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23/06/2015 12:13 BST | Updated 23/06/2015 12:59 BST

Mike Huckabee Solves America's Centuries-Old Problem Of Racism -- 'Convert To God'

Former Arkansas governor and Republican 2016 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee solved America’s centuries–old problem of racism on Tuesday. After the deadly shooting in Charleston last week in which nine African-Americans were killed in an historic church by a suspected white supremacist, Huckabee demanded the country stop talking about race and instead turn to God.

Speaking on Fox News, the former pastor applauded the decision of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to remove the confederate flag from the statehouse, which many decry as an emblem of slavery and segregation, however said recriminations about race were unproductive.

“I keep hearing people saying we need more conversations about race,” Huckabee noted. “Actually we don’t need more conversations. What we need is conversions because the reconciliations that changes people is not a racial reconciliation, it’s a spiritual reconciliation when people are reconciled to God.”

The former pastor added: “When I love God and I know that God created other people regardless of their color as much as He made me, I don’t have a problem with racism. It’s solved!”

With that in mind, here are some passages from the Bible to help America heal:

Leviticus 25:44

  • Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.

Exodus 21:20-21

  • Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result, but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property.

Ephesians 6:5

  • Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.

And finally this touching scene in which God orders the ancient Hebrews to engage in genocide against other tribes:

Deuteronomy 7:2-3

  • And when the Lord thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor show mercy unto them. Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.

And here's a blog that says the Bible has often been twisted and misused to justify racist acts, and argues that Scripture makes a strong case against racism and for racial equality.

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