A RESPONSE TO DR. LAURA SLESSINGER'S ATTACKS ON
About the letter:
Dr. Laura Slessinger is a well-known conservative talk show host. She has
expressed very negative beliefs about homosexuality,
and Wicca. (Wicca is a rapidly growing
religion which is partly based on ancient Celtic religious symbols, deities, and
seasonal days of celebration.)
She has firmly supported and advocated biblical
morality on her TV and radio shows. The following is a tongue-in-cheek letter
seeking Dr. Laura's advice on applying biblical morality and religious duties in today's world.
Its author is unknown.
Probably for reasons of brevity, the author left out many other passages in
the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) that are profoundly immoral by today's
secular and religious standards. Examples are obligations to exterminate
non-combatants during wartime, torture of prisoners, burning some prostitutes
alive, denying disabled persons access to the temple, stoning non-virgin brides
to death, etc. More details.
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 I try to share that
knowledge with as many people as I can. When people try 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 specific
laws and how to follow them:
a) 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?
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) 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.
d) 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?
e) 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?
f) 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?
g) 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?
h) 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) 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?
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?
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