University to Post Secular Quotes with Bible Verse in Compromise Following Atheist Complaint

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida at Gainesville has agreed to post secular quotes on an arch on its campus in a compromise with a prominent atheist activist group that took issue with a Bible verse posted on the structure.

Micah 6:8 is currently inscribed on an archway near Heavener Hall, which houses the university’s school of business. The Scripture reads, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good. And what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”

During the building’s dedication ceremony last November, James Heavener, after whom the building is named, told those gathered that Micah 6:8 is one of his favorite Scriptures.

But in April, the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter to university president W. Kent Fuchs to assert that the inscription is unconstitutional and must be removed.

“This inscription violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and cannot remain on university property,” the correspondence read. “The verse inscribed on Heavener Hall is religious, preaches obedience to the Christian God, and must be removed.”

FFRF also contended that Micah 6 advocates for child sacrifice.

Since Heavener was reportedly adamant that the Scripture remain, the University of Florida has agreed to add secular quotes to the arch in order to appease the atheist organization.

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“The Heavener School of Business at the University of Florida has designed an ethical portal in the double archway of Heavener Hall courtyard to highlight the importance of ethics in business,” it wrote in a statement on Monday, noting that one was selected by Heavener and three other secular quotes will be added.

“The school has no interest in advancing or burdening religion; its only interest is educational and relates to the quotes’ core universal ethical principles,” it said.

The quotes to be added are:

“To restrain our selfish(ness), and to indulge our benevolent affections, constitutes the perfection of human nature.” — Adam Smith,

“Wealth is evidently not the good we are seeking; for it is merely useful and for the sake of something else.” –Aristotle

“My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”– Thomas Paine

The Paine quote had been suggested by FFRF, and the other two had been selected by an ethics teacher at the university.

A plaque will also be posted, which reads in part, “Ethics are fundamental to successful business education and enterprise. Scholars and students of ethics derive universal ethical principles from a wide range of sources, secular and religious, whether or not any particular scholar or student ascribes to religious beliefs.”

The quotes and plaque will be installed within the next few weeks. Football great Tim Tebow and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio are graduates of the University of Florida.


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  • bowie1

    Maybe the university has some interesting quotes of its own to go side by side with the religious one.

  • JGravelle

    Perhaps etching First Timothy 2:12 in the classroom of every female teacher would be a suitable compromise…

    • Dave_L

      🙂

    • scipio1

      I’d settle for Ezekiel 23:20.

      • Magister_militum_praesentalis

        Why is that?

      • JGravelle

        Ezekiel 23 is a good chapter to offer to read to the children of the devout, or to recite at Thanksgiving dinner should one get pressured into saying “grace”…

        • Sapient Mulch

          “-pressured into saying “grace”…”

          Does “RubbaDubDub, Thanks for the grub!” no longer pass muster?

          • JGravelle

            Not while my Nana was holding a fork, no…

          • C_Alan_Nault

            2 Thessalonians 3:10 would be more appropriate for Thanksgiving:
            “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”

            Sorry kids, you don’t have jobs, you don’t get to eat.

          • JGravelle

            “Nana brought shrimp. Kids, go find Daddy some rocks…”

    • getstryker

      You haven’t got a clue what that really means . . . do you?!

      • JGravelle

        I’m not feeling the love from you, neighbor. But thanks for the feedback. Your vitriol nourishes me.

        We can say this much: I’m demonstrably better versed in the misogynistic book of Timothy than you are in, say, Mark 12:31.

        And yes, before you waste any more precious Internetz on it, I have been subjected to the feeble: “When Yahweh told women to shut the hell up, he meant it in a nice way” apologetics before. I’ll beg you not to waste our time on that sort of canard…

    • Bezukhov

      That verse only applies to the Church. A lot of Christian men in the First Century were slaves owned by Pagan Romans. Imagine what would have happened if the Pagan lady of the house ordered that Christian male slave to some task, and he responded with “I don’t have to take orders from you! My religion forbids it, ma’am!”

      • JGravelle

        I lack the words to express how much I sincerely appreciate any defense of the “good book” that uses God’s endorsement of slavery to justify His misogyny…

        • Sapient Mulch

          “I lack the words to express how much I sincerely appreciate any defense of the “good book” that uses God’s endorsement of slavery to justify His misogyny…”

          Other than your capitalizations of god and his; my utmost respect.

