McConaughey on the Christian Roots of Justice

Not long after his summer blockbuster Free State of Jones came out, Matthew McConaughey explained to The Daily Beast that his character “had a moral code rooted in the Bible and the Declaration of Independence: Love thy neighbor as thyself, and all men are created equal.” He said:

“The abolition of slavery in the Civil War at this time, [was] almost all led by religious movements—Christian movements—that were trumping the ideals that everyone else had. They said, ‘No, this is not right—because of the Bible.’”

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