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One final post on this topic. I find it troubling that religious opponents of same-sex marriage (like Rabbi Spiro below) take comfort in the fact that gays are targeted for execution under God’s law. God must really have been serious about this law, unlike those less important laws, right?

Here’s a quick, but by no means exhaustive, list of offenses that merit death under Old Testament law:

  • Cursing your mother or father (Lev 20:9)
  • Committing adultery (Lev 20:10-12)
  • Having sex with an animal, or simply approaching an animal for sex (Lev 20:15-16)
  • Being a medium or a psychic (Lev 20:27)
  • Gathering wood (or any form of work) on the Sabbath (Num 15:32-36)
  • The last offense seems to have been particularly important, since it merited a personal intercession from God himself.

    35 Then the LORD said to Moses, “The man must die. The whole assembly must stone him outside the camp.” 36 So the assembly took him outside the camp and stoned him to death, as the LORD commanded Moses.

    One Response to “WWMD (What Would Moses Do?)”

    1. Dude! Well said. Amazing that a “Catholic” country like Spain can get through the whole issue much more smoothly. Perhaps that is because the Catholic Church lost a lot of credit during the Franco years. There are still some Progressive Party officials who will refuse to ordain gay marriages, but that seems to be a vaguely interesting side-bar.

      Adil Qureshi