          *rises to applaud*

          • JGravelle

            For the record, I punctuate out of convention, not reverence. (And, admittedly, an enthusiastic appreciation for irony.)

            Thank You for Your support… 😉

  • Nidalap

    Ha! Won’t be ‘compromise’ enough. It never is. The true goal is removal of anything even vaguely Christian from the public square…

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      Shall I break out my Atheist Creed in honor of the Gators?!? They could etch that in stone for the “offended” ones. 🙂

    • scipio1

      Poor Christians whining about losing their privilege. Blame our wise Founding Fathers.

      • Nidalap

        If the Founders meant for their documents to be interpreted in this fashion, they would have implemented them so themselves. We wouldn’t have all these changes having to happen recently now would we? 🙂

        • scipio1

          The law regarding government establishment of religion isn’t changing, you guys are just now having to play by the rules. 😉

          And BTW , why do you think they set up the judicial branch? Change is built in to the system. Smart folks, our Founders.

          • Bill

            They were smart, and the majority of them were Christians.

          • scipio1

            Would love to see you back that up with facts. And BTW, Deists are not Christians.

          • Bill

            Its easily done under most circumstances. However I’m fairly certain you wouldnt accept any evidence that proved you wrong…am I right?

          • scipio1

            You mean like you accept that there’s zero tangible evidence that your (or any of the other thousands of gods) actually exist? Evidence and religion are mutually exclusive.

          • Bill

            Thanks, that answers my question.

          • Bill

            “argument from ignorance”, google it if you dont know what it is. It applies here.

          • scipio1

            And you my friend need to bone up on logical fallacies.

      • Magister_militum_praesentalis

        He asks a valid question. Would you say that removing all vestiges of Christianity from the public square is what the Constitution (and the Founders) had in mind or a particularly extreme interpretation of it?

        • Sapient Mulch

          Remove all vestiges of all religions. Christianity is certainly no more important than any of the other superstitions such as Islam, nor the rest. Eliminate them all from rational discourse.

          • Magister_militum_praesentalis

            That’s unfortunate.

          • ppp777

            And that coming from an evolutionist .

        • basalisk

          it doesn’t matter.

          • Magister_militum_praesentalis

            Why not?

          • basalisk

            because the current laws and courts are what matter not the opinions of some dead slave owners.

          • Magister_militum_praesentalis

            I think you mean the interpretation made by New Atheists and FFR types of the scope of the Constitution and how SCOTUS should rule are what matter.

          • basalisk

            no I mean the current laws and courts opinions

      • Uber Alles ™

        Would it be fair to characterize you as an atheist, then?

      • bowie1

        They would have supported the biblical quote. After all even the public schools of the time would have taught from the Bible, even though early one attendance was not mandatory.

        • scipio1

          They also supported slavery in their day. Also, there’s a pretty good chance that they would have revised the 2nd Amendment if they knew the types of personal WMD’s we would be able to produce in the future. Which, again, is why they brilliantly created our tripartite system of government, which allows us as a nation to EVOLVE. (Oooh bad word, sorry.)

          The bottom line is that what you Christians perceive as “persecution” the rest of us see as leveling the playing field. Now you guys get to start understanding what it feels like to have someone with a differing belief system lead an invocation before a government meeting, and from the reactions I see, y’all don’t like it one bit. Tough luck.

          • Bill

            And all the division will destroy America one day…….what and see.

          • scipio1

            All empires rise and fall, Nostradamus. I seriously doubt breaking the stranglehold your religion has on our government will be the cause of ours.

          • ppp777

            Your living in cloud cuckoo land .

          • scipio1

            At least I can spell.

          • ppp777

            That is a sort of answer a teenager would give .

          • ppp777

            You have no sense of history or natural law , you base your views on nothing but ideology .

          • scipio1

            Your wealth of hypocrisy is truly astounding.

          • ppp777

            What ?

      • Lucy R

        I see and you don’t consider what you said complaint and whining? Thou shalt look in the mirror and find false pride a smite to the flesh. Oh but it feels so good for the moment and there in lies the root of the problem, you believe you have the right to knock others for? Just because? Yeah that’s what I see.

        • scipio1

          Sorry hon, you Abramamists have been murdering non-believers for centuries, so no higher ground for you. We’ve only been able to speak up about it for a few years now. Wake me when we elect an Atheist president, in oh, say fifty years.

