Thursday, November 25, 2004

A letter to the president

I've received this via email a couple times this week and I've seen it posted on a few other blogs as well. And a variation of it aimed at "Dr." Laura was making the rounds a couple years ago.

I don't know its provenance—so I can't properly attribute it—but it quite eloquently illustrates the foundation of my seething hatred toward frustration with people who blindly embrace deliberate and/or selective misinterpretations of Christian mythology's most hateful elements for no real purpose but to somehow justify their own irrational hatred ... and who cling only to those hateful elements that will get them in the least social trouble (e.g., they'll lash out at homos, who are clearly acceptable targets in today's Zeitgeist, but they won't attack more populous or socially powerful groups like Jews, women or the disciples of "the other white meat"—all of whom are condemned far more frequently (and explicitly) in the Bible).

Whew. That was one long-ass sentence.

In any case, here it is again for those of you who haven't seen it 14 times already since the election:



Dear President Bush,

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s law. I have learned a great deal from you 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 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 nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not to 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. 1:9). 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 that 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), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there “degrees” of abomination?

7. 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?

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 they die?

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)?

As God's own chosen President, you obviously enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

1 comment:

RcktMan Rick said...

Oddly enough, I haven't seen this one yet. But be sure, I am copying it to thousands as we speak...