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My father, a retired Unitarian minister, sent me this one recently.  Food for thought next time you are faced with a wingnut trying to convince you gays are evil -- or, for that matter, with any other kind of biblical literalism.

Dr. Laura Schlesinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance.  

The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by an East Coast 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 of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

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?

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?

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.

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?

I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath.  Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death.  Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

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?  [see this site for more useful information on this subject]

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?

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?

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?

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, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Originally posted to DC Pol Sci on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 04:03 PM PDT.

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  •  Love it! (5+ / 0-)

    Reminds me of a West Wing episode where President Bartlett said this to a character that was modeled after Dr. Schlesinger.

    Amazing, isn't it? That they really think they can bring up Leviticus.

  •  But you haven't dealt with the New Testament (0+ / 0-)

    We shall overcome, someday.

    by Sam Wise Gingy on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 04:04:32 PM PDT

    •  If you really want me to... (1+ / 0-)
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      Bodean

      ...you can check out this site, but I really don't intend to start another one of these atheism vs. Christianity wars.  We've got enough flame wars going on right now that we don't need to resurrect previous ones.

      Four hundred years ago, we were all illegal aliens according to the Comanche.

      by DC Pol Sci on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 04:13:36 PM PDT

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    •  This is not dealing with the NT I guess, (1+ / 0-)
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      but it works for me.  Many years ago I heard my father talking to a man who was cursing "queers," which was the term of hatred in use in the 1950's.  My father asked him why he felt so strongly and the man quoted something from the Bible.  My father said something like this,"That is what Paul said and that is Paulianity, not Christianity.  Jesus said love thy neighbor as thyself.  So you can side with Paul if you want but as for me I'll stick with Jesus Christ."

      If you don't have an earth-shaking idea, get one, you'll love building a better world.

      by hestal on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 05:34:29 PM PDT

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      •  but Paul also said.... (0+ / 0-)

        Love of money is the root of all evil.

        What part of all evil don't these people understand?  

      •  People who quote the Bible should read it (0+ / 0-)

        If you are atheist or non-Christian, then of course this doesn't apply.

        But if your Father believes in the New Testament (specifically the book of Acts), then he (and you) should know that Christ appeared to Paul and personally chose him to carry his message to all nations.

        •  My father and I believe in facts and wisdom. (0+ / 0-)

          There is evidence that Jesus existed.  There is none that Paul existed.  And there is none that Christ appeared to Paul.  Remember God called George W. Bush to become President, according to George W. Bush.  There have been thousands and thousands of cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men who have claimed to have been called by Jesus, or God, or... to carry out works in the name of some divinity.  Just because they say it is so does not make it so.  Because Paul's message is so stained with hatred and because of his purported history pre-vision, then anything he says, whoever wrote the words, is suspect.  He sounds to me, whoever he was, if he was, as someone who was trying to build a multi-level marketing organization, for his own pesonal benefit.  So no, I don't "know that Christ appeared to Paul and personally chose him to carry his message to all nations" -- and no one else does either.  There may be people who choose to believe that story but no one "knows" it to be true.  Faith is not truth and it is not knowing.  It is a deliberate act of choosing to believe that is often accompanied, maybe always accompanied, by self-directed suspension of rationality.  Not that there is anything wrong with that.

          If you don't have an earth-shaking idea, get one, you'll love building a better world.

          by hestal on Mon Jul 17, 2006 at 03:51:59 AM PDT

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    •  Schlesinger is Jewish (0+ / 0-)

      so this line of questioning wouldn't need to include any NT references (BTW - the NT doesn't refer to homosexuals at all, with the exception of the Centurion and his pais.)

      January 20. 2009 cannot come soon enough.

      by Crisis Corps Volunteer on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 06:56:39 PM PDT

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  •  Here's what i don't get (7+ / 0-)

    "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; such a thing is an abomination."

    Is it saying that bisexual women shouldn't sleep with men?

    Look at these people! They suck each other! They eat each other's saliva and dirt! -- Tsonga people of southern Africa on Europeans kissing.

    by upstate NY on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 04:06:19 PM PDT

  •  this is funny (5+ / 0-)

    I love this. I heard it on the Stephanie Miller show. Awesome.

    My favorite:

    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?