          Please, though, keep following a hateful, bitter philosophy conjured up by Iron Age goat herders who didn’t even know where the sun went at night. That is your right and one of the great things about America. But one of the other great things is the separation of church and state, which means your delusions have zero impact on our government, public schools included. Most of the whining I hear is about having to obey the law.

          As for “bloated pride,” please reread what you just posted and refer to Timothy 2:12, which you seem to have conveniently forgotten, along with not eating shellfish, cutting your hair, and wearing clothing of mixed fibers. Your concept of me as a “sinner” has as much validity as Santa Claus, and I bid you good day.

          • ppp777

            Oh boy , what ignorance .

        • Sapient Mulch

          “what Christ did on the cross therefore allowing me the freedom to inhale the gravity and exhale truth of the matter therefore allowing me to see what this exactly is and that’s where true compassion enters in.”

          WTF? Lucy? Try to find someone who can help bring you down slowly hon, okay?

        • C_Alan_Nault

          “what Christ did on the cross ”

          Let’s see…

          Prometheus stole the secret of fire from the gods & gave it to humans to make our lives easier. He gets punished for all eternity by the gods.

          Jesus gets a few hours of pain & torture ( apparently for our sins), dies, gets resurrected & spends eternity in heaven and if we believe in him we get to go there too… if we don’t believe in him, we get tormented by flames for all eternity.

          Although there is no proof for either of these stories, we DO have fire.

          I’d say Prometheus made the greater sacrifice & is more worthy of our praise.

          • Giraffe-Junk

            WOW! That’s awesome, would you mind if, in the future, I re-tell this. Thanks.

          • C_Alan_Nault

            Feel free to re-tell it, just remember to give me credit.

    • The Skeptical Chymist

      Nope. FFRF has no problem with religious broadcasts on radio, TV, the internet, billboards, in churches, temples, mosques, etc. All of these are readily accessible to the public, and are part of the “public square”. All FFRF seeks is strict government neutrality in matters of religion. There should be no government endorsement of a particular religion, or of religion over irreligion. Religious ideas should be part of the free marketplace, where ideas rise or fall according to their value, free from government interference or promotion.

    • basalisk

      that’s the preferred alternative but this works too if only because it pisses you jesus freaks off

    • C_Alan_Nault

      “The true goal is removal of anything even vaguely Christian from the public square…”

      Good idea.

      • ppp777

        If nothing else your honest .

        • C_Alan_Nault

          Well, I wouldn’t limit it to just Christian. No religious symbols or slogans should be be allowed on public squares. If they are allowed, then symbols & slogans from ALL religions must be allowed, along with atheist & secular ones.

  • pastoredsmith

    Pathetic. FFRF have no jurisdiction, yet the college treated them as though they were the “anti-Christian police.” And, I’m sure the atheists love the Paine quote seeing as how Paine was one of them. This college makes me sick. And, atheists once again misquote Scripture….the passage does not call for child sacrifice. Atheists are such fools. (Psalms 14:1)

    • scipio1

      Talking snakes and drinking blood, but you call US fools? o_0

      • Giraffe-Junk

        You forgot that their God commands the killing of someone trying to earn a living, if he is working on the Sabbath. And they call us immoral….

        • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

          We who live under the Cross do not kill someone if he is working on the Sabbath.

          • Giraffe-Junk

            Exodus 31:15, “Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.”

            Matthew 5:17, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”

            Matthew 10:34, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”

            1 John 2:4-7 “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.”

            Sorry to hear that you God will punish you in eternal damnation.

          • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

            Jesus did things that were un-lawfull on the Sabbath. He claimed to be the Lord of the Sabbath. We learn through Him. He has shown us much on this issue.
            Shalom <

          • Giraffe-Junk

            Hypocrites always do.

          • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

            You may be a hypocrite but Jesus *Yeshua* never was one.

          • Giraffe-Junk

            Of course you would say that, I mean after all, my quotes were directly out of the Bible. Just goes to show you that you don’t really believe, if you did you would acknowledge what God wants you to do and accept it. 1 Timothy 2:12, “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”

      • Magister_militum_praesentalis

        Who is “us”?

      • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

        As Christians we are not to eat or drink Blood. We can drink wine/grape juice in remembrance of the shed Blood of Christ. But not drink real blood.Only a FOOL would say what you said with a straight face o_O
        We as Christians can also break bread and eat it in remembrance of Christ. But we can not eat Humans.

        • Sapient Mulch

          Why do you capitalize BLOOD?

