Standing up for the Bible

The Texas Attorney General (aka Greg Abbott) has now OK’ed bible study in public schools. But the Texas State Board of Education (aka whack jobs) is likely to leave the curriculum specifics up to local school districts.

As a fun preview of what may come of this in various school districts around the state, this seems like a good a time to review the script from the famous exchange between West Wing’s President Bartlet and radio talk show host Jenna Jacobs (aka Dr. Laura):

President Bartlet (Martin Sheen): I like how you call homosexuality an abombination.

Jenna Jacobs: I don’t say homosexuality is an abomination, Mr. President, the Bible does.

President Bartlet: Yes, it does. Leviticus.

Jenna Jacobs: 18:22.

President Bartlet: Chapter and verse. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions while I have you here.

I’m interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She’s a Georgetown sophmore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleared the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be?

While thinking about that, can I ask another? My Chief of Staff Leo McGarry insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly says he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself or is it okay to call the police?

Here’s one that’s really important because we’ve got a lot of sports fans in this town: touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. Leviticus 11:7. If they promise to wear gloves, can the Washington Redskins still play football? Can Notre Dame? Can West Point?

Does the whole town really have to be together to stone my brother John for planting different crops side by side?

Can I burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads? Think about that, will you?

Oh, and one last thing. You may have mistaken this for your monthly meeting of the ignorant tight-asses club. But in this building, when the President stands, nobody sits.

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3 Responses to Standing up for the Bible

  1. rose July 11, 2008 at 2:15 pm #

    Jed Bartlet for Texas!

  2. stiletto pirate July 12, 2008 at 3:12 pm #

    i, for one, think this is great news… it can sit appropriately on the shelf next to C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe…

  3. Vinny July 20, 2008 at 1:18 am #

    God, I miss this show!

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