Dr Laura Schlesinger said that “according to the Bible, homosexuality is an abomination (Leviticus 18:22) and cannot be condoned under any circumstances.”

The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, written by a US resident, and posted on the Internet.  It’s funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned some things from your show and try to share the 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 understand and apply them correctly.
1.  Leviticus 25:44 states that I may 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?
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 neighbors.  They claim the odor is not pleasing to them.  Should I smite them?
5.  I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath.  Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death.  Am I 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’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’m confident you can help.  Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.
Your dedicated fan,
James M. Kauffman,
Ed.D. Professor Emeritus,
University  of   Virginia

P.S.  It would be a damn shame if we couldn’t own a Canadian!

8 comentarios en “HOMOSEXUALITY & THE BIBLE

  1. A mi si me gusto la carta……si la doctora quiere llevar su vida al pie de la letra conforme a la biblia, pues que lo haga con todo, no solo con lo que le conviene. Es ilogico querer aplicar la biblia al pie de la letra en estos tiempos, esta fuera de contexto social, no podemos vivir como se vivia hace 4 mil años……y creo que la respuesta fue una forma muy sarcastica y chistosa de mandarle este mensaje a la doctora.

  2. Setting My Record Straight About Gays
    June 22, 2010 on 12:00 pm | In Acceptance, Character, Homosexuality, Leviticus, PFLAG, Values Email This Post Email This Post
    My blog today has to do with teaching you how to respond to lies. Most importantly, lies about me. At 63 years of age (okay, 63 and a half), I am absolutely blown away by the casual meanness and vulgarity that passes for opinion and discourse. In my early years, if you wrote or verbally gave an argument that had even a tinge of nastiness (forget the vulgarity), both you and your point of view would be flushed…intellectually disqualified. Nowadays though, people feel frighteningly free to criticize with vulgarities, insults, lies, exaggerations, misrepresentations, character assassination and downright ferocious meanness.
    Nothing new here. I’ve been commenting on this for a while, but last night a friend approached me…a friend approached me and asked me how he should handle a particular situation. (I thought I was getting into “Dr. Laura gear”). Somebody had contacted him and challenged him about being my friend because, (and to quote that person) “she hates gays”. For almost a dozen years (I think they’re automatically renewed computer-wise daily…you’ve probably seen it or heard about it), a blog appears under different sources, ostensibly asking me to answer questions about some of the Bible’s entries about slavery, daughters…so forth. It supposes that I ever quoted Leviticus that homosexuality is an abomination. That never happened. I repeat: that never happened. I never said that. I don’t believe that.
    In fact (which they will deny…don’t you love activism?) I was one of the earliest radio hosts to support organizations such as PFLAG (you know, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and other efforts to encourage openness and acceptance of gays in their own families, much less society. But to my surprise (but not naivetë), to many activists, truth is irrelevant when the intent is to rally support through raising passions, especially negative passions. Get people angry and they stop thinking for themselves.
    Here’s the truth: I’m for marriage as a bond between a man and a woman. I’m for children having the benefit of a married mommy and daddy, which by the way also means that you straight women should not intentionally exclude a daddy from your kid’s lives just because you want to be a mommy. But most importantly, you listen every day, you hear I take calls almost daily from gay men and women asking my advice on personal and family matters. These are the people who know the truth about me because, you know what, they actually listen to my daily radio program. They call because they know I can and will help. And every week I receive letters from listeners and fans who are gay and thank me when I take a call or read a letter from another gay listener, and here’s what they think, in their own words (let me get this ready…okay):
    “Thank you for reading the email from the gay gentleman. I’m a gay woman (I don’t like the word ‘lesbian’) [she writes] and listen to you faithfully. I applaud you for protecting children and keeping people on the right path. I echo the feelings of the gay man who emailed you today. I am and have been single for 10 years. I just wanted to let you know how much I agree with you on how to make relationships work. I only wish I had found you before my partner left. If I had, I don’t think she would have ended the relationship. I hope more people in gay relationships will listen to you.”
    Here’s another one:
    “I just heard you read the email over the air from the faithful gay listener. Add me to the column! I’m a gay male in central Virginia who listens to you every day after I get home from work. I’ve been listening regularly for the past three years and I wouldn’t miss it. Gay or straight…white, black, green, purple, or blue…Momma Laura knows how to knock some sense into people’s heads.”
    [Laughs] And, something I saved…something I saved. Here’s a call I got recently from a gay listener [listen to the audio here]
    Caller: Thank you Dr. Laura.
    Dr. L: Thank you.
    Caller: I have to say, right off the bat that I need to apologize to you publicly because I wrote you a nasty-gram under the impression that you were against gay people. And I know better now, so I deeply apologize for that.
    Dr. L: Thank you. How kind of you and thank you very much, and I accept your apology.
    Caller: Thank you.
    In fact, I get (brace yourself) disappointed and angry emails each week from people upset that I help gay callers. I give advice to gays and lesbians who call my show. One radio station dropped me because I give advice to gays and lesbians. Quite openly, I have been personally very hurt over the years with the misrepresentation which has led to a generation of folks who haven’t read my books, haven’t attended a “one-woman show”, haven’t listened to my radio show, yet presumed to know me and what I stand for. Having people believe that I’m a bigot and hate me…and “hate” is the word…is horrible, frustrating, demoralizing and unbelievably painful.
    So my answer to my friend who wanted to know what he should say to people who challenge him being my friend, is to tell those people to listen to my show. I am happy to have any and all draw their own conclusions about me from an informed position, for a change, by listening to my program for a month or two. So there is a lesson in all of this: don’t let anybody tell you how to feel about another person without exploring the situation yourself and don’t waste hate. Save hate for those who…like the Taliban, hang to their necks until dead seven year old children in order to scare a village and take control. That’s where hate ought to go.

