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Stephanie Mencimer’s article in your paper (“Lemon Aid,” 3/19) was very interesting. It underlines why Muslims believe that government and religions cannot be kept separate. All religions have condemned usury, and thinking individuals throughout history from Aristotle to Einstein have come to the conclusion that usury is in conflict with the natural order of the universe. Aristotle labeled usury the cruelest theft and considered it more destructive to social order than murder. Einstein noted that the very nature of the atom denies the validity of the usury-based financial system.

Such articles can only bring to people’s attention that those sins that destroyed Lot’s people 4,000 years ago are alive and well today.

Usury Free Living

via the Internet