As we all know, the Religious Right does what the Bible says. At least, as long as it fits their political agenda, anyway. That’s why a few lines in Leviticus about homosexuality translates to gay people not having equal rights or protection from discrimination. And God explaining how he intended Jeremiah to be a prophet before he was even born justifies denying women reproductive choice. And, of course, Jesus’ words to his disciples about buying swords even if they had to sell their cloaks to do so settles the debate on gun control forever.
But not every verse can be stretched and distorted to mean whatever the Right wants it to mean. As it happens, there are a couple of passages that are so at odds with that worldview that it seems like they got edited out of conservative Christianity’s Bible.
If you follow politics in the U.S., you may have noticed that there are some familiar entries on that list.
Starting with the verses about being kind to strangers who dwell in your lands.