USURY: charging a fee or interest which is exaggerated and obscene on a product or service.


The key words in the political campaigns being waged this year are  “economic inequality.”  It doesn’t matter which party or candidate you choose to check out.  They are all either defending it or blasting it.   Some of the dialogue is passionate and concerned.  Some of it is cruel and uncaring. The point is that the […]

FITNA: a state of trouble or chaos


I read a full-page letter/advertisement from the nation of Turkey in the New York Times the other day in which the writers were committing themselves to continuing friendship and support for the people of Syria.  In the midst of the letter the authors used the word fitna as if to say that this support would exist […]