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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Eilish
Dec. 22, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Anouck

1) You don't have to believe in the Holy Spirit for Him to work in your life. In fact, no one believes any amount of the Bible until the Spirit works in him/her first. My faith is not my own; I did not conjure it up myself; it was given to me. So just because you don't believe now, doesn't mean the Spirit won't change your heart later. It also doesn't mean that the Spirit will ever choose to change your at all.

2) You are correct to question why some Christians look at OT Law and say that it no longer applies or is outdated. All of Scripture applies and is not outdated - Christ never came to abolish the Law but to fulfill the means by which we receive atonement. However, the entirety of Scripture is not one continuous command from God. Some books in the Bible are meant merely for historical documentation; to just tell us what happened during certain times. This is part of the reason why we see Israel sometimes practicing pagan customs. It's not because God command the practice of pagan customs, it is because what you are reading is a historical account showing us that the Jews were incapable of obeying the Law perfectly - there is a very intentional reason for this.

3) When reading Scripture, if you are going to depend on human logic and reason then, yes, you will be offended by what you read. Human reason is counterintuitve to God's reason. This is a result of the fall into sin. Human reason runs in complete opposition to God's reason, and therefore is offensive to human beings who are not given understanding from the Spirit.

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Anouck
Dec. 22, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Eilish, thanks for the explanation, I appreciate it. But your last paragraph pretty much solidifies that you and I are never going to see eye to eye on this one. Because I happen to think that human beings are perfectly capable of having morals, a sense of right and wrong, and basically being GOOD people without any deity telling them to be so.  And if MY sense of right and wrong (as in, I believe everybody deserves the same civil rights, regardless of their race, gender, or sexual orientation), based on logic and the plain old facts of life, is the exact opposite of God's... Then well, I'm just going to have to say God is wrong, and I'm not going to be a bigot, racist or sexist because that's what he tells me to be. An exaggeration, I know, but hopefully you get my point.

And for the record, I'm fine with my heart the way it is now. I'm a good person, I'm a compassionate person, I have a strong sense of fairness and justice, and I don't need any spirit to compell me to be any of those things. I was raised Catholic, so I've been on that side of the fence too. It just isn't for me. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.

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Eilish
Dec. 22, 2009 at 2:47 PM

To each there own Anouck, I didn't really think we would see eye to eye, and so I did not get into the depth of the explanation of the law. I could say more about what you've stated above, but as i stated earlier, I'm not interested in an argument.

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Lindalu2
Dec. 22, 2009 at 2:49 PM

I am amused at those who keep insisting that these are God's laws. They are "laws" created by men and were designed to fulfill their needs and agendas. Anyone who thinks God spoke to anyoneand they wrote down God's words is just living on wishful thinking./ Men/women do create what they want.....even if it doesn't make sense now and never did. JMO. Does anyone else have the strength to admit that ?This wonderfully funny and realistic post just reinforces what I believe!

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sati7...
Dec. 24, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Eilish

if god hates homosexuality soooo much, why are there Gay animals in nature? they dont have a soul to be able to SIN against God. they are only as HE made them. If he hates homosexuality sooo much, wouldnt he have NOT make some animals capable of lifelong gay partnerships? IE wolves, swans etc

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Eilish
Dec. 29, 2009 at 8:17 PM

 sati769leigh

God created man for entirely different purpose than He created animals. He created man for a personal relationship with Him, whereas the animals He did not. Homosexuality (and all other acts of sexual immorality) defiles the relationship between God and man. Animals have no relationship with God and therefore cannot defile anything with God. Furthermore the Law was not established for the animals. It was established for man.


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hatinnd
Jan. 2, 2010 at 5:14 PM

This is HILARIOUS!  I saw something like this on utube.  Someone said "Well, THAT no longer applies".   The athiest asked  "Well, how  do I know which ones apply and which don't?  Is there an asterisk or something I need to look for?"

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Jacki...
Jan. 3, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Thanks for posting this. I *absolutely love* when the supercilious religious right get their dander up about stuff like this.

It's good to know they will spend the rest of their unhappy little lives wrapped around the axle about important stuff - like defending Dr. Laura's reputation - and the superiority in the religious pecking order of man to animals.

I know I've been wondering if my dog (who eats her own poo) was closer to G-d than me...

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