Should we begin stoning people?

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2007

In response to Mike Shakespeare's letter in the March 19 Juneau Empire, I would like to reference the texts he uses to validate his argument and chastise people who are living healthy and natural lives, undeserving of such ridicule.

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Taken literally, Christianity would indeed demand that those faithful servants commit such acts as putting to death those that do not take Sabbath on the seventh day, after six days of work (Exodus 35:2).

Leviticus 24:10-16 states that those that take the Lord's name in vain shall be stoned to death.

Selling a child into slavery is sanctioned in Exodus 21:7.

Leviticus 25:44 states that a person may possess slaves, both male and female.

Leviticus 20:27 (King James Version) states, "A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: They shall stone them with stones; their blood shall be upon them."

Does that imply that all the people who are enamored with Harry Potter and are claiming themselves wizards shall be mass executed in the name of the Lord?

There are many more examples of acts the writings of Christianity promote that most of us would not condone.

Women loving women and men loving men is documented since well before the life of Christ. That would imply not that those people were living in sin, but that such natural love is in fact biologically normal.

The First Amendment of the Constitution was created in acknowledgment that including religious ideologies in the acts of government is a slippery slope.

If religious doctrines are included, are you prepared to stone you neighbor to death for working on the Sabbath?

Robbi Woltring

Juneau



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