Some people get carried away with the literal workings of the holy bible. One such extremist is Cathedral Bible College President Dr. Wayne Miller. It seems that he's leading this South Carolina bible college in taking advantage of foreign students, forcing them into slavery. Police have just arrested Dr. Miller after a federal investigation.
You might expect his defense to be "The devil made me do it." But Miller's taken a more academic approach. He blames the "good book" justifying his actions with bible passages from the new and old testaments, accepting slavery.
Somehow, that just doesn't sound too "Christian" to me.
Certainly the practices of the bible have got to be tempered with a sense of modern morality and translation. Remember, the old and the new testaments were NOT written by God. They were written by men, (sorry ladies...). Mere mortal men and these stories and legends are just that -- hand-me-down anecdotes or as Bill Maher is wont to say, "fairy tales." Belief in them is fine, but literal translations must be tempered with reality and common sense.
So back to South Carolina and Cathedral Bible College. Here's some interesting tidbits to consider. For instance, the background of its president. From Raw Story:
Miller was arrested in 2006 on charges of lewdness and prostitution after he exposed himself to an undercover officer in a bathhouse at Myrtle Beach State Park. Records indicated that Miller participated in a pre-trial intervention program, allowing his record to be expunged.
Maybe President Miller has rehabilitated himself. If so, good for him. Or did he just trade his sexual violations for human rights violations?
Then there's his true purpose at the school. Was it bible education? Picking up chicks? Dudes? Or was it something quite different -- yet still nefarious and evil? What was Miller doing to these students?
Students told investigators that classes at the school “were not real,” and that the real purpose of the school was to force them to work over the maximum of 20 hours per week that federal law allows for student visas. The students alleged that Miller often forced them to live in substandard conditions without hot water, heat or air-conditioning.
The complaints said that students worked over 50 hours a week, and often received no pay, even though some had been promised $100 a week. Several students said that they were paid $50 a week for 40 hours of work or more.
Who was profiting from all of this? It certainly wasn't the kids who came for a Christian and bible-based education. Doesn't it make you pause and wonder what else might be going on in this country under the cloak of right-wing evangelicals? Funny how they're the first one's to accuse states of possibly approving Sharia Law, but hold up King James when justifying their actions. Slavery seems much more in keeping with Sharia beliefs than Christian.
Hopefully this situation gets straightened out soon. But it does make me question the real ethics of the bible-thumping world. I think everyone should have the right to believe or not to believe in whatever they wish. But when it infringes on human decency, I have to ask questions.