John Newton was a captain of slave ships even after finding God, not becoming an abolitionist until 34 years after retiring from that job. For both men you're talking about people in the 1700s. Their work ended slavery in Britain, but Britain remained the largest player in the Atlantic slave trade. Slavery didn't end in America until 1865 and elsewhere in the Christian world until 1888.
Both the Old and New Testaments are full of directives in favor of slavery. Christianity is a few decades ahead of the Islamic world in getting rid of it, but only a few decades.
As for racism, consider that when Mitt Romney was preaching in France, his church still taught that blacks were cursed and damned.
Certainly. I was going by stories in the papers like this one.
"Commanders were telling us that we were fighting in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, but they were not behaving like Christians," said Richard Okello, 19. "They were putting on rosaries and praying whenever they were planning a battle."
Still, while looking up the quote I found that the LRA leadership has been using a mix of Christianity, Islam and other religion. So I concede that the one point isn't entirely accurate.
The problem is that the violent Muslims are GOOD Muslims - following their prohet's words and actions faithfully.
The same can be said of Christians. You'll find much the same attitudes and commands towards other religions in both the Bible and the Koran.
150 years ago Biblical teachings were commonly used to justify slavery and racism. 50 years ago, they were commonly used to support racism and deny civil rights. 100 ago it was perfectly normal for Christian countries to invade and occupy the rest of the world - and yes, "spreading Christianity" was a major justification.
150 years ago Pope Pius IX fully supported and assisted kidnapping Jewish children so that they could be raised as Christians. In fact even the modern church still supports Pius IX's decision.
In the last century the Christian world had WWI, WWII, the holocaust and the nuking of two cities - with clerics and padres on BOTH the German and Allied sides assuring their respective troops that God thought it was peachy-keen.
Anti-Semitic Romanian Orthodox fascist movements in Romania, such as the Iron Guard and Lancieri, were responsible for involvement in the Holocaust, Bucharest pogrom, and political murders during the 1930s
In Europe there were pogroms by Christians against the Jews even *after* WWII. Meanwhile the British government bombed five ships and attacked another as part of a campaign to discourage post-war Jewish refugees from sailing to then British-controlled Palestine.
Nothing in the Islamic world compares to the holocaust - the deliberate targeting of one religion by a great many Christians from France to the Ukraine.
And yes, there's Christians in the middle-east too: The Sabra and Shatila refugee camp massacre by Christian Lebanese forces happened a couple decades ago.
In Uganda the Lord's Resistance Army, a guerrilla army engaged in an armed rebellion against the Ugandan government, has been accused of using child soldiers and committing numerous crimes against humanity; including massacres, abductions, mutilation, torture, rape, porters and sex slaves. It's led by Joseph Kony, who proclaims himself the spokesperson of God and a spirit medium, primarily of the Christian Holy Spirit. LRA fighters wear rosary beads and recite passages from the Bible before battle.
The two sides in Northern Ireland were divided largely on religious lines. Yes, politics and past wrongs were a major cause rather than religion, but the same goes in the Islamic world.
The most you can say is that the Islamic world is a few decades behind the west. And even then, without much accuracy:
Christian Science Monitor: The myth of Muslim support for terror. Polls show that Americans are more approving of "bombing and other attacks intentionally aimed at civilians than any major Muslim country except for Nigeria.
Tom Clancy's book "The Sum of All Fears" dealt with Arab nationalists trying to start a nuclear war between the US and Russia. For the movie the villains were changed to modern-day Nazis. The Arnold Schwarzenegger movie "Collateral Damage" had the villains changed from Arab terrorists to Columbian drug lords. (Stereotyping Germans and Columbians is acceptable.)
If you want honest responses, you need to make an argument in the first place.
The core of GooberedUp's point seems to be "It's been known for ages that a person "owns" the physical media but does not own the copyrighted content."
This is at most a shoddy half-truth.
While you can't go republishing the content, it's not at all established that you can't modify it, format-shift it, make or make personal backups of it. Even if that means breaking any DRM. Even the DMCA explicitly allows this - notwithstanding its preventing you from telling others how you broke the DRM.
And that's without getting into the ethics or legality of things like the key revocation system on Blu-Ray players - where the player you purchased suddenly doesn't play new content because someone else's player was hacked.
GooberedUp also claimed, "And if that work is video content, I get to dictate how you consume that content."
Again, wrong. Nothing in copyright law - explicit or implied - say that I can't transfer a DVD over to my tablet or my personal cloud service. I can't republish it - by selling copies or making that cloud service available to the public. I can't make money off it. But beyond that you have no say in what I do with it.
If GooberedUp had the integrity to be a bit more honest and a bit more accurate, he would have gotten a better response.
Another demonstration of the ridiculousness of Mills' scam: Do a Google image search on ["periodic table of" -elements]. ("periodic table of", excluding "elements")
You'll get countless results starting with "Periodic Table of Cars", "Periodic Table of Jazz", "Periodic Table of Swearing", "Periodic Table of the Internet" and "Periodic Table of Dessert."
Scroll down and you'll see a Periodic Table of pretty much anything and everything. And of course all of them being adapted from the same source material as Mills' adaptation - the Periodic Table of Elements - inevitably most look similar.