  3. Excelente carta.
    No cabe duda que la religión es el opio del pueblo… Basta de vivir dándose golpes de pecho, yendo a misa cada domingo, sin comer carne en semana santa, etc., y siendo pésimas personas. Mejor vivir con base en sentido común respetándonos a nosotros mismos y a lo que nos rodea, usando el cerebro!. Recordemos que la iglesia es responsable de una gigantesca cantidad de crímenes, y no hablo desde tiempos de la inquisición, actualmente todos los pedófilos sueltos por ahí; esos si deberían ir a la hoguera!.

  4. Buenísimo! Claro que no debe resultar gracioso para los muchos que insisten (casi siempre hipócritamente) en que los demás vivamos nuestras vidas según el libro escrito hace 4,000 años por unos alucinados en el desierto.

  5. Hola.
    Creo que los que se sienten afectados por la religión pueden encontrar en la declaración de Laura como lo hace quien escribe una razón para descalificar no sólo la declaración sino a la persona misma.
    A mi si me dio risa la carta, a pesar de ser alguién que cree en la Biblia como la Palabra de Dios no dejo de reconocer la capacidad intelectual de una persona. En cuestion de sarcasmos los he oido de todo tipo y en general me hacen reír.
    En mi vida personal ha sido cuestion de tiempo para darme cuenta como detras de los mandamientos de Dios esta un proposito y un caracter.
    Principalmente Levitico es un libro dirigido al pueblo de Israel para normar su vida. Dios quería hacer de ellos un pueblo separado del resto, distinguido no sólo porque serían el único pueblo que tuvieran un Dios vivo sino que reflejarían la pureza y bondad de ese Dios, no sólo un detalle sino en todo su contexto. Israel era un pueblo formado de esclavos, y es importante recalcar que algunas cosas se les permitieron no por ser correctas sino por la terquedad de ellos.
    La idea era más o menos así, ¿Por qué ustedes no comen camarones? Porque Dios nos ha dicho que no lo hagamos ¿y ustedes por qué lo obedecen? Porque Él nos rescato de Egigpo donde viviamos y padeciamos como esclavos mmm pero entonces si ustedes fueron esclavos ¿Por qué tienen esclavos? este bueno, si tengo esclavos pero Dios nos dijo que no podiamos quedarnos todo el tiempo con ellos, en eso no hemos llegado a un acuerdo nosotros decimos que si pero Él insiste en que no, incluso quiere que los liberemos pagandoles un sueldo, bueno seguimos discutiendo este punto.
    ¿Pero no tienes miedo del castigo de Dios? Claro, claro que si, bueno me voy porque tengo algo más importante que hacer, sabes tengo un pequeño idolo que traje de Egipto y quisiera ir a pedirle su ayuda para la cosecha…
    Dios dio leyes para Israel y hoy sabemos que por ejemplo los camarones son altos en colestorol, lo mismo que el cochino, y asi si tomamos el hecho de que Israel eran un pueblo de esclavos podemos ver como las leyes en realidad eran para educarlos y solo algunas de ellas para distinguirlos.
    Hoy tenemos doctores y maestros que pueden razonar, entonces yo digo si en verdad esto de los matrimonios gays es algo genial, lo veremos en 40 años, pero en 4000 años la humanidad ha demostrado que Dios tiene razón y nosotros estamos equivocados, no es la religión en si misma sino la falta de una relación con un Dios verdadero, en mi opinión basta con voltear a nuestro alrededor o ser muy honestos con nosotros mismos para darnos cuenta que algo anda mal con nosotros, algo anda mal en mi. En 15 años si he podido comparar la vida de personas que no conocen a Dios y la mia, los parametros pueden no ser los correctos pero si noto diferencias en calidad y cantidad, pero así como la ley fue dada al pueblo, creo que la primera decisión es si queremos ser parte de ese pueblo… Mientras tanto, unos y otros vivimos en comunidad, las descalificaciones no nos sirven aunque el sarcasmo sea gracioso, yo creo que es triste aprender en cabeza propia lo que se puede prevenir viendo las vidas de los demas (violaciones, infidelidad, abuso de menores) y esto pasa sin importar que te gusten los hombres o las mujeres por eso 40 años y analicemos.

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