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Article #4: Dr. Laura RevisitedSummer, 2000 - by Gaye Adegbalola
Gaye originally received the "Dr. Laura letter" as an email from numerous people. Printed below is the Dr. Laura letter, followed by Gaye's response. At this point, we do not know who wrote the orginal Dr. Laura letter.
Dear Dr. Laura,
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's law. I have learned a great deal from you, 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.
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 claim the odor is not pleasing to them. How should I deal with this?
I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as it suggests 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 buy slaves from the nations that are around us. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans but not Canadians. Can you clarify?
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?
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.
Over the past two weeks, I have received the same e-mail from varied sources around the country. Every so often, I will receive the same message from two people, but this one came from 7 people. And then, I (who never ever spam people) forwarded this message to most everyone in my address book. The Dear Dr. Laura letter. Why did I receive it from so many people? Why did I forward it to so many people?
The Christian "right" seems to be neither--neither Christian, nor right, yet it seems to be growing and squeezing the spirituality out of many of us. We are almost ashamed to say that we were raised as Christians for fear that we will be lumped into the Christian "right." (Please don't use that word "right" without quotation marks.) Yet every religion of this world has a "do unto others" foundation. For the "right," it's become a "do IT unto others" rallying cry. How can one fight back when one is called an "abomination?" How can one fight back when that "right" is able to quote chapter and verse of the Bible and call others "mutants?" Then comes this e-mail. It is clear and succinct and cleverly written. . . with all the chapter and verse quoting ammo needed to fight back . . . on their own terms. I have no idea of the origin of the letter, but I sincerely want to thank the author for removing much of the dirt that has been hurled at me by the Dr. Lauras of the world.
Because of this letter, I found my Bible (that was the gift from an aunt when I graduated from high school), dusted it off. Checked the chapters and verses mentioned--to see if they were accurate, if such messages were really there. As I read Leviticus, I couldn't believe it. Oh, yes, it states clearly that homosexuality is an "abomination," but so too is eating lobster or shrimp, or going to church with a bald head or poor eyesight, or sitting where a woman who has her period has sat. It's unbelievable--613 laws in all. And yet, the Christian "right" chooses to give voice only to those that oppress others. They take some and make them relevant to the 21st century and use others to oppress and condemn people. This is what the KuKluxKlan did, and still does, with the Bible. The Klan is also part of the Christian "right."
I am printing the e-mail here and hoping that you will forward it to others. I also hope that you will go read Exodus and Leviticus. I hope that you will stand up and speak up. If anyone knows the author, please let me know so I can personally say thank you to this freedom-giving teacher.