Well, fc, religious people of good conscience have argued on both sides of the slavery/abolition issue. I think the fact that no major religion outlawed slavery from the getgo is one of the reasons I don't think religions come from any god. There have been times in the US when the proper Christian perspective was very pro-slavery because, the argument went, the slaves would be converted to Christianity and their souls would be saved, even if their bodies and minds were destroyed.
If you read the letters and speeches of the Confederate leadership, it is all about how African slavery is ordained by god and the bible. That viewpoint was shared by a big segment of the US population, not just a handful of fringe nutjobs. The anti-slavery folks, like the Quakers, were considered the fringe nutjobs of their day.
If Christians were universally anti-slavery from the time of Jesus, it's hard to imagine why it ever caught on in Europe and the Americas, and why it lasted for so many centuries. If everyone was against it, why did it take until the 1800's for widespread abolition of the trade, and even longer for actual emancipation of the enslaved people? The bible offers plenty of support for slavery and was used to justify it in many countries for centuries. That is not a condemnation of the bible or of religion. It is just a fact.
If you want to think I hate religious people in general or Christians in particular, you are going to be disappointed. I can disagree with people without hating them. Most of my relatives, friends, neighbors, work colleagues and students are religious. I hate none of them. I am annoyed by some of them for various (generally non-religious) reasons, but that is very far from hatred.
I attend religious services whenever someone invites me--in the past few years I have been to various Christian, Muslim and Sikh houses of worship. I lived with Muslims, Catholics and Buddhists in other countries. I have recently given money to several Christian students to help them go on their mission trips. I arranged for a priest who works with street kids to speak to packed crowds at the college where I teach-- and still get regular emails from his organization updating me on their work. I am the faculty adviser for a Muslim student group. I financially help to support numerous families and individuals in need, both here in the US and overseas. All of them are quite religious people. I have never judged anyone or criticized them for their beliefs.
I would challenge you to find any evidence of religious hatred in my life.
I am not going to go through the bible and find all those anti-woman quotes-- I read them and heard them every day as a kid. Someone else here can do that. Are you saying that those passages are not in the bible and I made them up? Or that they are there, but I am taking them out of context?