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Kiva Frowns but we Smile when Microloans Default

For every sweatshop-free t-shirt we sell at Skreened, we set aside a dollar to donate to some form of economic development for the poor people living overseas. Initially, we participated in microloans under the Kiva system, thinking that the non-profit’s loans must be generously giving people a hand up to a better life. But then [...]

Despite Bible, Avowedly Christian Groups Engage in Usury

The Bible is as clear as mud on many subjects, but it’s absolutely clear about the practice of usury (lending money at a high rate of interest). As far as I’m aware, there are no Bible verses that encourage Christians to engage in usury, but there are a number that prohibit it:

Leviticus 25:35-36

And [...]

Questioning Kiva: When Microloans Aren’t the Best Way to Help

Starting with New Year’s Day 2010, Irregular Times made a pledge to donate a dollar for overseas economic development every time someone purchased one of our sweatshop-free t-shirts made in the USA. We’d made the choice to stick with t-shirts made in the USA by American Apparel because American made shirts have the guarantee of [...]

CHURCH Group in Congress Rejects Christian Principles in H.R. 4300

The following are cosponsors of H.R. 3477, the Congressional Hope for Uniform Recognition of Christian Heritage Act (the CHURCH Act for short):

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX, District 1) — principal sponsorRep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL, District 4)Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN, District 6)Rep. John Boozman (R-AR, District 3)Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA, District 10)Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN, District [...]

4 Representatives Add End of Year Momentum to Credit Card Bill in Congress

This week, four more representatives in the House added their formal support to H.R. 4300, a bill that would cap credit card interest rates at an annual interest rate of 16%. They are:

Rep. Marcia Fudge [Ohio District 11] Rep. Michael Honda [California District 15] Rep. Thomas Perriello [Virginia District 5] Rep. James Moran [Virginia [...]

Atheist pursues Biblical Law that the Prayer Caucus rejects

Number of passages in the Bible condemning the practice of usury: 5

Percent of members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus who are cosponsors of H.R. 4300, a bill to “amend the Truth in Lending Act to establish a national usury rate for consumer credit card accounts” by capping credit card interest rates at 16%: 1.8%

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Usury and the Congress: An Atheist is the Most Biblical of All

Number of passages in the Bible condemning the practice of usury: 5

Percent of members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus who are cosponsors of H.R. 1640, a bill “to amend the Truth in Lending Act to protect consumers from usury”: 0%

Percent of avowed atheists in the United States Congress who have cosponsored H.R. 1640: [...]