In this forum, the Bible is used to explain, to justify, to rationalize views about strangers.
And this forum is a place of many books.
I want this thread to be only citations from books (or from reputable sources), that explain the approach to strangers or people who are different.
When I was a child I traveled with my father in Afghanistan, and everywhere we were welcomed. He told me that the Koran instructs that strangers and visitors must be welcomed.
As an athiest I’m not a student of the Bible. Or of the Koran or of any “Good Book”. But I read history and know that it is easy for us to see others, refugees, migrants as unworthy or dirty or polluting.
I hope this thread will include quotations with citations of the words people have used to explain and examine people who are “other.” I want examples, not arguments. Please quote from anywhere, just provide a citation.
And it can be from the Torah or the Bible, the I Ching or the Koran, from the Mahabharata or the Decameron; Hitler is fine, so is Mr. Rogers. What does the book say? Provide me a citation. That’s all I’m looking for.
Here’s my first contribution:
Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius.
That means, “Kill them all, let God sort them out."