This appears to be a very irreverent attempt to make fun of a serious
subject. It fails to make a distinction between moral law and ceremonial
law, between different Hebrew words translated as abomination, and between
the Lord's covenant people Israel and the United States of America.
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On Wed, 15 May 2002, Shuan Rose wrote:
> T This is from the website, Reluctant Journey. Maybe Kamilla can answer
> these qustions!
> A bit of serious fun that I received not so long ago!
> The following was an open letter which was posted on the internet to a
> radio/tv personality, who had converted to Judaism, and who dispensed
> 'Biblical' advice and who made very unflattering comments about homosexuals,
> "Dear .......
> 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 best to follow them.
> a) When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a
> pleasing odour for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbours. They
> claim the odour 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) Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed 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?
> d) 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? Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?
> e) 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?
> f) 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 room for variation here?
> g) 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?
> h) I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me
> unclean. May I still play football if it means wearing pigskin 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
> Your devoted disciple and adoring fan.
> Shuan Rose, Attorney at Law
> 2632 N Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21218
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