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I am not a fan of Dr. Laura's radio show and would rather get root canal than listen to her. This has nothing to do with her views--I just consider it bad and boring radio.

I posted this for Freepers who are like her show. Do not direct any comments about her to me because I know next to nothing about her.

1 posted on 08/15/2003 5:10:35 PM PDT by Destro
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To: Destro
I consider Dr. Laura somewhat disengenous anyway. She conspicuously uses the title "Doctor" as if she's a clinical psychologist/psychiatrist when her doctorate degree is in secondary education. She likes to chide her listeners about "shacking up" when she was recently living with a guy for seven years without being married. I listened to her show for a few months and got tired of it. It got boring and repetitious.
3 posted on 08/15/2003 5:18:19 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Stop the violins!! Visualize whirled peas...)
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To: Destro
"I never got great applause from my work from the Jewish community — but my people are my people, whether they love or hate me."

Amen. What a sad and poignant article. I'm only an occasional listener and I missed this. Thanks very much for posting it.

It appears Laura's search for the meaning of life will continue on another path, in another place. I wish her well.

4 posted on 08/15/2003 5:24:48 PM PDT by truthkeeper
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author Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Dang!

6 posted on 08/15/2003 5:26:03 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
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ping
7 posted on 08/15/2003 5:29:49 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah (Schwarzenegger, who gave 1 million to his campaign on Tuesday, called Buffett "my mentor and my hero)
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To: Destro
Just a little note, at the outset, it's impossible for people to comment on an article unless they address the poster of the article. So by refusing comments, you're kind of rejecting the whole purpose of FR.
8 posted on 08/15/2003 5:35:20 PM PDT by JoeSchem (I'm running for governor too! Write me in!)
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To: Destro
Is this from the Onion?
 
I also know just a little bit about Dr. Laura. She was railroaded off of the local radio station by activists liberals as I understand the situation.
 
I think that expressing religious beliefs while being involved in media, indicates an absence of judgment. It could be career ending. Sometimes it is fun to watch others do it though such as Senator Kerry (my state) actually criticizing the Pope last week. That was an indicator of his having a political death wish.

9 posted on 08/15/2003 5:39:04 PM PDT by Radix
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To: Destro
Discussion on this subject has been ongoing for the past several day. "Search" will provide considerable food for thought.
12 posted on 08/15/2003 5:49:42 PM PDT by mombonn (íViva Bush/Cheney!)
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To: Destro
Received a funny email today that's a form letter addressed to Doctor Laura:

Dear Dr. Laura,

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share this knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to apply them.

1. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord-Lev 1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual unseemliness-Lev. 15:19-24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 3:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination-Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree can you settle this?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing a garment made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to shone them? Lev 24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev.20: 14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thanks you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your devoted disciple and adoring fan,
Jim

15 posted on 08/15/2003 6:09:29 PM PDT by lelio
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To: Destro
"I think Judaism is better off not being saddled and directly associated with Dr. Laura's means," he said, adding, "although she is still a Jew."

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It's the other way around. Dr. Laura is better off not being saddled with Judaism. Judaism and Jews have long tended toward the direction of the Episcopal church and Marxism. Jews and Jdaism tend to chase the latest fad in both an attempt to be fashionable and in the belief that if the ludicrous is acceptable they are building a society in which Jews and Judaism will not be subjected to criticism.<p. It used to irk me that when playboy Hugh Hefner was selling his Playboy Philosophy he did so with the support of panels of rabbis.

16 posted on 08/15/2003 6:14:18 PM PDT by RLK
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People who were raised in religous households have no idea how difficult it is to find your place in the spiritual world as an adult. For some of you, who have firm foundations it's hard to imagine what she's going through. I applaud her though, when she finds something she throws herself into it completely, but if it's wrong, she's not afraid to put it aside and continue in her search.

I wish her well. She's not searching for God, because God is already beside her, she's searching for a way to express her love of God. That's pretty hard.

34 posted on 08/15/2003 8:19:32 PM PDT by McGavin999
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Shallow arguments.???

A movement towards Christ is not shallow. God works His will through all of us. I hope she finds peace.

Her conservative viewpoints have always made her an easy target for sniveling liberals.

Most of what she says is righteous and accurate.

39 posted on 08/15/2003 8:51:48 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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Simple question: who cares?

What's next? "Dr. Laura chooses Doritos over Ruffles"?

43 posted on 08/15/2003 10:55:54 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats have stunted brain development!)
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I consider myself to be quite conservative, but I always found Dr. Laura to be very irritating and way too judgmental and cruel towards psychologically wounded/desperate people that called her show. She has been off the air here in Chicago (WLS-AM) for about 3 years, and her "dismissal" is still seen as relief to most of those who listen to that radio station, and to those that still work there from her syndication years with that station where she is still mocked as a joke.
53 posted on 08/16/2003 12:15:09 AM PDT by Lockbar
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While I always defending her right to express her views, I have also always found Dr. Laura to be a preachy, judgemental shrew. Now it turns out she is a hypocrite on many levels.

