"Charity is commendable, everyone should be charitable. But Justice aims to create a social order in which, if individuals choose not to be charitable, people still don't go hungry, unschooled or sick without care. Charity depends on the vicissitudes of whim and personal wealth, justice depends on commitment instead of circumstance.
Faith-based charity provides crumbs from the table; faith-based justice offers a place at the table"
~Bill Moyers

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Dr. Laura Schlessinger and Leviticus Revisited

I Just added a "Table of Contents Function" To my Blogs, it is easier to browse the posts' titles and dates, well, I was checking out how the TOC worked at "TUYA", viewing it I saw a post which reminded me of the Same-Sex Marriage... I don't even know how to call it, 'brouhaha?' or 'much ado about nothing?', the one I like the best for being the most descriptive is: 'the supreme exercise in christian hypocrisy', but whatever I call it, when I think about it, I get a wicked fascination and gratefulness at their showing to all the world, the best example of what I have been saying for years.

Anyway, I saw the post titled "Dr. Laura Schlessinger and Leviticus" published Monday, February 25, 2008, I thought that 10 months later was still current and timely so I decided to dust it up and share it again.

This piece came to me via email, it is from a man who identified himself as 'Jim', this message really made the internet rounds at the time, so I never did determined if this was his real name or anything else about the author, the piece was so well written and, albeit it dealt with very serious matters, I found it as hilarious then as I do now.

Funny as it is, this is a very serious matter, indeed, when we just endured the sad spectacle of three States changing their Constitution to ban 'same-sex marriage' on the basis that it goes contrary to 'God's Law'.

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by an east coast resident, which was posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative and thought-provoking:

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 of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

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?

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?

I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanness - Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

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?

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?

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?

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?

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 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?

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 fan,
Posted by Aurora at 3:55 PM

Many, many christians are what Jesus of Nazareth despised the most; Hypocrites.

I always get a kick out of witnessing these ignorant zealots, please forgive the oxymoron, perform what I call 'contortions in logic', 'intellectual acrobatics' and 'spiritual masturbation', oooooh, I love to say these terms which so aptly describe what these christians are doing in this and other religious issues, I love to say them, they are so accurately descriptive and kind of poetic, c'mon, say it with me, slowly, 'contortions in logic, intellectual acrobatics and spiritual masturbation', ooooooooooh.

There is another expression that I run into while researching another huge example of christian hypocrisy, DIVORCE!!! THE BIGGEST KILLER OF HETEROSEXUAL MARRIAGE, THE REAL THREAT TO THE 'SANCTITY OF CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE' (I need to make a pause here to have a few guffaws'

As I was saying... I found a post with a very long title of which I selected the first few words and an excerpt of it (immediately below), it was posted on a Blog Titled: "Thoughts Of A Conservative Christian" who, as is the case with most of us, has at least a tinge of what we accuse others of, here is a quote he?, she?, has in this post "Those of us who still believe the Bible is the rule book for marriage, sexuality, moral character and church discipline must confront this craziness."", the post's title starts with "The Fuzzy-Wuzzy World of Charismatic Morality –Christian leaders who flippantly divorce..."

Then we have Bishop Thomas Weeks III, the estranged husband of celebrity preacher Juanita Bynum. Their marriage crashed and burned last August when she accused him of beating her in an Atlanta hotel parking lot. Weeks and Bynum have continued preaching since they announced plans to divorce, and Weeks told Gospel Today magazine last month that he’s looking forward to finding wife No. 3 while he continues to oversee several churches. When asked what he needed to change, the bow-tied preacher replied: "I have to take vacations."

In my research on divorce, I found out that a lot of criticism on it is coming from fundamentalist christians which focus not in divorce itself, but in divorce among christian leaders (Classic christan selectiveness), here is a post which still focuses and makes the point that some denominations, i. e., 'liberal', have a higher divorce rate than others, including the baptists with a very high rate of it, the post goes on to absolve sinners but stops short of agreeing that leaders who divorce should continue in their ministry, but I believe that what he is saying is that for members of the congregation it is ok to divorce and marry again, shouldn't the prescription they suggest for gays apply to them? they say that Homosexuality itself is not a sin, but homosexual acts are, so, be celibate and spend a lifetime without a special person in your life - when a divorcee remarries, isn't he/she committing adultery? Here is a comment on this post "'voice crying in the wilderness' Says: August 23, 2007 at 6:35 pm I wonder how my fellow christians can get a divorce and remarry and not think they’re committing adultery"

Here is the title to the post I just mentioned Divorce Is Rampant Among Christian Leaders, see what I mean?

Post after christian post, they focus on divorce by preachers and ministers and very little in divorce per se, here is another one on "The Baptist" - "BIBLE TRUMPET For Fundamentalism In South Caroline" What About Divorced Preachers?

How about Evangelical leader John Hagee, remember him? He was the one whose endorsement John McCain sought and got during the Presidential Primaries of this year and later denounced him to separate his campaign from the horrible wackiness of this preacher.

He also weighed in by 'taking action' on this, hmmmm... 'divorce is bad only for preachers' issue, he, he, he.
Hagee, divorced preachers are distant
A pair of divorces among prominent preachers in Florida and San Antonio has prompted evangelical leader John Hagee to cool ties with the two, who are linked through a San Antonio church called the Epicenter.

Rick Hawkins, who founded the Epicenter (until recently called the Family Praise Center), divorced his wife last year. Several months later, TV evangelist Paula White divorced her husband; she later joined the board of directors at Hawkins' church.

But he is not being a hypocrite, is he? Check this out
"Hagee, 67, considered an esteemed veteran in Pentecostal and charismatic circles, divorced his first wife when he was a young pastor and remarried."

Has anybody actually confronted him on this blatant contradiction? (One of many)

Let's just close this post with a few afterthoughts and reminders on divorce, period! While divorce itself it is not adultery (Remember abstinence) remarriage is. (The Patriarchal Bible gives a pass on many things to men, but not on this one)

  1. -Jesus describes divorce and remarriage as an act of adultery. ... Adultery with a married woman (Leviticus 20:10-11; Deuteronomy 22:22-24)

  2. - Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery. (Mark 10:11-12)

  3. - Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery. (Luke 16:18)

  4. - Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. (Hebrews 13:4; see also 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Revelation 21:8)

How about number 4? This is a good one, according to it, "Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled;", I don't see any exceptions for homosexuals listed, so, why are christians opposed to same-sex marriage so same-sex couples can be as honorable as they are?
I may be wrong on the second part of it "but fornicators and adulterers God will judge", shouldn't christians, the self-proclaimed "Guardians of Society's Morals", be at the forefront in pro of same-sex marriage to stop single homosexuals from fornicating? Just a thought.

If anybody ever feels the need to be utterly confused and amused by the logical contortions, intellectual acrobatics and spiritual masturbation of the christians, just check out Leviticus on this and other issues and you will find a plethora of christian examples in hypocrisy.

Aurora Grajeda
SFCA 122808

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