Sunday, October 21, 2007

Homosexuality is wrong/abnormal/immoral because The Bible said so?

An interesting video clip which I stumbled across today...

President Bartlet: I’m sorry, um… you’re Dr. Jenna Jacobs, right?

Jenna Jacobs: Yes, sir.

President Bartlet: It’s good to have you here.

Jenna Jacobs: Thank you.

President Bartlet: The awesome impact of the airwaves and how that translates into the furthering of our national discussions but obviously also how it can… how it can…

[He sighs, and addresses Jenna Jacobs again.]

President Bartlet: Forgive me, Dr. Jacobs. Are you an M.D.?

Jenna Jacobs: Ph.D.

President Bartlet: A Ph.D.?

Jenna Jacobs: Yes, sir.

President Bartlet: In Psychology?

Jenna Jacobs: No sir.

President Bartlet: Theology?

Jenna Jacobs: No.

President Bartlet: Social work?

Jenna Jacobs: I have a Ph.D. in English Literature.

President Bartlet: I’m asking, ‘cause on your show, people call in for advice and you go by the name of Dr. Jacobs on your show. And I didn’t know if maybe your listeners were confused by that, and assumed you had advanced training in Psychology, Theology, or health care.

Jenna Jacobs: I don’t believe they are confused, no sir.

President Bartlet: Good. I like your show. I like how you call homosexuality an abomination.

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 had you here. I’m interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She’s a Georgetown sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, and 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, ‘cause we’ve got a lot of sports fans in this town. Touching the skin of a dead pig makes us 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 those questions, would you?

One last thing. While you may be mistaking this for your monthly meeting of the ignorant tight-ass club, in this building when the President stands, nobody sits.

1 comment:

Jieq said...

The final comment about the president standing and no one sitting was particularly important imo with regards to this statement because it showed how disrespectful she was being to el presidente and how her stance was disrespectful of the tradition of reason and circumspection in the american tradition.

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