It’s been almost two weeks since the Michigan State Senate passed an anti-bullying bill with language that essentially protected religiously-motivated bullies or others with a “sincerely held…moral conviction.”
Now they’ve changed their mind and after weeks of outrage have decided that bullying is bad for all.
However this kind of legislation should not be forgotten. While this is a momentary victory against the continual onslaught of the religious right and their attempt to erode the separation of church and state, their war on personal freedoms is far from over.
This led me to considering what other religiously motivated hatred may have been protected in Michigan had this law stood.
A man or a woman who acts as a medium or fortuneteller shall be put to death by stoning; they have no one but themselves to blame for their death. (Leviticus 20:27 NAB)
This makes it extremely dangerous for all you new age types out there. As long as its a “sincerely held…moral conviction.” Under the Michigan law they would have essentially given a loop hole to anyone who wanted to commit murder based on Biblical mandates.
So who could you have killed and gotten away with it in Michigan had this law stood?
- Kill People Who Don’t Listen to Priests (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)
- Kill Witches (Exodus 22:17 NAB)
- Kill Homosexuals (Leviticus 20:13 NAB)
- Kill Fortunetellers (Leviticus 20:27 NAB)
- Death for Hitting Dad (Exodus 21:15 NAB)
- Death for Cursing Parents (Proverbs 20:20 NAB) and Leviticus 20:9 NLT)
- Death for Adultery (Leviticus 20:10 NLT)
- Death for Fornication (Leviticus 21:9 NAB)
- Death to Followers of Other Religions (Exodus 22:19 NAB)
- Kill Nonbelievers (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)
- Kill False Prophets (Zechariah 13:3 NAB)
- Kill the Entire Town if One Person Worships Another God (Deuteronomy 13:13-19 NLT)
- Kill Women Who Are Not Virgins On Their Wedding Night (Deuteronomy 22:20-21 NAB)
- Kill Followers of Other Religions (Deuteronomy 13:7-12 NAB)
- Death for Blasphemy (Leviticus 24:10-16 NLT)
- Kill False Prophets (Deuteronomy 13:1-5 NLT)
- Infidels and Gays Should Die (Romans 1:24-32 NLT)
- Kill Anyone who Approaches the Tabernacle (Numbers 1:48-51 NLT)
- Kill People for Working on the Sabbath (Exodus 31:12-15 NLT)
And many more…
Even if we consider that morality was a factor in these rules, it is part of the Code, and when the Code became obsolete, as it is under Christ, that rule, as part of the Code, became obsolete. These verses in Old Testament have nothing to say to us today beyond the eternal principle of the need for purity in the worship of God.
With that in mind many Christians comfortably ignore the evils of the old testament.
However not everyone is willing to disregard the old testament, at lest not all of it. Most all everyone who wants to justify their hatred of Homosexuals will jump right to quoting Leviticus. These Christians are quick to point out that Jesus orders Christians to follow the Law of Moses in the Old Testament: “Do not think that I [Jesus] have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke or a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. (Matthew 5:17-18)”
How ever they are more than happy to ignore the list of sanctioned killing also ordered in the Old Testament.
So where dose this leave us? Smack dab in the middle of a ‘no true Scotsman’ fallacy. Where both Christian sides of this argument will accuse the other of not being a ‘true’ Christian and misunderstanding the true intentions of the Bible.