I got a kick out of this, lol.  I love the way it's written, lol.  Wish I could claim it as my own, but it's not my work :).

EDIT: this may or may not have been written to Dr. Laura... either way, take the message for what it's worth - don't let the "source" get in the way, lol.  Some sources claim this letter was written to someone else, but the message is a general one for everyone who reads it.


Dr Laura Schlessinger ("Dr Laura") broadcasts a 3 hour long, radio program each weekday on a network of over 500 radio stations in the U.S. and Canada and has an estimated audience of 20 million people. She holds a Ph.D. in physiology (study of the functions of living matter), not psychology as some assume.

In her radio show, Dr Laura Schlesinger has 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 was posted on the internet and is best regarded as an essay clearly meant for a wider audience than just Dr Laura. It is a general reminder that many belief systems pick and choose their way through biblical teachings in determining what is "right" and "wrong". Authorship has been attributed to several, but remains unconfirmed.

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 neighbouring 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 neighbours. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

5. I have a neighbour 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.



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rjpet...
Dec. 22, 2009 at 1:31 PM

When did Dr. Laura claim to Orthodox? I never heard that.

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Eilish
Dec. 22, 2009 at 1:37 PM

This might be funny to people who don't understand OT Law and its purpose. I guess that's why I didn't laugh at this one. (And i am not a fan of Dr. Laura)

eye rolling

 

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Anouck
Dec. 22, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Eilish, then please explain. Because for the life of me, I don't understand why you can claim some of those laws are valid, and others are not, solely based on your own convenience.

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mommy...
Dec. 22, 2009 at 1:52 PM

I have a few questions for Christians who are upset by this...

First, at one point in time the God you say that is loving and kind was OK with women being treated as second class citizens and as property. Even if it's not OK now, you're God once thought it was. Why?

Second, at one point in time your God was OK with slavery, but no longer is. Why did he change on that one too?

Third, why do you choose to worship someone who, before Christ came to the earth, was honestly not all that loving or kind and wrote of numerous laws that would be considered wrong today?

At one point in time, your God supported these things, how can you love someone who is supposedly perfect but had such flawed laws?

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mlreg...
Dec. 22, 2009 at 2:00 PM

I have argued these points with my inlaws... When people have their mind made up about something they aren't likey to change it...

Great post.

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Eilish
Dec. 22, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Anouck

I could attempt to explain this, however, understanding may not come to you. Only the Holy Spirit can convict hearts on the truth of Scripture. If you are truly interested in knowing the truth of the law, then I will do my best to explain it, and pray that the Spirit gives you the understanding. But I am not going to start an argument.

mommy_lisa25

I am not so much upset by this, as I am just not humored by it. I understand that the author of this "letter" is trying to show the "irony" and "hypocrisy" of OT laws and how Christians clearly do not follow ALL of these laws, but I again reiterate that even the laws stated above were not given by an overbearing and finicky god who had nothing better to do than contradict himself. There are actually three purposes to God's Law that have less to do with obedience and more to do with God's grace. There are also many Jewish laws that were instituted by the Pharisees which were contradictions to God's Law, but you would only know this if you read the OT Scripture in context.

As for your questions, I love God because He first loved me; I have faith because the gift was granted to me by the Holy spirit, and I forgive others because Christ gave the final atonement for my sin.

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Anouck
Dec. 22, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Eilish, I don't want an argument either, but if any holy spirit is required for me to make sense of this, it's definitely not going to happen, since I don't believe in any of that. All I can go by is logic and facts. And it's not logical for people to say "this is wrong because God said so" about some things, but then to say "well, this is outdated, so it doesn't apply any more" about other things. ESPECIALLY not when their cherry picking what to believe and what not to believe leads to denying a large group of people their basic CIVIL rights (note, this has nothing to do with religion in the first place).

I AM truly interested to know why some things in the old testament are considered "true", and some aren't. After all, if it really is the word of God, all of it should be set in stone, no? But since I don't believe in God, and since I believe the entire bible was written/modified/parts deleted/meanings twisted by mankind for centuries, I guess I'll never be able to understand.

So I guess, yet again, I'll just have remain in a state of disbelief and disgust.

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older
Dec. 22, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Awesome!

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mommy...
Dec. 22, 2009 at 2:21 PM

The OT is filled with "Gods laws" of sacrificing animals, telling Abraham to kill his son simply to see if he'd obey, and other laws that nowadays would be consider cruel and wrong.

One way or the other, your God supported these laws at one time. How can you claim to follow someone who once thought it OK to do these things? How can you claim he loves when it's apparent all through the OT (which I've read) that he's jealous and spiteful many times over?

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ethan...
Dec. 22, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Dude....I am very pro gay rights but it really annoys the crap out of me when people use faulty biblical examples to try to shun those who are religiously against homosexuality.

I understand the point of the article (I've seen it before), that some people are complete hypocrits when quoting religious morals or philosophy. However there ARE people who still follow the 613 laws of the OT and this artlicle makes light of their beliefs, portrays it in a negative light instead of looking at these quotes objectively or as a person who actually lives these laws does or would.

Theres a way to point out hypocrasy, this (as ammusing as it may seem at face value) is not it. Lets shoot for accuracy people in the struggle of homosexuality and religous teachings.....

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