What is mine is mine; and what is yours is mine also.
Truth is the first casualty of war.
In America, you must have “standing”, whatever that is, before the
courts will even hear your case.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit by the American Civil
Liberties Union that would challenge the administration’s National
Security Agency warrantless illegal wiretapping of American citizens’
communications, conducted in secret, without comment.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that because the
government had properly withheld information about the program by
invoking a doctrine known as the “state secrets program”, the
plaintiffs could not show that their communications had been
monitored, and therefore lackedn “standing” to bbring the case.
The case is ACLU vs. NSA, 07-468
(Associated Press 2/19/08)
Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him; for ye were
strangers in the land of Egypt
Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself
Lev. 19:18, Matt. 19:19
But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one
born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself.
Thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy
Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor,
and to thy needy, in thy land.
Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy.
Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and
He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker.
He that honoreth Him hath mercy on the poor.
Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord.
To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than
Rob not the poor, because he is poor; neither oppress the
afflicted in the gate.
If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be
thirsty, give him water to drink.
Prov. 25:21 & Rom.
The righteous considereth the cause of the poor; but the wicked
regardeth not to know it.
Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the
poor and needy.
Relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow
Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassion every
Oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the
Let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbor.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good
Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of
thee turn not thou away.
Love your enemies
All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye
even so to them.
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into
the kingdom of heaven; but he that doest the will of my Father
which is in heaven.
Freely ye have received, freely give
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye
gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye
clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and
ye came unto me.
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my
brethren, ye have done it unto me.
He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and
he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I
The laborer is worthy of his hire
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have
love one to another.
If ye love me, keep my commandments
Let love be without dissimulation
Love worketh no ill to his neighbor
Remember the poor.
By love serve one another
All the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt
love thy neighbor as thyself.
Bear ye one another’s burdens
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men.
Give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing
that ye also have a Master in heaven.
Support the weak
1 Thess. 5:14
The labourer is worthy of his reward
1 Tim. 5:18
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him
Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only
What doeth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath
faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or
sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say
unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled;
notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are
to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not
works, is dead, being alone.
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without
works is dead also.
This is His commandment, That we should believe on the name
His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another.
1 John 3:23
He that loveth not knoweth not God
1 John 4:8
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother whom he hath
seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth
love his brother also.
1 John 4:21
Views of the Founding Fathers
James Madison: What influence in fact have ecclesiastical
establishments had in Civil Society? In some
instances they have been seen to erect a
spiritual tyranny on the ruins of Civil
authority; in many instances they have been
seen upholding the thrones of political
tyranny; in no instance have they been seen
the guardians of the liberties of the people.
Samuel Adams: Our enemies have made it an object to
eradicate from the minds of the people in
general a sense of true religion and virtue in
hopes thereby the more easily to carry their
point of enslaving them.
Benjamin Franklin: That the most acceptable service we render
is doing good to His other children.
As to Jesus of Nazareth…I apprehend [his
religion] has received various corrupt
John Adams: Millions of fables, tales, legends have been
blended with both Jewish and Christian
revelation that have made them the most bloody
religion that ever existed.
The duty of doing no wrong, but all the good I
Thomas Jefferson: I have ever judged of the religion of others
by their lives.
To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed
opposed, but not to the genuine precepts of
The mass of mankind has not been born with
saddles on their backs, nor a favored few,
booted and spurred, ready to ride them
legitimately for the Grace of God.
The Christian philosophy,–the most sublime
and benevolent, but most perverted system that
ever shone on man.
Views of Others
Mohatma Gandhi: I would be a Christian if it weren’t for the
Reinhold Niebuhr: I think one of the great heresies of
Protestantism is the individualistic heresy.
The great divide is between people who want to
be pure (the first Commission) and those who
want to be responsible (the second Commission)