Friday, May 23, 2008

Dear Dr. Laura

""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 I 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 him 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 specific laws and how to best follow them.

a) 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?

b) 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?

c) 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.

d) 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?

e) 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?

f) 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?

g) 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?

h) 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) 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?

j) 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.

Your devoted disciple and adoring fan.""

Long have I studied and read the bible. I grew up in a church. But, I grew out of it as soon as I found and learned that the world has much more to offer than pedantic details about how a faith of religion should be defended. It is my belief that if something that is deemed "good for all" should have to be defended by a continuous moral contradiction of people to which the book is a symbol of protection, then it is best to move on and find something else to have faith in.

Not to mention that more people have died in the name of religion, ever, than for any other purpose ... simply because a "book" told them to ...

More people have been rendered inadequate to inhabit the earth simply because a "book" said they were ...

A "book" that has more refutable details to proof that anything ever actually happened, NOT by word of mouth of a God through the hand of a human ... not to mention that it was a group of HUMANS that decided which books were actually "supposed" to belong in the Bible, while others were deemed inadequate (one purportedly written by a woman, and one by a black man ...)

Innocuous vs. unacceptable? That is a vacuous statement made by the Vatican, in answer to Biblical contradictions ... Unacceptable indeed ...

I am neither Athiest nor Agnostic, but I do not believe in idol worship for faith based religion for exactly this reason (this letter and hundreds of contradictions in print and via Vatican word of mouth) ...

It is not just limited to the Christian bible, but all idolized religions ... it is not religion I dislike, rather how it is used and to what ends ...

Respect is taken, when respect is given ...

Namaste and Slainte

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