    I like to think of Armando as our MetaBeetlejuice......

    by Buffalo Girl on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 04:06:27 PM PDT

  •  Awesome. (1+ / 0-)
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    DC Pol Sci

    Nicely done. Or nicely done job of letter collecting.  ANt anyrate, this made my night.

  •  Your timing is PERFECT!! (1+ / 0-)
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    DC Pol Sci

    :D

    If Congress treats Bush's shredding of the consitution as inconsequential, then we'll give them an insurgency they soon won't forget.

    by ejbr on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 04:10:26 PM PDT

  •  One more question for Dr. Laura (3+ / 0-)
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    DC Pol Sci, Ky DEM, righteousbabe

    I'm a Christian and I laughed so hard at this, tears have dripped all over my shiny new laptop.  Am I going to hell, or is this one of those 'misdemeanor' sins like heterosexual fornication and divorce?

    FreeRepublic.com...also known as '1001 ways to say "Me too!"'

    by cowgirl on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 04:12:26 PM PDT

  •  And if God hates gays (2+ / 0-)
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    Ari Mistral, slksfca

    ...why did he make THIS guy...

    ...Pope? (Yes. Those ARE Prada shoes!)

    I figure God MUST have a sense of humor

  •  an oldie but a goody (2+ / 0-)
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    of course the problem is that leviticus is anything but clear on its face.  

    You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

    OK, the definition of "abomination" aside, that's fairly clear to me as a hetero male.  but now try reading it as a hetero female.  not so clear anymore, is it?  now try it as an exclusively gay man, and finally as a militant lesbian.  

    doesn't say what you thought it said at all, does it?  

    politics is a war of ideas; those who do not embrace this are no realists

    by zeke L on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 04:14:36 PM PDT

  •  One problem (0+ / 0-)

    These would all be great points to bring up with Dr Laura, since she is Jewish, but they won't help you with most "wingnuts". Why? Because most of them are Christians, and your examples are entirely from the Old Testament.
    Under the New Testament, these old rules were superceded, but the condemnation of male homosexuality still remained (female homosexuality is NOT directly addressed however), since Paul condemns it in Romans 1:26-27

    •  I don't read Romans that way (1+ / 0-)
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      I think Paul was speaking about pederasty which was a big problem in both Greek and Roman culture.  

      mcjoan is the new Armando

      by TeresaInPa on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 04:31:05 PM PDT

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      •  even weirder than that (1+ / 0-)
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        pederasty was mainstream greek culture, they didn't consider it a problem.  it was considered the normal way to inculcate good values in a young man, abhorrent as we find that today.  but they considered that once a young man reached adulthood he was supposed to grow out of it, and eventually find a boy just hiting puberty to "mentor."  staying in the young man's role as an adult, that they found to be perverted, and some scholars say that paul's rant is almost identical to greek writers denouncing this.

        let's not even get into sparta - those people were seriously messed up.

        in any case, the point that what we consider healthy homosexual relationships between equals wasn't known in paul's day still holds.  plus paul's upbringing as a jew in tarshish would have been extremely puritanical.  and finally the fact that paul himself would be horrified that anyone would take his words and make into some kind of new code of law, as any fundamentalist who's read galatians ougth to know.

        politics is a war of ideas; those who do not embrace this are no realists

        by zeke L on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 04:44:04 PM PDT

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    •  Dr Laura is a Fraud. (1+ / 0-)
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      righteousbabe

      She claims to be orthodox(!) but does not cover her hair and wears sleeveless gowns and such.

      I mean, come on!  If your going to be a hypocrite, at least do it in private without the help of the media!

      Baaaa! Baaaa! :::Chomp!::: Beat Doc! www.wright06.com

      by InquisitiveRaven on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 05:59:57 PM PDT

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    •  He condemns (0+ / 0-)

      idoltery and temple prostitutes.

      January 20. 2009 cannot come soon enough.

      by Crisis Corps Volunteer on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 06:59:04 PM PDT

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      •  Popular view (0+ / 0-)

        That's the popular view among people who are trying to reconcile their modern liberalism with an ancient text. But that's still one hell of a stretch. He condemns "men [who] have become inflamed with lust for one another". He didn't say it applied to temple prostitutes only. I'm also certain that in the ancient world, there was plenty of homosexuality outside of temples.
        I don't have time for a whole analysis here, but notice that he condemns the act, not the person. In other words, simply the act of being "homosexual", but rather the person's behavior, that is condemned.  