          “Only a FOOL would say what you said with a straight face o_O”

          You have a useful skill in the ability to completely deny the hypocrisy of the bible and be willfully ignorant. Congratulations! You’ve achieved level 13 in the religious denial festival.

          “But we can not eat Humans.”

          But obviously you could if your god said to, so rethink your statements.

          • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

            o_O Very Good question. If I told you. You would not be able to understand. So I’ll just leave it st a good Question 🙂
            Good night.

        • Giraffe-Junk

          Matthew 5:22, “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”

          • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

            I refuse to toss any more pearls to you.

          • Giraffe-Junk

            Oh….Starting to take the Bible serious then? 1 Timothy 2:12.

          • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

            Think you me as a modern day Esther! Think of my as a Modern day Judge Deborah! Think of me as a modern day Rehab!
            I am a believer in God and His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I will speak as the Lord has me speak! You are not God. You are not Jesus. You did not die for me to have Life. Jesus did that.You are not the Holy Spirit. Think of me as the Woman at the well talking to Jesus. Think of me as the Woman who Jesus save from being stoned to death. Think of me as the Woman who cried at Jesus feet and used her hair to wipe his feet. Think of me as the woman Anointed Jesus with expensive .
            Think of me as he Woman Jesus did NOT SILENCE.
            Think of me as the Woman who cried as they killed her Lord and Savior. Think of me as the Woman Jesus did not hate like you do.

          • Giraffe-Junk

            I’ll always think of you as the woman who couldn’t accept facts. That all, nothing more and nothing less.

          • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

            You never know.

          • Giraffe-Junk

            I do know, now why don’t you?

          • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

            <

          • Giraffe-Junk

            I don’t get it, less than, greater than, less than…weird, is that an idol for you?

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            And you are one of those “first to the empty tomb” women too – don’t forget them – very courageous!

          • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

            I can;t forget then.Thank you.

          • Giraffe-Junk

            You’re a legend in your own mind.

          • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

            And what are you?????????????????????????????????????????????????????

          • Giraffe-Junk

            What I am:

            A human, nothing more and nothing less. I do not think I am a God and I do not think I will receive favor from a God, by enacting His will, as told by His Bible. I do not think it is righteous to kill all Beings (save eight) or the first born. I do not think it is moral to tell women to not teach. I do not think it ethical to have slaves and to inform a slave owner that he may beat his slave, so long as the slave doesn’t die. I do not think it smart to teach that the moon is a little light or that the Earth was made in six days. I do not think it a peaceful God that tells His followers, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword”
            What am I?
            A bunch of neurons, atoms, cells.
            How does that make me, me?
            I don’t know and not knowing does not make God.

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            Very wise.

        • scipio1

          That’s not what your boy Jesus said. And I noticed you dodged the talking snake altogether, how convenient. Thankfully, your kind are dying off and shrinking in numbers. There’s hope for humanity yet.

          • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

            There was also a talking donkey as well. It most likely was not like the snakes we have now . It is believed that Satan was involved. I don’t have a problem with talking snake or a talking donkey. One day you will understand.
            Shalom <

      • ppp777

        You need to look at the evolutionary theory before making statements like that .

    • FriendlySkeptic

      “FFRF have no jurisdiction…”

      And still, the FFRF (and the Constitution) won. How are those sour grapes tasting?

      • Magister_militum_praesentalis

        Is it about doing what is right or playing a game of one-upmanship?

        • FriendlySkeptic

          You may not realize it but you and I agree. What’s right is following the Constitution. Throwing a victory in someone’s face is not right. However, making the facts clear to a sore loser is hardly unsportsmanlike.

    • Sapient Mulch

      Atheists are fools? Good one!

      “This college makes me sick.”
      So, I hope you haven’t applied?…

      • Giraffe-Junk

        When you are called a fool, just remember what their God says in Matthew 5:22, …”but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”

        • ppp777

          Ithink That is referring to fellow Christians .

          • Giraffe-Junk

            You really pick-up on things quick, don’t you.

    • Giraffe-Junk

      Psalms 14:1, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”

      Matthew 5:22, “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”
      Why does God contradict Himself?

  • acontraryview

    Seems like a reasonable compromise.

    • Sapient Mulch

      Sure! Why not the human sacrifice folks? Let’s hear from them!

      “I am but a worm, so EAT ME god!”

  • Reason2012

    “This inscription violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and cannot remain on university property,” is completely false.

