Sex trafficking and Christian culture

May 23, 2012 | 8 a.m.

Western culture effects how people perceive human slavery

Culture | Dana Morrison

Sex trafficking and Christian culture

A Christian background influenced by Western secularism changes how we perceive women. | Courtesy of Red Thread Movement

In a hot and stuffy room in 1776, representatives from the 13 colonies gathered together to sign the Declaration of Independence.  In the Declaration was the statement that “all men are created equal”.  Although it was a limiting statement meaning only white landowning men at the time, the idea that equality is a right granted to all people is an ideal Americans are proud of.  The founding fathers were nearly all Christians and the Declaration documented the equality of man under God unlike any other document.

Christianity is the most practiced religion in the world today with nearly 32 percent of the world identifying themselves as Christians.  Most developed Western nations claim Christianity as their national religion and were founded on the basis of Christianity.  

Although within the United States there is a separation of church and state, religion still affects political life and decisions.  Being that the United States was founded on Christian values, those undertones still permeate in politics today, mainly the point that all men are created equal.

Whereas in many other nations throughout the world the religion and culture are wedded together and often inseparable, the same is not true for most Western nations. In Western civilizations, religion and culture are usually separated. Although America was founded on a Christian foundation, the culture of the United States has evolved over time becoming more secular.  This is due in part to the infancy of our nation.  

Our traditions are not deeply rooted in century-old practices, but rather our American culture is defined by a conglomeration of many separate cultures throughout the world.  America’s infancy and Christian foundation, which emphasizes equality among all people through our creator, means that the culture is better able to adapt to new ideas because we do not have to combat thousands of years of tradition.

The westernized worldview ultimately affects our views on human trafficking.  Although the culture is not all Christian, we have a Christian foundation to our culture.  Because of that foundation, we believe in the dignity and individual freedom of all humans. Even though that certainly does not stop human trafficking from occurring in the United States, most Americans are appalled by the idea of human trafficking because they see it as an injustice, the denial of basic human rights.

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