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    #16
    Child slavery was never truly approved by God. This was always something forced by man, and man alone. God's intention and design was, after all, for children to be free and to ultimately inherit the kingdom of God. For such belongs to these little ones.....

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      #17
      I wasn't aware of this before this post to be honest. I think the problem with this is that, can it really be considered child slavery? It is easy for us over here in European countries to argue that these children should have an education and should be in school and not working in factories. But for them and their families, a few dollars that we consider to be extremely low could actually be massive for them. It could be the difference between having a decent enough meal and starving. Like said above, there is nothing stopping them from leaving and stopping work therefore it cannot be really considered as slavery. I do however feel like more could be done to improve the conditions and give these children more rights because right now they are being taken advantage of.

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        #18
        Don't let your love of Hershey cloud your judgement, the children on these plantations are locked up at night, not allowed to leave, and not paid for their work....that's slavery. Oh yeah, and they have probably never tasted chocolate.

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          #19
          Originally posted by dcpastor View Post
          I learned something disturbing a few weeks ago about Hershey that I thought I should share with others. I spent a few days at the Hershey Lodge over Christmas and while I was there I learned that someone filed a lawsuit against Hershey, Mars, and Nestle because they profit of of child slavery in West Africa, here’s that story:
          Lawsuit: Your Candy Bar Was Made By Child Slaves

          It turns out this case was dismissed in 2016 because the judges found it to be an ethical issue but not one that legally required the companies to disclose they were using child slaves on their packaging. But, more interesting to me, is that in 2001 the U.S. Congress worked on a bill to add labels to candy packaging that said something to the effect that child slavery was not used on their product. That bill passed the house but, after some successful lobbying it was never voted on in the senate. Instead, an agreement was made between a few lawmakers and the cocoa industry to bring an end to the problem. And 15 years later it isn’t any better, more about that here:

          Harkin–Engel Protocol - Wikipedia

          I won’t be buying any Hersey products any more…I'm going to miss my Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
          I think we have a president in office today that will be very interested in this fact. We should contact the white house and let him know. The more that do the more chances we have of him finding this out. I don't presume he would know.
          If possible, email us! This is the fastest way to get your message to President Trump.


          Your Reese cups weren't that good in the first place. The chocolate Hershey's uses is paraffin wax. Paraffin is derived from crude oil.You'll find paraffin wax in craft stores in the candle making section. It looks there like white marble glass. Click image for larger version

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            #20
            Don't just boycott heresey's but every store that refuses to stop selling their products.

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              #21
              Originally posted by Innerfire89 View Post
              Don't just boycott heresey's but every store that refuses to stop selling their products.
              Remember the holdings Hershey has. Labels! Hershey, Mars, and Nestle!

              Remember that this story began at least five years ago.

              August 5, 2017 Affinity Magazine Your Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Was Made By Child Slaves


              Don't just stop buying, write Hershey's and tell them that. And why. Hershey's is a stock company also. Eat that bottom line and they may change their mind about how they make their profits and chocolates.
              They are also on Twitter.

              CONTACT US - email & phone


              Sadly Hershey's brands aren't the only one's! Godiva! Pure chocolate the way it should be, and the company uses child slaves. I don't care how rich they are, how do the board members, CEO's, live with themselves knowing this? 7 Famous Brands That Use Child Slaves To Make Your Chocolate

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                #22
                Reese’s, Kit Kat, M&M’s, MilkyWay and Butterfinger.
                I checked this out yesterday evening. Although the USA, the UN, and others object, Hershey marches on. I won't make much difference since my wife and I don't buy candy. But our entire family is going to be told about this. Let your Christian assembly know, as well.

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                  #23
                  I don't like the fact that Hershey is using child slavery in their products. I'm against it period. As Christians we can see the immorality of it. Volunteer child labor for a poor family, in a poor country, is ok as long as the hours are not long and the work not difficult. Also the child must be free to leave at will.

                  Now the point, I think William trying to Make it, can liberals argue against it?

                  They can say they don't like it, or agree with it, but from there they have no recourse.

                  Our moral standard as Christians, is child abuse is wrong. But we stand on God's moral standard. Liberals atheist, have no moral standard that is greater than themselves. They believe moral standards are personal choice. They also believe, you set standards based on the decisions of the society.

                  So if the society in the African country believe child slavery is moral by their standard, who is the liberal in the United States to change it? Did the liberals become God? I believe they think so. They don't want Christians telling them how to live their lives. We think bla bla bla is ok, and we don't care what your non existent God says! Ok, in some areas of the world they think forced child labor and slavery is ok. So don't steal our Christian morality and impose it on them Mr Atheist. If your morals are strictly society based, then you have to honor the moral codes of other societies.



