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Dear Dr. Laura: Why Can’t I Own a Canadian?

So…why can’t I?

*Note, I didn’t write this; but it’s been floating around the internet for a few years now, and every time I read it, it makes me smile (especially since my wife is Canadian!).

It highlights the real difficulty of *situational* use of the Bible as an authority, which doesn’t work for reasons we’ll discuss a little later.

Why Can’t I Own a Canadian?

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October 2002

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 a east coast 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 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:

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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 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 neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?

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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?

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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,

Jim”

What do you think? Feel free to comment down below!

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  • Paul Bogosian

    It’s a great little story, but you forgot to give Aaron Sorkin any credit for writing it, Dave. I’m sure it was a slip-up in copyright research.

  • disqus_5T2jXBEN10

    If you read the whole Bible you will see that homosexuality as well as sexual immorality are forbidden in the New Testament. Concerning the Old Testament and the adherence to the Laws the moral Laws do not lie, steal, have sex with animals and sex with same gender are still enforced while ceremonial and dietary Laws are no longer enforced. Maybe if these people that are to “smart” to believe in a Biblical God would study the Bible and know Christian doctrine they would better comment concerning the Faith.

  • Briana B

    Sorry, its *you’re.*

  • http://atomicunderpants.com Tony McGurk

    Back in my 30’s I got quite a few tattoos, I was already a Christian at the time. A number of my Christian friends tried to use the law in Leviticus to prove that I shouldn’t have tattoos but like this letter demonstrates they are unconcerned about the other laws. When I pointed to other laws in the same chapter they said that those laws don’t apply to Christians. They couldn’t see their double standard???

  • Nikolay

    Belligerent sir, it is spelt “you’re welcome” – not “your”. Unless you are transferring a “welcome” to me to possess, “your” would not fit as it is a possessive. Unless you meant it that way?

  • DT

    You want a lesson in English? Well, alright. It is spelled “please”. P-L-E-A-S-E.
    Your welcome.

  • Nikolay

    What on earth…? English plz

  • B Dave Walters

    sar·casm
    ˈsärˌkazəm/
    noun
    the use of irony to mock or convey contempt.
    “his voice, hardened by sarcasm, could not hide his resentment”
    synonyms:derision, mockery, ridicule, scorn, sneering, scoffing;

  • Nikolay

    You people are mad. You enslaved your own people and now you want to enslave other nations’?

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