kids in coal mines – the biblical justification

A few months ago, I posted something here about a special project that I was working on, a brochure demanding that children be allowed to work, and share in our “ownership society.” Well, over lunch today, I decided to pick it up again, and put some energy into it. And, I’ve got a draft of the text almost done. What I don’t have, and what I desperately need, though, is a biblical quote to give my argument credence. So, I’m asking for your help. If there are any Biblical scholars out there in the audience, drop me a line and let me know what, if anything, the Bible has to say in defense of child labor. (The brochure I’m working on, I should point out, is satire.)

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  1. Anonymatt
    Posted June 5, 2005 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    I’ll take a browse through Ken’s Guide to the Bible and see if it has anything. I’ll get back to you by tomorrow if no one else has found anything.

  2. mark
    Posted June 5, 2005 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Anonymat.

  3. mark
    Posted June 6, 2005 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been searching and I haven’t found anything yet… I know it’s a lot to ask, but I’d appreciate it if you’d call that super-religious aunt, or cross-wearing coworker… Would you do that for me?

  4. anonymatt
    Posted June 7, 2005 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    I forgot to look at Ken’s Guide on Sunday, I’ll try to get to it this week. Offhand I cannot think of anything specific to child labor. Selling your child into slavery, does that count?

  5. Ken
    Posted June 7, 2005 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    …and, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants…

    Nehemiah 5:5

  6. mark
    Posted June 7, 2005 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Is Nehemiah a real chapter in the Bible, or are you just trying to make a fool out of me?

  7. Ken
    Posted June 7, 2005 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    It is satire, right? Who cares if it’s real?

    I think it would be a stronger quote if you get rid of “to be servants”. You know, move those ellipses over a bit.

  8. mark
    Posted June 7, 2005 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    I was hoping for a real Bible verse, but I like the way you think, Ken. Thanks.

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