"I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God,"
It has taken me a bit to react to this particular comment from one of the many lunatics that we call Republican candidates (Huckabee in this case), but then I realized that this is a bit of an old call to arms. We have heard it before. And we have a response.
It was several years ago that Dr. Laura decided to go on a romp against homosexuals, all the while claiming that it was just following God’s law. As some of you may remember, a response letter hit the Internet that took her to task, Here it is:
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 someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him 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 best follow them.
a) When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odour for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbours. They claim the odour 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 uncleanliness (Lev. 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offence.
d) 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?
e) I have a neighbour who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obliged 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? (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 disciple and adoring fan
So why post this now? Because it has some great action items. If Huckabee and his followers want to implement a Christo-Sharia law in the United states, we should ask which laws they mean.
I have many friends who listen to the idea of "A Christian Nation" and think that you couldn’t have a better plan. Well, the above give a few examples of why the actual founders of this nation wanted that pesky separation of church and state.
Religious books have some great parables of philosophy, but the laws went stale sometime before the fucking Renaissance. So Many Christian’s are hot and bothered to make God’s Word the law, just so long as they get to choose which of God’s words to include, and which to exclude.
So take this action item for your own Project Mayhem. When your friends tell you that this is a Christian Nation, or that God’s Law is full of kindness and light, grab a few examples from above. ask them with a straight face, and demand an answer.
Some folks may actually think. The rest will just get pissed off, but that’s OK too. Because at least they should quiet down for a bit.
crossposted at Daily Kos