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  •  St. Patrick was a slave. His families' lands (3+ / 0-)
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    (probably Wales) were attacked by Irish raiders and he was taken to Ireland to be a slave shepherd when he was about 16.  When he was 21 he escaped and made his way home.  His Christian family then sent him to Europe to train (as a priest?).  Then he went back to Ireland to convert the pagans, often at quite some danger to himself.

    It is likely that some of my forebear were enslaved in a similar manner.

    Not a Christian myself, but  I really like what that Jesus guy taught, I just do not care about whether he was the son of God or just a chill dude.

    ...Son, those Elephants always look out for themselves. If you happen to get a crumb or two from their policies, it's a complete coincidence. -Malharden's Dad

    by slowbutsure on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 03:29:03 PM PST

    •  They didn't have the same (3+ / 0-)
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      concept of "race."  One might be enslaved for any number of reasons, but enslavement for skin color, is, I think, a fairly recent,  Yurrupean invention.  

      "There ain't no sanity clause." Chico Marx

      by DJ Rix on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 04:07:40 PM PST

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      •  True, but life was pretty darn cheap in the (1+ / 0-)
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        400's.

        ...Son, those Elephants always look out for themselves. If you happen to get a crumb or two from their policies, it's a complete coincidence. -Malharden's Dad

        by slowbutsure on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 04:17:50 PM PST

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