Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Get your facts straight

Just got this in my inbox from my good friend, John. I love that these things are circling the internet...

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Laura Schlessinger is a US radio personality, who dispenses advice to people who call in to her Radio show. On her radio show, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination, according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, penned by a US resident, which was posted on the Internet.

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 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 them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination ... end of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God's Laws and how to follow them.

1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may 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?

2. 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?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. 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?

5. 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, or should I ask the police to do it?

6. 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? Are there 'degrees' of abomination?

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. 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, as we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? - Lev. 20:14.

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Sincerely,
A gay man who's trying very hard to be "Christ-like"...!

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Blogger's Block

Do you ever get Blogger’s Block? Let me set the scene:

You love to blog. You have friends that blog every day and you think, “Man, I want to blog every day!” So you tell yourself that tomorrow you will start blogging every day.

But the next day you sit down at your computer and you don’t have anything you write about... yet. But you figure that if you sit down again later, you will have something. Anything. You don’t need much, right?

So many ideas pop up throughout the morning and midday you sit down to blog. But then you realize that these several ideas are bigger than just one blog and you don’t know which one to start with. Plus, time is running out for other things you have to do. So, you think, “Well, I can write all of the ideas tomorrow, and it will be like 3 blogs in two days, and then I will be ahead.”

But the next day, you end up really busy so you don’t blog that day. And the ideas, which were really fresh the other day, are seeming stale. Several days pass. New ideas that could have come up have been pushed down by the old ideas, because you figured you didn’t need any new material. But now, 6-7 days later and no blogs, you are wishing you had made room for the new ideas because you are back at your blog, staring at it blankly. The clock mocking you. Your blog mocking you.

And so the cycle continues. You’re back to looking at your friends’ blogs thinking, “I wanna blog every day...”

Does anyone else go through that?


Monday, January 1, 2007

1 job down, 5 to go...

Friday, December 22, was a beautiful day. Not only because is has been unseasonably warm (we don’t even have to wear gloves, and it is officially winter!)- but because that Friday was my official last day at the job that has been sucking my life dry for 25-30 hours a week. You’ve likely read the story in a previous blog so I won’t go into why I quit. But, suffice it to say, I was so excited that I even deleted the company’s links from my browser so I don’t have to look at them anymore.

You may be wondering what I plan to do with my time now that I am a “free woman“ but those of you who know me well know that I always have way more on my plate than just one job. I have 5, to be exact. Here is what I am focusing on in the months/years to come:

• Communications Director, branding company for socially-conscious organizations
• Communications Director, independent film company
• Advertising sales rep, national theatre magazine
• Executive Director/incorporator, brand new non-profit that I am starting in early 2007
• Actor!

2007 has a lot in store for this budding entrepreneur. I am excited to be able to share this journey with you.

Happy New Year!


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