Dear Dr. Laura
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 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.

(a)  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.  They claim the odor is not pleasing to them.  
Should I smite them?

(b)  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?

(c)  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.

(d)  Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided
they are purchased from neighboring nations.  A friend of mine claims that this applies to
Mexicans but not Canadians.  Can you clarify?  Why can't I own Canadians?

(e)  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?

(f)  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?

(g)  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?

(h)  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?

(i)  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?

(j)  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, so I am confident you can help.  Thank
you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.
Your devoted disciple and adoring fan.
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