    (1) There is no such thing as “separation of church and state” in the Constitution. That phrase came from the time a Pastor wrote a letter to Jefferson expressing his fears that Jefferson would in some way restrict religious freedoms. In response to these fears, Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter back to indicate that he would in no way restrict the freedom of religious expression because he saw a wall of separation between church and state.

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    com/libissuesarticles.asp?id=65

    So actually the phrase means the exact opposite of what a few claim it means: it re-iterates the First Amendment, that government shall make no laws prohibiting the free exercise of religion.

    (2) First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; And yet those who reject God demand the government establish its own denomination of Christianity with its own version of marriage. A violation of the First Amendment.

    (3) Congress/government also cannnot make a law prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

    A school can decide to, for example, put up Bible quotes and no one can force them not to.

    A school can decide NOT to put up Bible quotes and no one can force them to.

    But in a Christian nation, the populace will be personally choosing to put up Ten Commandment displays often. Those that do not like this can start voting in a large number of people that believe differently and hope it changes.

    That’s liberty.

    That’s freedom.

    That’s the Constitution many died to create.

    That’s the United States of America.

    Start understanding the Constitution, the First Amendment and the lie about “separation to church and state” and take back our right to honor and worship God as people in positions of leadership personally choose and see fit to on a case by case basis.

    • scipio1

      What part of “establishment of religion” don’t you understand. Oh well, it doesn’t matter since the courts have clearly interpreted it’s meaning, not you. Thank Dog.

      • scipio1

        And using my tax dollars to pay for promoting your religion is HARDLY liberty.

        “When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself so that its professors are obliged to call for the help of the civil power, ’tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.” – Benjamin Franklin

        • basalisk

          .

        • ppp777

          You think religious people don’t work and have to pay tax dollars to promote the religion of evolution ?

          • scipio1

            Unlike religion, evolution is evidence-based. Only fools blindly believe what they’re told. Get your mumbo-jumbo peer-reviewed and then we’ll talk.

      • Reason2012

        Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion

        Where was the law passed forcing them to put it up?

        or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

        It’s a violation of the very First Amendment to be illegal to have that free exercise.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          I suggest you spend more time researching modern law and less time obsessing about the exact text of the Amendments.

          In this case, look up State Action Doctrine.

          • scipio1

            Don’t bother, friend. If they accepted modernity they wouldn’t be Christians.

          • ppp777

            Only fools except that .

          • scipio1

            Do tell.

    • Sapient Mulch

      “A school can decide to, for example, put up Bible quotes and no one can force them not to.”

      If they are publicly funded through my tax dollars, I sure as hell CAN force them not to. You want to post supernatural stuff from your sky fairy, there’s no way you should be legally allowed to do it.

      • Reason2012

        Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press

        The First Amendment says otherwise.

        • basalisk

          “respecting an establishment of religion”

          did you miss that port or are you intentionally ignoring it? the goverment cannot favor favor one religion over another so on there cannot be any bible quotes on school property

        • Sapient Mulch

          “Not a third world country you’re trying to turn it into.”

          What? Are you telling me that you stand on the 1A to say that you as a religious person, are allowed to dictate how the money you steal from me via taxes, can be spent in support of religion at publicly funded schools? Ah. I see. A theocratic slaver.

  • http://www.smnc-base.org/wp/ WelderChick

    Why are three secular quotes being added while there’s only one Christian one? There should be only 1 secular quote added and no more.

    • Giraffe-Junk

      I couldn’t agree with you more, everyone gets exactly the same treatment. There should be one Christian quote, one Secular quote, one Hindu quote, one Satanist quote, one Flying Spaghetti Monster quote, one Buddhist quote, one Rastafarianism quote, one Judaic quote, one Islamic quote, after all this is a nation with the freedom to choose your own religion and it isn’t for the government to discriminate on that basis.

      Maybe after the Secular quote is put in there, the next religion can sue for it’s inclusion.

  • C_Alan_Nault

    It would probably be more effective if the atheist group got to choose what Bible verses were posted on the arches… so many verses in the Bible are never mentioned in Sunday school.

    Here are some suggestions for Bible verses to place on the arches:

    “When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property. ” (Exodus 21:20-21)

    “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.” (Ephesians 6:5)

    ” Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed. If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts. Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them.” (1 Timothy 6:1-2)

    “May the Lord bless everyone who beats your children against the rocks!” (Psalm 137:9)

    “For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.” (Matthew 10:35-36)