Friday, February 24, 2012

Things that "conservative, literal" Christians and Jews do and don't follow.

There is a lot of talk against gay rights in the United States (and other Christian-majority nations) where their only argument is "it's in the Bible, so it's wrong." I am going to make a list of all the prohibitions and laws in Leviticus that I have not seen done by any Christian or Jew who opposes Gay marriage (See Orthodox Jew).

  • Burnt offerings
  • Animal offerings
  • Offer an animal when you sin.
  • Offer grain.
  • The guilt offering
  • Do not eat blood (yes, rare meat is out of bounds.)
  • Do not eat fat
  • Do not eat pigs
  • Do not touch carcasses of unclean animals
  • Do not eat shellfish
  • Infectious skin disease rules.
  • Mildew regulations
  • Women's menstraul secretions make her unclean for 7 days.
  • No work on the tenth day of the seventh month.
  • Do not plant two different types of seeds in one field.
  • The fruit of a tree is out of bounds for the first three years of its life.
  • Do not mistreat aliens in your land.
  • Feast of Tabernacles on the 15th day of the 7th month.
  • Stone blasphemers.
  • People who kill others are to be killed.
There are all these rules that Christians are supposed to follow, and none of them do.  They do not follow all the rules. Yet they get upset at people who are gay. I see a double standard. If a Christian wants to follow every law in the Bible, than they should try it for a week and see if they make it. In today's world they probably won't.

Would you want all those laws above the law in the United States as many far-right people call for? I don't. That would be the death of our country. As the Constitution says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" which the ACLU defends daily from the onslaught of the far-right. It would be illegal and these so-styled "Constitutionalists" would do well to read the constitution and key judicial decisions on this subject. Also, read the whole text, not just the part that you find fits your current views, which often change without reason or notice.

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