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honour the immigrant

The latest mural to go up at Saint John's church on Princes Street, which has painted numerous pieces in this busylocation over the years, all commenting not just on a religious viewpoint but also on social and ethical matters. I've little time for religion, but I do often find the church's murals to be very appropriate. For their latest one they've taken the awful plight of forced immigrants after the horrible deaths of hundreds drowned in the Med trying to reach Europe (and the equally horrible comments from some vile right-wing media types who gloated like demons over the mass deaths of men, women and children trying to escape to a better life).

 

The reference comes from Exodus, chapter 22, verse 21, which in the King James translation declares "Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt." As I said, not much of a one for religion, but a message about not mistreating those from other lands because you yourself could or have been a stranger somewhere is a pretty good message.

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Taken on April 26, 2015