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    In her radio show, Dr Laura Schlesinger 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 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 Laws and how to follow them.

    1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may 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?

    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. 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?

    5. 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, or should I ask the police to do it?

    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. Professor Emeritus, Dept. Of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

    University of Virginia
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  • #2
    An Open Letter to Dr. Laura — provenance?

    Great article, Graeme — with a bit of history, too, as you will see...

    An Open Letter to Dr. Laura

    Yurica Report Editor's Note: May 5, 2009. According to an article signed by Barbara Mikkelson, dated September 5, 2007, this now famous "letter" was attributed to James M. Kauffman, Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia, in error.

    We apologise for mistakenly perpetuating this error. However, we have not been able to verify the authorship. In 2003, Jane Kansas, a reporter of the Halifax Daily News presented the piece in her column as her own and was subsequently fired. J. Kent Ashcraft or Kent Ashcraft claims that he is the author with several others who assisted him on a portion. Nevertheless, by May of 2000 the letter made its way into a number of newspapers, including the Knoxville News-Sentinel and the Seattle Weekly.

    Regardless of the authorship, however, and as Mikkelson points out, the letter reveals a startling logical flaw in the "homosexuality is wrong" debate that relies on biblical law.

    For, as Mikkelson stated it, "If homosexuality is wrong because it goes against God's law as outlined in the Bible, why aren't any number of activities now viewed as innocuous but once regarded as unacceptable also offenses against God's law?" This is a powerful argument for Christians, Jews and non-believers. ...
    Source: YuricaReport.com And a very worthwhile read IMO whether it's by Professor Kauffman or not.

    Peter Aranyi
    Peter Aranyi
    Blog: www.ThePaepae.com


    • #3
      I think people read the bible and find whatever they want in it to reinforce their beliefs.

      People do this all day every day in all sorts of ways. I'm sure I do it myself.
      Squadly dinky do!


      • #4
        The Bible has something for everyone... even us people who want to sell their women into slavery.
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        • #5
          More of the urban legend
          story to be found here, too.


          • #6
            even us people who want to sell their women into slavery.
            1 You'd have to ask your wife permission to sell her into slavery.
            2 One form of slavery is much like another.
            3 Most men don't have the back bone or other vital bits of equipment, to be strong enough to sell their wives into slavery.

            *stands back and waits for guano to hit rotating device*
            Patience is a virtue.


            • #7
              Most men don't have the back bone or other vital bits of equipment
              If mine did before he sold me, he certainly wouldn't after!

              Plus, who could afford me? Sheesh!


              • #8
                Check the facts ...

                Originally posted by Perry View Post
                More of the urban legend story to be found here, too.
                Good spotting, Perry! Thanks.

                Yes, there's a little too much, um, 'willingness to believe' demonstrated by some.

                People just seem to accept what they read. Hmpf. (Sounds a bit cynical of me to say it, I know.)

                Peter Aranyi
                Last edited by Perry; 09-11-2009, 10:49 PM. Reason: Moderation
                Peter Aranyi
                Blog: www.ThePaepae.com