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Proverbs 17:26

To impose a fine on the innocent is not right,
or to flog the noble for their integrity.

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  • EllieMurasaki

    Yeah, those poor innocent upstanding rich people, how dare we tax them.

  • Jurgan

    I doubt that was the intent, but I can see how it might be used that way.

  • Tricksterson

    I rather doubt that was Fred’s intended meaning.

  • Ben English

     I don’t think Ellie was suggesting it was. She was making a joke about how rich evangelicals  would twist verses like that.

  • Ruby_Tea

    I must have Ayn Rand on the brain lately (poor me), because I feel like this quote, sans context, could go in a list game: Ayn Rand or The Bible.

  • Wednesday

    I think it’s more that the far right has warped words like “innocent” and “noble” to the point that we wind up somewhat suspicious of what in a better world would be a completely noncontroversial statement of “don’t punish people for crimes they haven’t committed and don’t attack people for being virtuous”. :/

  • Jenny Islander

    Rich people?  How about people who come home to find their houses boarded up for nonpayment of a mortgage they never had?  Or people who have to pay the poor tax on every paycheck because they can’t afford “low balance” bank “penalties” so they have to cash their checks at Wal-Mart?  Or people who can’t get a home loan, car loan, or possibly even a decent job because their credit rating was smashed because they imprudently chose to be born without a trust fund in a country without single-payer health care, and then had the sheer gall to get cancer on top of that?

    The Bible doesn’t have very many nice things to say about rich people.  Seriously, take an afternoon or two and read the Prophets sometime.

  • Tricksterson

    That was more likely the intended meaning.

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    You must be new to Sunday favourites. The point of the comments section here is to come up with a way the bible can be used to justify being an arsehole.

  • Jenny Islander

    Oh, okay!  In that case, this verse is easy!  All those dirty lazy poors are by definition guilty of something, because otherwise they wouldn’t be out there with their hands out wanting food and medicine and stuff.  Innocent people are neatly dressed with nice cars and they recite the correct shibboleths.

  • Dash1

     It is?

    Oh crap. I miss the point again.

  • Riastlin Lovecraft

    If it makes you feel better, I didn’t know either.

  • Dash1

     Actually, on more mature consideration, I think different people use the “Sunday Favorites” differently. Some use it as Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart says, and some take it as a basis for some thought about what the verse was apparently meant to say. So it’s all good.

  • Wednesday

     Me either. But I usually don’t read comments on this class of posts, so…

  • Randy Owens

    …and then had the sheer gall to get cancer on top of that?

    Nope, can’t be that.  Getting the gall bladder removed was my big medical expense.