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Elwenil said:
But my point is that charging interest in "islam" is a deadly sin and yet charging a fee is not? Is it not the same damn thing?
Yes. No. Maybe. The devil is in the details, I suppose. :)

On the surface, Lanty, it would appear the Islamic-style structure is much less inherently greedy, however.

Getting back to usury, here's the Wiki article, obviously written from a Christian perspective...

The Hebrew term for usury is "ribbit"...

Gee, I wonder if "ribbit" and the English word "rabbit" share a common origin since they both tend to multiply excessively. HMMMM... LOL ;D
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