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{September 20, 2011}   Let he without sin cast the first stone

I just had to write another blog post for this week to vent.  I woke up this morning to find out that DADT (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell) had officially come to an end with the stroke of President Obama’s pen.  I got on facebook and posted the following status:  “Yay to the end of DADT.  Now if only we can get this marriage law in California changed”.  I got a lot of “likes” with the thumbs up and then I noticed I had a comment.  It read: “The Bible is very clear, if only we would obey it.”  Wow.  Really?  Ok, so I know that this subject has really divided people.  And I admit it wasn’t the response I was expecting.  But I’m really tired of the “bible” defense.  Why, you ask?  Well, the response I gave my “friend” was this:  “Do you take every thing from the bible literally?  Do you keep salves as well?”

What would our society look like if you followed the bible closely and did everything that it suggested?  The following letter was written to Dr. Laura Schlessinger in response to her comment that homosexuality is an abomination because it says so in Leviticus 18:22:

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:

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?

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?

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

Just some food for thought.  Honestly, I just want those that use the “bible” defense to drop it and just admit that they are afraid of what they don’t understand.  Anyway, when my “friend” retorted she gave me a hard time for quoting Dr. Laura.  Huh?  I guess she didn’t read the letter, just saw in the description of the link that it said Dr. Laura.  I guess some people just don’t want to see the opposing view.  And to that, I wish she never would have made the orignal comment if she wasn’t going to be open to what I would say in response.

I also wanted to share this video that I got from the Barack Obama facebook fan page.  I think it really shows the people who were effected by DADT.

I wanted to also include a personal story from my friend, Rachael Loveridge, when she was responding to someone’s opposing view on facebook (of course!  See where I spend my free time, hahaha):

The ONLY reason I argue the above statements is because I truly believe they discredit my 6 years of honorable service. I served in Iraq and the person I loved didn’t change how I held those innocent children as they died after we bombed a maternity ward. It didn’t change the night I saved all 323 souls onboard when the OOD nearly ran our ship aground and I mustered emergency Nav detail from the chart table at 130 in the morning. Yet I was stripped of every award, every ribbon and medal, because I loved another woman. It didn’t change my core values. I was a damn good sailor who made the same sacrifices as everyone else and I was proud to serve EVERYONE who lived in the USA: be it black, white, muslim, wicka, gay, straight, etc. Please do not discredit my service.

I know this whole topic is controversial and I don’t mind friendly debating.  But using the same argument over and over or not even listening to the opposing sides view gets kind of ridiculous, in my opinion.

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I am personally straight, but I do not think who I love is anyone’s business but my own, so extend the same respect for others. Your links and your examples were great!! Finally the opinions of who were affected by DADT are being voiced. I hate it when people choose to be ignorant and judegmental without actually being receptive to a different side. All they do is spread hate, why not try something different? Why not try listening or being empathetic? It feels as if humanity is taking a step back.



I really agree with you on that. I just feel sometimes we stick to beliefs because we are this religion or part of that political party and are unwilling to bend our beliefs because it isn’t defined in the contexts of this beliefs.



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