Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Thoughts on Prop 8

This Prop 8 matter is very personal to me, as I have two gay brothers, and a Baptist preacher dad, who I discuss this openly with all the time. My father's view is that many things in the bible are said to be sin; envy, lying, coveting, etc...things we are all guilty of. In his studies of the Bible, he can't find any passage that states that the "sin" of homosexuality is more grievous than any other. He loves all four of us equally, and knows that my gay brothers are good men with pure hearts. In fact he has great admiration for them, and the men they have grown to be: loving, family centered, kind, hard working.

Personally I will never believe its a sin to be who you are, who you were born to be, whether gay or straight. If one believes we were all made by God, then God doesn't make mistakes, right?

With the Prop 8 trial going on in California Courts, I thought I'd repost this thought provoking letter which was written by college professor James M. Kauffman, Ed.d. some years ago. This was an open letter responding to Dr. Laura Schlessinger's statement that homosexuality is an abomination according the the bible.

If that is the case, and it's really so simple, we've got some other passages in the bible to ponder.

(Thank you Stacey, for passing this letter along)

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 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 neighbouring nations. 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 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?

5. 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 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)

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 and unchanging.

Your adoring fan,
James M. Kauffman, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus, Dept. Of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education University of Virginia

PS. It would be a damn shame if we couldn't own a Canadian


  1. I would love to have seen the reply to this if there ever was one. This is awesome and I think everyone who voted on the prop 8 should read this

  2. As a Canadian living in Toronto, this (so happily) is not an issue. But we do worry that these rights so hard won may also be taken away. We cross our fingers that right will reign.

    As for posting this letter -- omg, laughed out loud and read to my teenagers -- who howled! So perfect.


  3. Barb- If I ever CAN own a Canadian, I've putting dibs on you and Deb. You can be my blog slaves. : )

  4. Just read this to my husband -- who is now crying! (with laughter)

    And I can think of no honour so great as to be your Canadian slave.


  5. Hollye, this is 'perfection'. ROTFLOL. :-))

  6. Absolutely hysterical! Would LOVE to see Dr. Laura's sanctimonious response to this!

  7. That was hysterical. Just plain howling fun! Thanks for sharing it. I found you from a comment at Coffee Rings Everywhere.

  8. Too good. Started my morning with a great laugh.


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