The dehumanization or demonization of the other, whether it is of a stranger or of an enemy or of a political adversary, is the first precondition for the inhumane treatment of others.
Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 19:14; KJV)
It is I. I am he who wipes out your transgressions, and your sins I will not remember. (Isa. 43:25)
The above image shows a young refugee girl at the Suda refugee camp on the Greek island of Chios. Photograph by Mstyslav Chernov courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.