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Open letter to Dr. Laura


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It was 50/50 whether this went in the Official Hangout Forum or here, but since this has some political overtones and implications I put it here. If a mod doesn't agree, feel free to move it.

 

The backdrop: On one of her radio programs, Dr. Laura stated that according to Leviticus 18:22, homosexuality is an abomination and it cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. James M. Kaufman, a faculty member at the University of Virginia, sent the following letter asking her advice on other isolated scriptures that have implications for everyday life.

 

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?
  1. 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?
  1. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual unseemliness – Lev. 15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offence.
  1. 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?
  1. 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?
  1. 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?
  1. 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?
  1. 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?
  1. 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?
  1. 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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Such a letter betrays the writer's ignorance. This is the equivalent of a young earth creationist writing a biologist and asking if he really believes his ancestors were monkeys.

 

Obviously uneducated, too.

 

The way I see it, Schlessinger cherry picked a single passage of scripture to justify her own viewpoint. The writer of the letter pointed out how senseless this is by doing the same thing himself and throwing it back at her.

 

Some scriptures can only be interpreted one way (such as the Ten Commandments). Others require context.

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