2I share with you from Numbers chapter 31:Moses became angry with the commanders of the army who had come back from themilitary campaign. Moses said to them, “You have spared every female! Yet they arethe very ones who, at the bidding of Balaam, induced
the Israelites to trespass against theLORD in the matter of Peor, so that the LORD’s community was struck by the plague.Now, therefore, slay every male among the children, and slay also every woman who hasknown a man carnally; but spare every young woman who has not had carnal relationswith a man.”And Deuteronomy 23:You shall not deduct interest from loans to your own people, whether in money or foodor anything else that can be deducted as interest; but you may deduct interest from loansto strangers.So before we indict an entire religion for being violent and full of hatred based on some of thewords of their holy texts, we better first look at our own holy texts and see if our religion shouldlikewise be indicted.We have also heard about the horrific stories of oppression committed in the Muslim world,violence and oppression committed against those who do not conform to Muslim religiousstandards.There is a story from this past January in which religious zealots threw rocks and bottles at awoman driving through town. They pulled her out of the car and threw rocks at her headbecause she wasn’t dressed modestly enough.That was perpetrated against an Israeli woman…by Orthodox Jews.In December 2011 a group of Orthodox Jews spit on an eight year old girl and called her a Naziand a whore for dressing immodestly.In October 2008 in Jerusalem Orthodox Jewish men broke into the home of a single Israeliwoman and beat her for living an immodest lifestyle.In November 2011 ultra-Orthodox men spit on an Armenian priest while he was wearing hisreligious garb.In December 2009 Ultra Orthodox men attacked a Modern Orthodox couple for walking side byside on the street.