Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Love the Foreigner


This comic is weird in that it mocks religion and invokes it's teachings. I admire the precept in Judaism of Love for the Stranger. I was first exposed to the concept in an op-ed about Springfield, MO's proposed religious freedom ordinance.

The ordinance passed which made discrimination based upon sexual orientation legal again within the city. A Jewish resident of our town penned an op-ed expressing opposition to the  ordinance on the grounds the it violated the rule of love for the stranger. I chose an alternate translation here for obvious reasons.

I don't necessarily have a problem with people believing in religions. I don't care for how religion is sometimes twisted by evil men. I identify more with liberal religious adherents than I do with conservative ones. Of course, as I am a secular liberal.

I also like the moral teachings of the Bible, but I will freely admit that I focus upon the parts I see as promoting empathy and tolerance rather than the parts I see as outdated or corrupted.