Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Interest of a People of the Book

The next time evangelical Christians start their Bible-thumping pride about adhering to religious teachings, they need to pay heed to this Des Moines Muslim who risks his business and lays his modest profits on the line in order to remain faithful to the Qu'ran's prohibition against paying interest.  He is fighting an uphill battle in a country where usury is as holy and unquestionable as the very gates of heaven.  The Christian scriptures and church tradition prohibit paying interest, but those prohibitions are conveniently ignored by Protestants who claim that the Bible is literal and without error.

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