It wasn't a majority that the slaveholders decided to cite to rationalize their holding of slaves. In fact, quite the contrary, the plead states rights and tried to find every dodge to avoid the will of the majority on this subject. you know what they did cite? The Fucking Bible. God gave a whole shitload of rules rationalizing slaver, such as when it was okay to beat your slave, when it was okay to sell your daughter into slavery, and so on . As opposed to a religionist, who tries to pretend that all the bad shit they ever did wasn't their own fault. The Pope Collaborating with Hitler. Well, he had a good reason. Inquisitions, crusades, witch-burnings, torture of heretics, molesting altar boys, etc. Well, that's no reflection on God. The "NO True Scotsman Fallacy" applies.