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                    #24
                    Originally posted by William View Post
                    Just curious, does anyone read Philemon in the New Testament
                    That question is worded in a funny way, like you might be expecting that it is on the "Don't read that" list for some folks. I guess Luther felt this way about James, for a while at least.

                    But since Philemon was a runaway slave that Paul was sending back to his master, it does have bearing on this discussion.

                    Actually, it would be interesting to know if anyone had parts of scripture they avoided reading, but that's a topic for another thread.

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                    • Eric T.
                      Eric T. commented
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                      Oops, I was remembering it incorrectly. It was Onesimus who was the returning slave and Philemon that was his master.

                    #25
                    Originally posted by dcpastor View Post
                    I learned something disturbing a few weeks ago about Hershey that I thought I should share with others. I spent a few days at the Hershey Lodge over Christmas and while I was there I learned that someone filed a lawsuit against Hershey, Mars, and Nestle because they profit of of child slavery in West Africa, here’s that story:
                    Lawsuit: Your Candy Bar Was Made By Child Slaves

                    It turns out this case was dismissed in 2016 because the judges found it to be an ethical issue but not one that legally required the companies to disclose they were using child slaves on their packaging. But, more interesting to me, is that in 2001 the U.S. Congress worked on a bill to add labels to candy packaging that said something to the effect that child slavery was not used on their product. That bill passed the house but, after some successful lobbying it was never voted on in the senate. Instead, an agreement was made between a few lawmakers and the cocoa industry to bring an end to the problem. And 15 years later it isn’t any better, more about that here:

                    Harkin–Engel Protocol - Wikipedia

                    I won’t be buying any Hersey products any more…I'm going to miss my Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
                    WOW! I never knew that. I am a stickler for boycotting companies that offend God. I have sold Avon up until recently. Well, I would only sell the skin care and such , because of my strict adherence to scripture I did not sell the makeup and certain fragrances and certain jewelry which promoted pagan ideology. But recently, they have been pushing Illuminati symbolism and homosexuality , so I stop supporting them all together. I am now considering a company called 'Aloette' have any woman here heard of it?

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                      #26
                      Originally posted by dcpastor View Post
                      I learned something disturbing a few weeks ago about Hershey that I thought I should share with others. I spent a few days at the Hershey Lodge over Christmas and while I was there I learned that someone filed a lawsuit against Hershey, Mars, and Nestle because they profit of of child slavery in West Africa, here’s that story:
                      Lawsuit: Your Candy Bar Was Made By Child Slaves

                      It turns out this case was dismissed in 2016 because the judges found it to be an ethical issue but not one that legally required the companies to disclose they were using child slaves on their packaging. But, more interesting to me, is that in 2001 the U.S. Congress worked on a bill to add labels to candy packaging that said something to the effect that child slavery was not used on their product. That bill passed the house but, after some successful lobbying it was never voted on in the senate. Instead, an agreement was made between a few lawmakers and the cocoa industry to bring an end to the problem. And 15 years later it isn’t any better, more about that here:

                      Harkin–Engel Protocol - Wikipedia

                      I won’t be buying any Hersey products any more…I'm going to miss my Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
                      This is not usual at all. For instance the SUBARU automobile manufacturer company sends out parts in different places where families assembly wire harnesses, and other parts. These poor families use the children as well, These people get very poor pay for what they do.

                      This was on a documentary on public TV a few years ago. Also most all wire harnesses for trucks and cars sold in the US comes from Mexico, do we think these people get paid fairly?

                      We may not like it, hate it, but for some poeple if they did not have this income they wolkd have none, Its not right, but what can YOU do?

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                        #27
                        Here is an article I found that was updated on Dec 6, 2017, so it is fairly current. Seems slow progress is being made. We can encourage this progress by purchasing Fair Trade chocolate. See the end of the article for links to some companies that use Fair Trade chocolate.

                        Is There Child Labor In Your Chocolate? | HuffPost

                        Also, Fair Trade Certified

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                          #28
                          The Bible does address slavery, likle you William have refered us to in Philemon, Paul had him go back to his owner. Elsewhere masters are told how to treat the slaves as brothers.

                          If people in other countries did not have salves these people might not have any income, protection from the sun, rain, or elements, some have houses instead of dirt huts.

                          I am not saying slavery is good, just better than nothing. AS a side note Paul said we Christians are "slaves" for Jesus Christ, and that's got to make us think about our relationship to Jesus Christ.

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                            #29
                            I get what Paul says about slavery, I get what the whole bible says OT & NT. Slavery is a condition implemented by man. Man has and will always do this in some form. It is to mans benefit when he treats another like a brother. Some have it more in their capacity to serve than be served and this is a gift.
                            I understand this well from being of Ethiopian descent. I know scripture does not imply a racism, but in a capacity sense. Man should respect his brother no matter what his station. God is good and His words- true.

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