Pop quiz: Which of the following is NOT found in Levitical law?
A) Prohibition against planting multiple types of crops in the same field
B) Mandated death for disrespectful children
C) Mandated death for slavers and those who fund them
D) Prohibition against seeking those who practice wizardry and have familiar spirits
If you answered C, a death penalty for slavers… you would be correct. It’s not found in Leviticus.
Which isn’t to say that Leviticus has nothing to say about slavery. On the contrary, Leviticus 25 spends plenty of time detailing… well… how to do it:
Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.
Which, oddly, seems to be a piece of scripture missing from Family Research Council president Tony Perkins‘ Bible. You see, on his radio show Thursday, Perkins discussed the human trafficking bill that Republicans had slipped anti-abortion language into. The conversation, predictably, turned toward how we really just need more God in government, when a caller made a preposterous and counter-factual statement.