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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-20-05 12:33 PM
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16. It depends on the quote
Some of the quotes clearly endorse beating; some just refer to "thy rod and thy staff", in which case it's the shepard's staff, which was used to tap the sheep.

On the other hand, most Rabbis, who have been reading this part of the Bible since it was written, have come to the conclusion that the idea was to correct one's children, and that the beating part was optional. Problems of translation have also been cited.

Since most Fundies have a doctrine that Christians are "above the law", I don't know why they are so enthusiastic about whipping but eat pork and shellfish without a second thought.

Why is it important to pay attention to a 4000-year-old religion of a small desert-dwelling tribe? Because their mutant successors gained control of half of the world in the name of a rabbi who had been tortured to death by crucifixion.

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