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Saints and Sinners
Lawyers who do criminal cases, whether prosecuting or defending, get to
know an odd assortment of people. We work with those who have killed,
armed and unarmed robbers, and - for instance - sex criminals; people
who committed incest, sodomy, and even bestiality.
Besides the secular - state and federal - criminal laws, these are
individuals who are definitely having trouble with the Universal
One book about the Noahide Law - not
Rainbow Covenant - speaks about the damage that homosexuals do to their
souls. But we don't want to see the Noahide prohibition on male homosexual
practices enforced primarily to benefit homosexuals. They have free will; they can attend
to their own souls. Rather, we want it enforced for the sake of non-homosexuals,
for women, and particularly for children. We want it enforced to keep civilization
from failing; to keep it from becoming completely befouled with "lewdness," as
the Torah puts it; to maintain and enhance the status of women in society; to
help boys grow up unmolested and uninfected; to drive the perverse, "abominable" - a direct Torah quote -
practices of male homosexuality underground, out of the public purview; to
outlaw them, literally: to make them disapproved, not publicly accepted.
course, this is not the way that some people, on the right and on the
left, like to think about the Law. On the right, they speak of the
Seven Law system as something that must be forced on people, as
impossibly harsh rules that the world will adopt only when a
supernatural event or God permanently somehow changes the human pineal
gland, perhaps. On the left, people who would never think of reading
Dante or Shakespeare without an interpretive commentary read the King
James Bible and Leviticus 18 - one of the most sublime chapters
of the Torah - absolutely literally, making the Law out to be
Another logical prohibition: male homosexual practices, which are obviously dangerous, damaging, disgusting, and literally dirty, in ways and to a degree that, e.g., lesbianism or female homosexuality simply aren't. Truly, in a world where right and left take such extreme positions on such major issues, as with abortion, the Law is always sweet reason.
Abortion and the Obvious
With abortion, too, the Law is the
rule of the obvious. Once the fetus has developed to the point that it is
plainly, visibly, manlike - once its heart begins to beat, and it becomes male
or female, and it has a brain and nervous system, and you can plainly see eyes and toes
and fingers in the making, and it writhes in pain if you poke it, all of these remarkable developmental milestones popping up together at forty days
after conception - it is forbidden to kill it, except to save the life and
health of its mother. The absolute positions of the right - human life begins
sometime around the parents' first date - and the left (the fetus can be
killed whenever someone gets to it, no matter how developed it is or how acutely
it feels pain) are simply ignorant.
Covenant has demonstrated, a righteous person should try to do the very
opposite of what the Universal Law forbids. One of the higher messages of the "law of the torn
limb," for instance, beyond the bare prohibition of gross cruelty, is that
HaShem Himself has given us, mankind (ordinary human beings rather than
super-beings), dominion over all earthly life. He has made us His planetary
stewards. Naturally, He requires us to act accordingly, with respect for the life that
He put under our control as well as respect for ourselves as His
Against idolatry, and against sacrilege: true knowledge of God - true
God-consciousness - is the main point of all God's laws.
topical example: "Green funerals," a new fad, is changing the way that
Americans treat their dead. Instead of cremating the dead - which
wastes energy and pollutes the air - or embalming, which means filling
the dead with formaldehyde (which will eventually pollute the earth and
water table), and/or sealing the body in a non-rusting metal coffin,
usually encased in reinforced concrete, which besides costing loads of
money is also environmental lunacy, and a pretty disgusting way to
treat the dead to boot - they now want to bury their dead more or less
as Israel does. No metal, no special clothes, only a linen shroud,
completely bio-degradable, wrapped around a clean body; ashes to ashes,
dust to dust.
by Michael Dallen
New Articles, etc.
Besides new radio interviews, we have some very good new articles up on the website. Our friend Ethan Dor-Shav's article on Job is superb - you will never look at the Book of Job the same way again. Two of our three First Covenant Foundation directors, Rabbi Michael Katz and Reverend Jack Saunders, spoke at the Noahide Nations conference in Florida last month; we've already posted a copy of Rabbi Katz's keynote address, his paper -Address to the Noahide Nations Conference, June 26, 2008 - on the website; we expect to have at least a video recording of Reverend Saunders's address up soon. You can go to our link to Noahide Nations - we have recently put up some new links to other websites, too - to see what else may be available.
We have the pleasure of introducing a new friend, Rabbi David Eidensohn, who has joined us and contributed a new article, Jew and Noahide. See it in Articles, as well as a little about the rabbi. We look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration with Rabbi Eidensohn. We agree with everything he wrote in that article!