Originally Posted by upsideguy
I'm not trying to be offensive here so please take this in the vain it is intended.
Just for the record the Christian perspective was often used to justify discrimination based on race and interracial relationships.
Loving v. Virginia, referring to the trial Judge's opinion uphold the discriminatory law which the SCOTUS overturned:
"He stated in an opinion that:
Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And, but for the interference with his arrangement, there would be no cause for such marriage. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.
Bob Jones University v. United States (which included the merged case of Goldsboro Christian Schools, Inc. v. United States):
"The sponsors of the University genuinely believe that the Bible forbids interracial dating and marriage. To effectuate these views, Negroes were completely excluded until 1971. From 1971 to May, 1975, the University accepted no applications from unmarried Negroes, [n5] but did accept applications from Negroes married within their race.
"Since its incorporation in 1963, Goldsboro Christian Schools has maintained a racially discriminatory admissions policy based upon its interpretation of the Bible. [n6] Goldsboro has for the most part accepted only Caucasians. On occasion, however, the school has accepted children from racially mixed marriages in which one of the parents is Caucasian."
We look back on it now 2-3 generations later and understand that their Biblical interpretations do not warrant discrimination, but the fact is many in the past did believe it was permissible to discriminate because they believed it was Biblical.