for centuries a widely accepted phenomenon in Curaçao society. “But from historical sources and historical research we know that during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries many slaves have had to live and work in appalling conditions. Also on our island Curaçao,” explains the Protestant congregation in a letter drafted by the Central Consistory. “The then Protestant church did not take any action against this situation. With the knowledge and insights that they had at the time, keeping slaves was even regarded as biblical and it was therefore legitimized. Slaves were considered as objects rather than as full people. And there were many Protestants who were slaves, "admits the church.

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