Usury: The practice of lending money at an exhorbitant interest rate.
New King James Bible: 35 ' If one of your brethren becomes poor, and falls into poverty among you, then you shall help him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you. 36 'Take no usury or interest from him; but fear your God, that your brother may live with you. 37 'You shall not lend him your money for usury, nor lend him your food at a profit. (Leviticus 25:35-37)
Everyone's gotta have priorities. Our government's recent priorities? Class-action lawsuit reform, Social Security reform, bankruptcy reform, and as we speak it seems they've snuck some provision for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Preserve into the budget to be voted upon in the next day or two.
However you may feel about these particular issues, are they your top priorities? I think not, but at least their gettin' things done eh. A nearby school district no longer has bussing, let alone extra-curriculars, and health insurance is more valuable than gold. These are basic priorities in a civilized and productive society. The aforementioned are the top priorities of a corporate oligarchy. Do you really have to be a tree-huggin' commie to believe that at least kids should get quality medical care and a well-rounded education? And why is it that the people who thump the Bible the hardest are such unabashed hypocrites?
Things confuse me. You may have it all figured out, but I fear I'm hopeless. Perhaps when I pass on and meet my maker; if he even pauses before casting me into the gaping maw of eternal damnation, perhaps he'll explain to me that he really never liked the meek all that much, and that Jesus' Sermon on the Mount was just a bit of youthful rebellion, but it's all a real gas to watch.
:: Damian B. 3/15/2005 [+] ::