On her radio show recently, Dr Laura Schlesinger said that homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, penned by a US resident, which was posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative:
Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. … End of debate.
I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God's Law and how to follow them.
1. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
4. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?
5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2. The passage clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?
6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there 'degrees' of abomination?
7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?
8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev.19:27. How should they die?
9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.
Your adoring fan,
James M. Kauffman, Ed.D.
Dept. of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
University of Virginia
ahahahahaha :laugh: this is awesome !! the man's written it soo well !! especially the 10th one
Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
and the 8th
How should they die?
i would love to see her answers…....if she can come up with any !
No idea if this is a "chicken or the egg" thing, but I recently found an extremely similar West Wing clip like this:
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I love them, the video clip and the letter!
While this is of course informative and "factual" as far as what the Bible really says, I would point out that the real Christee Crazees will tell you if you argue too much that this is all Old Testament stuff and Christians are bound by the New Testament.
As much as I can't stand Dr. Laura, I don't think she ever claimed to be a theologian. What bothers me is the REAL theologians who know better don't come clean. Like the bit about the two fibers and two crops. Or the real fact that an abomination meant a ritual impurity NOT a mortal sin. Anway, nobody follows ALL this stuff anymore, not even Orthodox Jews unless they are SUPER DUPER conservative and they are getting pretty rare these days.
A very good book for those interested is "What the Bible REALLY says about Homosexuality", I forget the author's name just now but he is or was a Catholic priest. The only point in the whole book I may have a difference with him is with the Sodom story. If one thinks about today, how you usually know your neighbors, if you live in a stable neighborhood; most people would notice a neighbor constantly having strangers over. That is what Lot did, and he himself was an outsider. A parallel might be an Arabic family, in native dress, speaking arabic in an all White neighborhood having lots of out of town guests would attract attention. So the townsmen wanted to KNOW (not in a sexual sense in my view, and statistically in the Bible "know" meant sex only a few times out of hundreds) what was going on at Lot's house. And of course since protecting males from harm, even though they were strangers was much more important than your own daughters, Lot offered them sexually to distract the Townspeople. So it wasn't even a homosexual story at all.