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August 7, 2013

Letter: Slavery and Sabbath for Biblical literalists

To the editor:

I am writing in reply to the letter from Stuart Diamond (Saturday, Aug. 3), who wrote about murder being glorified in the musical “Chicago,” and appears to be a Biblical literalist.

That’s fine. In Leviticus 18:22, homosexuality cannot be condoned under any circumstance and I guess that this concludes the discussion of same-sex marriage now very current in our American society. End of debate.

That same Bible, in Exodus 21:7 states that I may sell my daughter into slavery. Could Mr. Diamond please advise what price in this day and age I should get for her? Further, Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, not from my own country but from neighboring countries. Also, my neighbor has a son who works at McDonald’s on Sundays. Exodus 35:2 clearly states that anyone working on the Sabbath shall be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

Leviticus 11:6-8 says that touching the skin of a pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

There are hundreds more but, Mr. Diamond, I know that you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident that you can help.

Thank you for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

IRWIN B. MILLER

Bayridge Lane, Rockport

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