  •  am we going to heck? (0+ / 0-)

    We just got back from the Atlanta Aquarium where my whole family and I stuck our hands in the petting pools.  We got to touch rays, sharks, horseshoe crabs, starfish, sea urchins, anemonies, and SHRIMP!  Is touching ok or have we all just doomed ourselves?!?!

  •  Oh, Jeez--I thought you were going to say... (4+ / 0-)
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    ...well, then, screw God.

    Seems a lot simpler than all this pretzel logic with the Holy Babble.  C'mon--that thing's a sociopolitical Rohrschach blot.  Showing its moral emptiness, self-contradiction and general uselessness is shooting fish in a barrel.  

    Better just to say that any God that can't get behind love--any kind of love--is a fucked-up godform and should go find some other universe to plague.  So sez I.

    What a sad time it is when 2/3 of the country hates America.

    by Dracowyrm on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 04:16:57 PM PDT

  •  Re: On literalism... (1+ / 0-)
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    smintheus

    Which 10 Commandments are people supposed to follow and have posted on all government property?  Is it Exodus 20:2-17

    1 And God spoke all these words:

       2 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

       3 "You shall have no other gods before [a] me.

       4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments.

       7 "You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

       8 "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

       12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

       13 "You shall not murder.

       14 "You shall not commit adultery.

       15 "You shall not steal.

       16 "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

       17 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."

       18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die."

    ...or Exodus 34:11-26?

    10 Then the LORD said: "I am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the LORD, will do for you. 11 Obey what I command you today. I will drive out before you the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 12 Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you. 13 Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and cut down their Asherah poles. [a] 14 Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

       15 "Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land; for when they prostitute themselves to their gods and sacrifice to them, they will invite you and you will eat their sacrifices. 16 And when you choose some of their daughters as wives for your sons and those daughters prostitute themselves to their gods, they will lead your sons to do the same.

       17 "Do not make cast idols.

       18 "Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Abib, for in that month you came out of Egypt.

       19 "The first offspring of every womb belongs to me, including all the firstborn males of your livestock, whether from herd or flock. 20 Redeem the firstborn donkey with a lamb, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem all your firstborn sons.
         "No one is to appear before me empty-handed.

       21 "Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.

       22 "Celebrate the Feast of Weeks with the firstfruits of the wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the turn of the year. [b] 23 Three times a year all your men are to appear before the Sovereign LORD, the God of Israel. 24 I will drive out nations before you and enlarge your territory, and no one will covet your land when you go up three times each year to appear before the LORD your God.

       25 "Do not offer the blood of a sacrifice to me along with anything containing yeast, and do not let any of the sacrifice from the Passover Feast remain until morning.

       26 "Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the LORD your God.
         "Do not cook a young goat in its mother's milk."

       27 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel." 28 Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—the Ten Commandments.

    Clap louder! That'll help everything.

    by Viktor on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 04:35:38 PM PDT

    •  one question (3+ / 0-)
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      DC Pol Sci, Ari Mistral, dsteele2

      is the symbol of the cross an idol or graven likeness? sure looks that way to my eyes.

      crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

      by wu ming on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 04:39:39 PM PDT

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      •  Does 'redeem' mean what I think it means here? (0+ / 0-)

        19 "The first offspring of every womb belongs to me, including all the firstborn males of your livestock, whether from herd or flock. 20 Redeem the firstborn donkey with a lamb, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem all your firstborn sons.

        I thought child sacrifice was abolished when Abraham was forbidden to sacrifice Isaac?

        •  jesus saves sinners... (1+ / 0-)
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          The Gryffin

          and redeems them for valuable cash prizes!

          for livestock it means what you think - the animal would at some point be brought to the temple as a sacrifice, and the priests and levites and maybe the other people in attendance would eat the meat, IIRC.

          for firstborn sons it refers to circumcision.  that tradition ties into both the isaac story and passover, when god spared the firstborn hebrew boys.  but the trade apparently was that the firstborn sons were considered "dedicated" to god in some fashion.

          disclaimer: i am not a rabbi.  YMMV.

          politics is a war of ideas; those who do not embrace this are no realists

          by zeke L on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 05:11:07 PM PDT

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        •  Although child sacrifice was generally abolished, (0+ / 0-)

          a child was still commanded to be stoned if he talks back to his parent(s). Not truly practiced today but was a commanded punishment by God nonetheless.

