Posts Tagged ‘Anti-Slavery’

Alexander McLeod’s stand against slavery

February 8, 2012

Alexander McLeod (1774-1833)

In the fall of 1800, a call was made on Mr. McLeod to the pastoral charge of the united congregations of the city of New York, and Coldenham, in Orange county, in the same State. Mr. McLeod demurred, on the plea that there were slaveholders among the subscribers to the call. He urged this fact as reason for rejecting the call. The Presbytery now having this subject regularly brought before them, determined at once to purge our section of the church of the great evil of slavery. They enacted that no slaveholder should be allowed the communion of the church. Thus, at Mr. McLeod’s suggestion, the subject was acted upon, even before he became a member of Presbytery, and this inhuman and demoralizing practice was purged from our connection. It is true, it only required to be mentioned, and be regularly brought before the Court. There was no dissenting voice in condemning the nefarious traffic in human flesh. From that period forward, none either practising or abetting slavery in any shape, has been found on the records of our ecclesiastical connection. [Source : Wylie, Samuel Brown, D.D., Memoir of Alexander McLeod, D.D., New York (New York: Charles Scribner, 145 Nassau Street, 1855), page 51.]

The anti-racism of the American Covenanters

January 11, 2012

When addressing the Belfast Anti-Slavery Society in September 1840, a man by the name of Captain Stewart pointed out that the Covenanters were the only “Protestant” communion in the United States who did not practice the heresy of racial segregation in their churches:

[…] In the city of New York, a person who has one drop of Negro blood in his veins would not be admitted as a free sitter into any of the churches except the Covenanter, the Quaker, and Roman Catholic Churches. […]

Ulster Times, 10 Sep. 1840.

Disclaimer: obviously we do not condone Romanism or Quakerism, but the fact that they were worse than Papists or Fanatics says little for the orthodoxy of so-called Protestant churches.