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  • Hehe, That's funny, the shrimp thing recently came up at a gathering I was recently at. Anyhow, all I can say about the shrimp thing, being a religious person, is that the Mosaic law they followed in the old testament went away with the death of Jesus, as he instituted a new covenant with his followers. However, homosexuality is clearly (well, clearly to me anyways) condemned in both the old AND new testaments. I'm not lookin for a debate, just throwin it out there. :)
    • I wonder why, then, people even bother using Torah quotes to make their point, when they're not even bound to follow them, as it seems.
      • by RobertX (3759) on 2004.03.29 11:43 (#29728)
        One of the great mysteries my friend...
        • As someone who does keeps kosher, I'm quite gratified to see this God-hates-shrimp meme enter the public fray.

          My real problem with the gay marriage "debate" is that the "religious" opponents are falling into the very convenient mode of condemning other people as sinners. This has the effect of increasing self-rightousness, which is of course the direct opposite of righteousness or holiness.

          • Not really, we're not condemning anyone, the Bible is. If the Bible accepted homosexuality, so would I. If you just plain disagree with the Bible or think it's old fashioned, well, there's not much else to say. We won't have a foundation on which to base our discussion, so anymore talk would be pointless.
            • The problem is this: The Torah condemns sex between men. It also condemns the eating of shrimp, and sex with a menstruating woman. I happen to follow the Torah's views of these three actions (which I've listed in order of increasing personal sacrifice/annoyance -- I find sex with men as attractive as eating porcupine; my wife, fortunately, disagrees).

              Now, you want to argue that, according to the New Testament, Jesus has freed me so I can now eat shellfish and even bacon. Mazel Tov! But somehow, my gay fri

              • Hehe, nope, I'm not catholic, but my faith also condemns divorce except on the grounds that one of the persons commits adultry. Not sure what 'idiosyncratic' means even after looking it up, but...you're probably right. :)