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Re: [atheists-69] (fwd) Abominations

From: Alex
Sent on: Thursday, June 21, 2007 6:14 PM
It's been around for years; earlier versions have mentioned other right-wing
religious fanatics such as Bill Bennett and Jerry Falwell.  I saw versions
of it on-line before Aaron Sorkin incorporated it into that West Wing
episode, but it was a great scene nonetheless.

On 6/19/07 6:45 PM, "jlaz" <[address removed]> wrote:

> This mail is floating around.  It's similar to that West Wing episode I think
> where Martin
> Sheen went through this type of speech.
> Abominations
> On  her radio show recently, Dr Laura Schlesinger said that 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.
> 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 Law and  how to follow them.
> 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  neighbors. They
> claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite  them?
> 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.  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?
> 5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the  Sabbath. Exodus 35:2.
> The passage clearly states he should be put to death.  Am I morally
> obligated to kill him myself?
> 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.
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