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 Post subject: Man Who Wrote 'Amazing Grace' was Slave Trader
PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2005 10:14 pm 
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REV. John Newton, circa 1765

John Newton of Liverpool served on and captained several slave ships in the mid-18th century. A devout Christian who read prayers twice a day to his crews, Newton wrote the hymn How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds while still trading in slaves. He would later write Amazing Grace.Courtesy of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England

I imagine this could also go in the RELIGION forum, since John Newton was a REVERAND as well as a slave trader.

I'll never hear the song Amazing Grace again without thinking of the horrible way the composer of that song made his living. :evil:

Link: http://www.mariner.org/captivepassage/m ... 05-03.html

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wow...nice catherine....good post.

praise the lord and pass the slaves...amen.

i thank god every day i'm an athiest.


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Thanks, mga...I'd bet my next pension check that if this good Rev was alive today, he'd be a Fristian Fundamentalist in full support of the Bush Republicans.

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We're all just un-Patriotic un-American "mud-people lovers"...

It's sad that there are people out there who still believe that.

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