63% of Americans say that the Bible is literally true. Those who rely on the Bible to condemn and harass gays often point to the book of Leviticus. If that is a worthy strategy, let’s follow everything the Bible teaches us, including everything from Leviticus, right?
The following excerpts are from a list that is commonly posted on the internet. According to this site, the writer addressed his letter to conservative radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger after Schlessinger relied to justify her disparagement of gays. I double-checked each of these citations to the Bible before posting this. The writer is right on the money with his comments:
- 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.
- 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?
- I have a neighbour 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?
- 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?
- 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? [Dwarfs and people with bad backs are also forbidden to approach.]
- 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? [also forbidden: marring the corners of one’s beard]
Again, for the complete letter, click here.