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Meditation 16
Letter to Dr. Laura

The following appeared in the September / October 2000 edition of the magazine Alberta Views. It is based on a widely circulated e-mail. Fans of the "West Wing" may notice a similarity to an episode in which a Dr. Laura clone appeared , but I am fairly certain this piece originated long before the TV program.

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A Request for Advice

Am I Morally Obligated to Kill Him Myself?

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a populist hit in both Canada and the U.S., rarely fails to secure both ratings and censure. Her fundamentalist morality, based on a literal interpretation of the Bible, regularly finds Dr. Laura calling her listeners stupid for transgressing Moses' God-given law. The following anonymously forwarded e-mail raises some vexing questions for 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 you, 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 or her 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 best to follow them.

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.

signed A FAN