God dignifies all of humanity, and asks us to do the same. even (perhaps especially?) those who are different.
tracing the overarching narrative of scripture, one can see even in the midst of the evolving jewish understanding of the character of God a progression or evolution in the elevation of the Other –
‘You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.’
‘You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry.’
‘Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.‘