      •  only if it's a crucifix (2+ / 0-)
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        wu ming, Ari Mistral

        ...like those heathen papists use ;^)

        but in seriousness, it's a symbol, is the normal answer.  if you bow down to the cross itself and worship it as [a] god, then you've got a problem.  muslims of course take this even further, and most of them would consider even our stained glass windows with illustrations of bible stories and such to be idolatry.  that's why they decorate mosques and buildings with geometric patterns and stylized arabic quotes from the qur'an.

        but carving out a giant block of granite in the form of the ten commandments and carting it around the country so that people can bow down to it, now that's a graven image.

        politics is a war of ideas; those who do not embrace this are no realists

        by zeke L on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 05:02:43 PM PDT

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        •  exactly (1+ / 0-)
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          there's no way that thing isn't a graven image. the way they talk of desecration of the flag, i would tend to call it an idol too, and their nationalism a false god.

          but then i'm a cranky atheist, so what do i know.

          all i'm sayin' is that wearing golden crucifixes round one's neck and putting them behind the altar in houses of worship seems to be creeping towards idolatry. the muslims got the 4th commandment right IMO. besides, those geometric designs are beautiful.

          crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

          by wu ming on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 05:17:05 PM PDT

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    •  If You Are Only Supposed to Worship God... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...how do you explain Corvettes?

      Baaaa! Baaaa! :::Chomp!::: Beat Doc! www.wright06.com

      by InquisitiveRaven on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 05:58:00 PM PDT

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    •  There being 613 in actuality, (0+ / 0-)

      I think all courthouses should display all of them. We can't discriminate under the Constitution, now can we?

  •  Leviticus is silent about lesbians (1+ / 0-)
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    so I wonder how Dr.Laura would answer that

    and since the literal injunction is not to lie with a man as you would with a woman, and since the wingnuts are apparently literalists therefore you are prohibited from having sex with a man's vagina  -- if you can find a man who has one.

    Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH!

    by teacherken on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 04:37:51 PM PDT

    •  Of course! (1+ / 0-)
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      zeke L

      How could "property" be expected to know better.  Besides, guys always like to watch, and I'll bet that hasn't changed in 5000 years...

      Men are pigs.

      Dana Curtis Kincaid Ad Astra per Aspera! http://www.angrytoyrobot.blogspot.com The enemy is not man, the enemy is stupidity.

      by angrytoyrobot on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 05:10:08 PM PDT

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  •  Homeland (1+ / 0-)
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    Bodean

    being gay I cant wait till we get our own heavily armed city-state with the ability to punish .

  •  hilarious (1+ / 0-)
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    esquimaux

    I love it when people try to pick which parts of the bible they are going to follow. I remember the priest at my grammar school explaining why abortion was bad but the death penalty was okay. I think the church has now said the death penalty is bad too, but I'm not sure.

  •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

    for the link,DC Pol Sci.

    Interesting.
  •  Thank your father for us (0+ / 0-)

    and thanks for sharing -- this is really very funny.

  •  Would I also be smitten (0+ / 0-)

    if I grilled shrimp rather than steak?

    Best,

    mikolo

  •  Easy answers (3+ / 0-)
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    mikolo, blueoasis, PerryA

    I know you are just trying to make fun of religion, but many take this seriously. In that spirit here are the answers:

    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?

    No. Banishment should suffice.

    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?

    This all depends. Is she hot?

    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.

    A trained dog works for me.

    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?

    Your friend is wrong. You can own Canadians, especially if they speak French and are from Quebec.

    I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath.  Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death.  Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

    It is always better to do these things with a bunch of friends. Afterwards you can have a barbeque.

    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?  [see this site for more useful information on this subject]

    An abomination is an abomination in my book. Your friend is wrong, again.

    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?

    Rabbis have argued over this for generations. I may be a Jew, but I am not a rabbi, so I can't answer this. However most reformed congregations do allow wearing glasses.

    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?

    As usual, stoning is always preferred.

    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?

    Yes, but they can not be pigskin gloves, of course. Cotton will do just fine.

    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)

    Sorry, but private burnings are not allowed for agricultural violations. Why does your aunt wear polyester?

    I hope this helps.

    A liberal is a man so broadminded he wouldn't take his own side in an argument........Robert Frost

    by mjshep on Sun Jul 16, 2006 at 06:42:19 PM PDT

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