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Deuteronomy 24:17-21

You shall not deprive a resident alien or an orphan of justice; you shall not take a widow’s garment in pledge. Remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there; therefore I command you to do this.

When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be left for the alien, the orphan, and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all your undertakings. When you beat your olive trees, do not strip what is left; it shall be for the alien, the orphan, and the widow.

When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, do not glean what is left; it shall be for the alien, the orphan, and the widow.

  • Otrame

    Ah, the welfare state.  And in the Bible too.

  • Lori

    Geez Fred, there you go again. Quoting part of the Old Testament that isn’t about hating on the the gays. You know that’s out of bounds. All this stuff about gleaning and strangers was part of the ceremonial law (because I said so, that’s why) and Jesus did away with all that. 

    Not only did he do away with all the non-gay hating parts of the old law, Jesus said there would always be poor people. And that was absolutely a prescriptive, not descriptive statement. That means we should ignore all this welfare crap and carry on kissing  up and kicking down. Right? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charity-Brighton/100002974813787 Charity Brighton

    I’m surprised and impressed that God had the foresight* to tell the people of Israel to be nice to ET.

    (*Question — is it really foresight if you know everything that will happen?)

  • Marshall Pease

    Not only is it not about hating gays, it isn’t about how old the Earth is or whether Adam and Eve were real people, either.

  • http://twitter.com/shutsumon Becka Sutton

    Well I’m sure he knew he created ET and that contact was inevitable… ;-D

  • Anonymous

    Very, very related, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/14/alabama-immigration-law-families-trapped

  • Matri

    Depressingly, this comes as no surprise to any sane person who first heard about the law. Most of us have even predicted this exact outcome.

    I recall typing out this prediction here, too.

  • Anonymous

    “Jesus said there would always be poor people.”

    And the christian right will do its best to fulfill this

  • Matri

    “Jesus said there would always be poor people.”

    Jesus talked a whole lot about poor people. “What you do for the least of them, you did for me” and all that.

    Gee, I wonder what he meant by that. [/deadpansnarker]

  • Bibliotrope

    Today’s message from Occupy Torah.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-McGraw/100001988854074 Patrick McGraw

    Note that under the new Alabama immigration law, providing aid like transportation, food, clothes, or shelter to undocumented immigrants is a crime. Many of the law’s supporters identify as Christians, while supporting a law that CRIMINALIZES what Jesus instructed people to do. I think Paul had a term for such Christians.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Note that under the new Alabama immigration law, providing aid like
    transportation, food, clothes, or shelter to undocumented immigrants is a
    crime.

    *jaw drops*

    Surely you’re joking. DX

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-McGraw/100001988854074 Patrick McGraw

    I was to God that I was. Enforcement of these parts of HB 56 are currently blocked by the courts, by Governor Robert Bentley has vowed to make sure the entire law is stringently enforced, and lots of legal cases are currently in process over this law.

  • Pat Griffin

    Obviously it isn’t talking about illegal aliens. This is talking about vacationers who flew here from Europe. Justice for illegal aliens is busting them for breaking the law against being illegal.

  • Anonymous

    …These Alabama lawmakers, they graduated from high school, yes? Presumably they had to take a history course. They do remember the fugitive slave act, right?  They must, since they’re resurrecting it. Are they aware they’re metaphorically declaring themselves slaveowners, or are they honestly that deaf to the implications?

    Or in summery, Jesus Christ, WTF Alabama. Didn’t we agree the slave laws were not copacetic?  Over a hundred years ago?

  • Amaryllis

    There are words like Freedom

    Sweet and wonderful to say. 

    On my heart-strings freedom sings 

    All day everyday. 

    There are words like Liberty

    That almost make me cry. 

    If you had known what I knew 

    You would know why.

    - Langston Hughes, “Refugee in America”

  • Aaron

    Guys guys guys… the issue here isn’t being oppressive or racist against Mexicans, after all since they are “illegal” all that crap about loving your neighbor as yourself doesn’t apply. The real issue is sharia law. That, my friends, is a grave concern. Why be concerned about real discrimination and problems in America when we can project our problems onto Muslims?

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    ..These Alabama lawmakers, they graduated from high school, yes?
    Presumably they had to take a history course.

    Given the distorted and hagiographic version of the antebellum South as well as the civil war that gets taught in the southern states, I’m not sure that this is a useful metric of the lawmakers’ state of knowledge regarding laws that quack like slavery laws.

  • Anonymous

    You know, someday I will cease to be surprised by the banal bigotry of public education in this country. Hopefully it’ll be because we’ve reached a point of only occasionally being evil towards minority students, and not because I’ve snapped and gone a one-women war against schools, Carrie Nation style.

  • Rikalous

    You know, someday I will cease to be surprised by the banal bigotry of
    public education in this country. Hopefully it’ll be because we’ve
    reached a point of only occasionally being evil towards minority
    students, and not because I’ve snapped and gone a one-women war against
    schools, Carrie Nation style.

    The solution to poor schooling is not smashing schools with a hatchet.


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