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"Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morning’s light they carry it out  because it is in their power to do it. They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them.They defraud people of their homes, they rob them of their inheritance. Therefore, the LORD says: 'I am planning disaster against this people, from which you cannot save yourselves. You will no longer walk proudly, for it will be a time of calamity.'"    - Micah ; Micah 2.1-3


"You levy a straw tax on the poor and impose a tax on their grain. Therefore, though you have built stone mansions, you will not live in them; though you have planted lush vineyards, you will not drink their wine. For I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins. There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts."    - Amos ; Amos 5.11


"Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria, you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy and say to your husbands, 'Bring us some drinks!'”     - Amos ; Amos 4.1


"Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless."    - First Isaiah ; Isaiah 10.1-2


"You see, there's an immediate relationship between God, oppression, liberation: God is in the poor who cry out. And God is the one who listens to the cry and liberates, so that the poor no longer need to cry out.”    - Mev Puleo ; The Struggle Is One: Voices and Visions of Liberation


"The point is not that Jesus was a good guy who accepted everybody, and thus we should do the same (though that would be good). Rather, his teachings and behavior reflect an alternative social vision. Jesus was not talking about how to be good and how to behave within the framework of a domination system. He was a critic of the domination system itself."    - Marcus J. Borg ; The God We Never Knew: Beyond Dogmatic Religion to a More Authentic Contemporary Faith


"After all, are we not all oppressed, especially those who think that their freedom is found in social, political, and economic domination of others? Although these questions point to an essential truth of the gospel of liberation, they have been used by oppressors for untruth. The untruth of these questions lies in the subjective and often undisclosed intention of the people who ask them. While pretending to be concerned about the universal character of the human condition, oppressors are in fact concerned to justify their own particular status in society. They want to be oppressors and Christians at the same time. Since the oppressed are the only true Christians, oppressors claim to be victims, not for the purpose of being liberated but for their own social interests in retaining a 'Christian' identity while being against Jesus Christ. This is what Dietrich Bonhoeffer in another context called 'cheap grace.' I call it hypocrisy and blasphemy."    - James H. Cone ; God of the Oppressed


“'Spirit! are they yours?' Scrooge could say no more. 'They are Man’s,' said the Spirit, looking down upon them. 'And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree; but most of all beware this boy [Ignorance], for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Deny it!' cried the Spirit, stretching out its hand towards the city. 'Slander those who tell it ye! Admit it for your factious purposes, and make it worse! And bide the end!'"
   - The Ghost of Christmas Present ; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


There can be no Christian theology that is not social and political. If theology is to speak about the God of Jesus who is revealed in the struggle of the oppressed for freedom, then theology must also become political, speaking for the God of the poor and the oppressed.    - James H. Cone ; God of the Oppressed


There can be no Christian theology that is not identified unreservedly with those who are humiliated and abused. In fact, theology ceases to be a theology of the gospel when it fails to arise out of the community of the oppressed. For it is impossible to speak of the God of Israelite history, who is the God revealed in Jesus Christ, without recognizing that God is the God of and for those who labor and are overladen.    - James H. Cone ; A Black Theology of Liberation


Liberation in the Hagar stories is not given by God; it finds its source in human initiative.    - Delores S. Williams ; Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk


Hagar becomes the first female in the Bible to liberate herself from oppressive power structures.    - Delores S. Williams ; Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk


"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor."    - Jesus ; Luke 4.18-19


"He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’"    - Jesus ; Matthew 25.45


"The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’"    - Jesus ; Matthew 25.40


"During his time on earth, Jesus subverted the social norms dictating how a rabbi spoke to women, to the rich, the powerful, the housewife, the mother-in-law, the despised, the prostitute, the adulteress, the mentally ill and demon possessed, the poor. He spoke to women directly, instead of through their male-headship standards and contrary to the order of the day (and even of some religious sects today)."

   - Bessey, Sarah ; Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women


"Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy."    - Ezekiel ; Ezekiel 16.49


It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow-beings.    - Gandhi, Mohandas K ; An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth


"The truth about injustice always sounds outrageous."
   - James H. Cone ;


"When women are restricted from the service of God in any capacity, the Church is mistakenly allowing an imperfect male-dominated ancient culture to drive our understanding and practice of Christ’s redeeming work, instead of Jesus Christ and the whole of the Scriptures."

   - Bessey, Sarah ; Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women


The Good News is proclaimed when we love each other.

   - Bessey, Sarah ; Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women


"I want to be outside with the misfits, with the rebels, the dreamers, second-chance givers, the radical grace lavishers, the ones with arms wide open, the courageously vulnerable, and among even—or maybe especially— the ones rejected by the Table as not worthy enough or right enough."

   - Bessey, Sarah ; Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women


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