Take this opportunity to listen to Joseph D'Souza's powerful message about caste in India, "the world's longest-lasting slave system," and the challenge facing the Christian church. This is a most worthwhile 8 1/2 minutes of your time! It is altogether informative, instructive and inspirational at the same time. I was powerfully moved. (HT: P. Dance)
D'Souza said there is more slavery in our world today than there was at the time of Wilberforce when he fought the transatlantic slave trade. 250 million people are considered the outcastes of Indian society. I found it fascinating, and horrifying, that a "creation myth" is the root of the stratification of Indian society. The myth says that God created human beings in a hierarchy of purity and impurity. 25% of India’s population has no rights, is dehumanized, segregated, and silently endures an apartheid system. But there are great signs of hope. If you haven't yet listened to the video posted above, take the time now to do so.