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Scripture and Aliens…

Jews and Christians share this scripture: “You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were once aliens in the land of Egypt” (Exodus 22:21). Scripture says that God’s people are to regard sojourners not with fear, indifference or loathing, but with love and respect. Movements to criminalize millions of individuals, break up families and destabilize industries are bad enough. The notion that the alien among us is anything other than beloved elicits some of scripture’s strongest condemnations: “cursed be anyone who deprives the alien, the orphan, and the widow of justice.” (Deut. 27:19)

The Christian Century (July 11, 2006)

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