She preaches family values, but ends up having posed nude, to say nothing of letting her mother die alone in an apartment, rotting away for weeks, undiscovered.

Now we find out her religious beliefs are paper-thin, and she' shopping for another way. She's a phoney.

54 posted on 08/16/2003 4:59:15 AM PDT by veronica (http://www.petitiononline.com/KN50711/petition.html - Confirm Daniel Pipes to USIPF ......sign this!)
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This admission by Dr. Laura has made my opinion of her go up 100%. I am not a fan of her show because I think she lacks compassion. I have heard her make statements that are needlessly harsh and are simplistic to say the least. I am happy to see that she does have the ability to examine herself. If your religion isn't working it isn't working and it takes personal integrity to admit that. She seems to be unwilling to live a lie. Many people stay in religions that do not meet their needs out of fear of a punitive God, fear of what others will think, fear of looking at themselves or just plain laziness. What they forget is that God looks upon the heart and he certainly knows a line of bull when he hears it. Maybe she will begin to realize that life is not always black and white and that sometimes the best choice is the one that appears wrong on the surface.

I believe that God honors honesty more that any other quality. By being honest with ourselves we open the door for change. Outward compliance to a faith one really does not believe in is a poisonous form of hypocrisy. I am in hopes that she will begin to see that real moral choices comes from a place deep in the heart not from Bible knowledge someone shoved in your head. Sometimes it is the process of getting there that is more important than doing what looks good to the outside world. The difficult path of making mistakes, getting it wrong, learning a better way is superior to having payed lip service to a moral code that has no true meaning to the individual

One of the main reasons I tend to turn away from the church is because I see a whole lot of Christan "look good". We all get together and make all the right noises. There is so much unspoken angst that one can almost chock in that atmosphere if they are the least bit sensitive. I would vastly prefer to hear people talk about what is really going on with them instead of trying to put on a theology they really don't believe in the hopes that it will fix them. what they don't realize is that it will never work because they are trying to sidestep the rather painful and difficult times that comes from self examination. They tend to think that others are a better expert on who they are than they are themselves. They tend to think their pastor can tell them everything they need to know about themselves and that somehow they will glen a meaningful faith. Pastor or those in religious leadership can certain offer ideas and insights but they can't do it for you. One must be willing to enter their own dark night of the soul with nothing but their faith in God to pull them through. Without this one will always be on the surface in terms of their relationship with God.

56 posted on 08/16/2003 5:02:07 AM PDT by foolscap
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Schlessinger began her program last Tuesday by noting that, prior to each broadcast, she spends an hour reading faxes from fans and listeners. "By and large the faxes from Christians have been very loving, very supportive," she said. "From my own religion, I have either gotten nothing, which is 99% of it, or two of the nastiest letters I have gotten in a long time. I guess that's my point — I don't get much back. Not much warmth coming back."

Schlessinger even hinted at a possible turn to Christianity — a move that, radio insiders say, would elevate her career far beyond the 300 stations that currently syndicate her show. "I have envied all my Christian friends who really, universally, deeply feel loved by God," she said. "They use the name Jesus when they refer to God... that was a mystery, being connected to God."

Dr. Laura might want to look into Jews for Jesus


70 posted on 08/16/2003 6:01:06 AM PDT by Sabertooth (Viva la 187!)
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When speaking of His life, and death, Jesus said: No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and to take it up again. This command I received from my Father. John 10:18.
112 posted on 08/16/2003 6:37:36 PM PDT by keats5
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"So, let her say she's no longer a practicing Jew," she [Schneider of 'Lilith' magazine]added. "Let her be just a garden variety, anti-choice conservative."

That's why they hate her. She's pro-life. That's what it's all about.

It's why they hate Bush too.

In fact, being pro-abortion is so central to the lives of most liberals, Jewish or not, that it's what EVERYTHING is about; it's the ulterior motive in all they do, from protesting the appointment of conservative judges to opposing the war against terrorism.

123 posted on 08/16/2003 9:40:35 PM PDT by shhrubbery!
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"And with that, Orthodox Judaism lost its loudest mouthpiece and its most prominent "rabbi," as it were, with the largest American pulpit — with the exception of, perhaps, presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman. "

Poor orthodox jews... They should talk Lieberman into renouncing he faith too just so he's not the only one with camera time trying to speak for them.
160 posted on 08/17/2003 6:22:06 AM PDT by honeygrl
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I never knew she was a a half jewish (non-Jew) who underwent a conversion.

I would have sworn she was dyed in the wool Jewish.

A bit shrill but more right than wrong.
173 posted on 08/17/2003 10:23:25 AM PDT by wardaddy (lost in a knuckledragger wilderness)
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