1. Exquisite Tweets from @AliceGoodman17

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    When the powers that be create a 'Hostile Environment' for anyone, it becomes, eventually, a Hostile Environment for all. It cannot be contained. It permeates the whole country.

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    It doesn't just affect the people you want it to effect--the poor and the foreign. Suddenly, the comfortable people and their children find that the atmosphere becomes hateful.

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    This is why, throughout the Torah, the injunction to give justice and hospitality to the widow, the orphan and the foreigner is repeated over and over again. Because the health of the whole society depends upon it.

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    'Because you were strangers in a strange land and the Lord delivered you,' is one of the reasons given for the injunction. The other is 'Because I, the Lord your God, am holy.

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    Two reasons. One of them says that our memory of who we are and where we came from is to be found in these people on the edge of the social sphere. The other says that the holiness of God is to be found with them, in that place.

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    When May creates a 'Hostile Environment' and Duncan Smith pushes through Universal Benefit, the one to create a bad place for foreigners, the other to make the poor pull up the socks they don't have, they are flouting this law.

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    And when that happens, the whole country suffers. Because it has ignored or pushed aside or denied the memory of its own history: that we were once foreigners and were given a home. That we were redeemed. That God is holy.

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    I think this is something that should be said--shouted--by all religious people, and yes, in different language, by all secular people. By all people of good will who see what is happening to us.

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    I'm sorry for any spelling or grammatical errors in this thread: I'm tweeting from a hospital bed (Hurrah for the NHS!) and have taken a lot of pain-killers.

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    I'd like to write more about it--but can't at the moment. Maybe when I'm up and about. Or other people might look into it. But I think it's crucially important.

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