The Old Testament says ...
I was amused to read David Miller’s letter in The Platteville Journal June 5. He used the Old Testament to justify his contempt of gay people being accepted. If the laws of the Old Testament are acceptable and eternally unchanging to Mr. Miller, then I think we’re all in trouble.
Leviticus 19:27 forbids males from cutting their hair (including hair around their temples). Sorry Mr. Miller, but I just don’t look good with a hippie hairdo. Feel free to smite me.
Leviticus 25:44 says it’s OK to own slaves from neighboring nations. Should Mexicans fear we will enslave them, or should we fear they will enslave us? Mr. Miller, how much should a Canadian cost? Do I have any recourse if I feel I am under priced when I’m sold?
Exodus 35:2 says anyone working on Sabbath should be put to death. I’m afraid I sometimes shop on Sundays, but I do not actually work. So Mr. Miller, please remember when you take out all the store clerks, the police, hospital workers and everyone else who works on Sundays — I just shop.
You make it a point to remind us that God’s law comes before America’s. Good luck using that as your murder defense, Mr. Miller. I hope you have lots and lots of visitors in prison. Just remember you are right and the rest of the country is wrong. Stay strong.
When you burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, it makes a pleasing odor for the Lord (Leviticus 1:9) I know, but don’t expect me to not complain. I don’t know for sure, but I’m thinking a burning bull wouldn’t produce a pleasing odor to me.
A defect in vision should prevent people from approaching the altar of God according to Leviticus 21:20. So what shall we do with nearsighted and farsighted people, or people with cataracts or a stigmatism who want to worship? Surely Mr. Miller, you cannot allow this abomination. But if people wear glasses that correct their vision, does that make them acceptable to God? Does it at least get them closer to God’s acceptance?
Surely all the farmers around here know they can’t plant two different crops in one field (Leviticus 19:19), but maybe you should remind them just to be sure.
And all those people who wear clothes of two different kinds of threads (cotton/polyester blends) just can’t do that. OK, I agree with you on this one. Anyone who wears polyester should die. But Mr. Miller, how will we accomplish this? Should we have a special law enforcement unit that stops people on the street to check their tags?
Oh my God! Mr. Miller, did you know you have to get the whole damn town together to stone people who curse or blaspheme? Finding a time when everybody can get together may be a problem, but I have faith in you, Mr. Miller. Remember, God is on your side.
Since touching the skin of a dead pig makes people unclean (Leviticus 11:6–8), I assume, Mr. Miller, you will be leading the charge to have football outlawed. Good luck with that one, dude. May I suggest you start out that fight in Green Bay.
Mr. Miller, your ignorance and hate become you.
‘Still are not free’
Recently, I ran across an article written by Dr. Alveda King, niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and daughter of civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King.
Dr. King began by noting that in January the U.S. celebrated 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation, the end of slavery of black people in America. She then stated: “Still the babies are not free.” She noted that our country also marked 40 years of the March for Life held annually in Washington D.C., “because babies still are not free.” She went on to note that Black History Month was celebrated in February, and “still, the babies are not free”; April 4 marked the 45th anniversary of the “death of our ‘Black Moses,’ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Still, the babies are not free”; in August Americans celebrate 50 years since her uncle’s famous I Have a Dream speech. “And still babies will not be free.”
Dr. King said Juneteenth remembers the freeing of the black slaves in America. She then lamented: “If only the babies in the womb were just as dear. More than 150 years later, however, an entire class of Americans is still treated as nothing more than property. Babies living in their mothers’ wombs are regarded by our laws as non-persons. It’s a tragedy and a disgrace.”
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Pro-Life Chair, Boscobel