Here is something being sent around for the umpteenth time as a joke, although it is part fact and part fiction. A full explanation can be found here, on Snopes.
In her radio show, Dr Laura Schlesinger said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew,
homosexuality is for her an abomination according to Leviticus 18: 22, and cannot be
condoned under any circumstance.
The following response is an open letter to Dr Laura, penned by a US resident, which was
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 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 abomination … End of debate.
I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God’s Laws and
how to follow them.
1. Leviticus 25: 44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they
are purchased from neighboring heathens. 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: 5-9. 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 morally 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: 10-11, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t
agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?
7. Lev. 21: 17-20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a blemish 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
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, imperative and unchanging.
Your adoring fan,
James M. Kauffman, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus, Dept of Curriculum,
Instruction, and Special Education, University of Virginia