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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.