Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Blackwell and Raga Break "The Law"

The Bible is long.

The 66 books that make up the Old and New Testament contain 783,137 words in 31,101 verses and 1,189 chapters.

Compare that to other “classic” (read: long) books like Tolstoy’s War and Peace (560,000 words) or Stephen King’s It (434,811 words).

That’s a lot of stuff to remember- even for devout, bible-carrying Christians like Ken Blackwell and Tom Raga.

Could this be the reason they only seem to remember that one part about homosexuality?

Leviticus 18:22: "Thou shall not lie with mankind as with womankind: it is abomination."

Ken Blackwell insists that these twelve words prove that being gay “is a transgression against God's law."

12 words. That’s roughly 0.047% of the book of Leviticus (25,500 words) and about 0.0015323% of the Bible.

And what about the other 99.9984677% of the Bible? What about the other 25,388 words in Leviticus?

For a guy that is so interested in God’s law, you would think he could find some time to read the other parts

After reading just a little bit of Leviticus, most sane individuals will realize that “God’s Laws”, as defined in Leviticus, are a little crazy-sounding and extremely out-of-date.

Jesus came to this conclusion (in Matthew 5:38-39) over 2000 years ago.

And who are you going to believe, Ken Blackwell or Jesus Christ?

Maybe Ken just hasn’t gotten to that part yet. Or maybe, he DID read it and realized that he is in violation of a whole shit-load of those laws… starting with the swine.

Leviticus 11:7-8
Swine-related warnings can be found throughout both books of the Bible. Leviticus 11:7 classifies pigs as unclean animals and 11:8 strictly forbids their consumption or contact with their remains.

Blackwell and Raga's recent pork-filled visit to the Ohio State Fair was a clear violation of this law.

While Tom Raga was busy eating a big plate of pork ribs, Ken was giving a speech at the hog exhibition during which he promised “to double the state's pork production by 2025.”

Leviticus 21:16-23
In this law, anyone with a disease or a handicap is forbidden from attending church- this includes people with eye problems.

Ken Blackwell, wearing his usual eyeglasses, is shown here with Russell Johnson at Fairfield Christian Church in Lancaster. ( One could also argue that he is breaking the fourth commandment by working on a Sunday )

Leviticus 20:27
A short-haired, clean-shaven Ken Blackwell has, without question, broken this law, which states: "You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard.” (And he is still wearing those glasses)

Leviticus 25:35
Instead of helping the poor, as instructed by this law, Blackwell calls for an end to welfare in his book Rebuilding America.


Blogger Lee Hartsfeld said...

Very well done. And just think--such pick-and-choose Christians are labeled Bible literalists. Yet, as you've demonstrated, they are anything but.

The media, mistaking show for devotion, touts Blackwell sorts as the true Christians--moderate and liberal Christians need not apply. Yet, it's those of us in the sane middle who realize that Christ would never, ever support Blackwell-style bigotry against gays. Or his contempt for the needy. And so on, and so on.

Great post,


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