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  •  Every cleanshaven man who uses Leviticus... (14+ / 0-)

    ...to condemn homosexuality needs to explain why it's ok for him to violate Leviticus 19:27.

    Or even more broadly, anyone who uses Leviticus to condemn homosexuality need to explain why they don't observe God's holy days as mandated by the book of Leviticus. It's my experience that they usually don't even know what the Feast of Tabernacles and the like are, let alone do they actually observe them as God commands in the book.

    •  There's some dispute about 19:27, actually (3+ / 0-)
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      but your point is nonetheless a cogent one.

      (Some say that it refers only to shaving the temples, not shaving the face; others say it refers to shaving the head as a custom of mourning; I think there are a few further opinions on the meaning.  Current Orthodox interpretation does not hold that shaving the face is forbidden.  Hasidic or "ultra-Orthodox" do not shave their faces in practice, but I don't know if that's because they consider it actually prohibited or only because it's a custom.)

      •  Either way... (12+ / 0-)

        ...it's ludicrous to think God, what with all the cancer and famine and war in the world, would give a rat's ass about dudes' facial hair. It truly is nothing but humans trying to micromanage other humans' behavior, not a missive from God.

        •  well (3+ / 0-)
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          God, what with all the cancer and famine and war in the world, would give a rat's ass about dudes' facial hair.
          any evidence that God gives a rat's ass about cancer and famine and war in the world?

          at least the magical book says he cares about facial hair...

          As my father used to say,"We have the best government money can buy."

          by BPARTR on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 01:15:40 PM PST

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        •  Context is significant here. (4+ / 0-)
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          Prof Haley, DvCM, The Marti, NonnyO

          It isn't just about micro-managing.  Keep in mind that these laws were only ever originally intended to apply to the Israelites; a lot of them, possibly including this one, were and are -- or seem to be -- primarily for the purpose of keeping this one people distinct from all others.  Quite a few laws in Leviticus say explicitly: don't do this thing because it is a thing that the other local nations do.

          Whether or not one considers this a worthy purpose -- or, for that matter, whether or not one considers these laws a good way to achieve that purpose -- given the concept of a "chosen people," it isn't a ludicrous one.

    •  I heard of this guy (0+ / 0-)

      who had Leviticus 18:22 tattooed on his bicep. Nice ... he just violated Leviticus 19:28!

      "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

      by TLS66 on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 07:01:46 AM PST

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