The Sermon On the Stand

Matthew 5:28-30 for our times:

But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

And if her right thigh offend thee, police her hemlines and cast her from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of your sisters should kneel down to check her skirt length before entering a stake dance, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

And if her right shoulder offend thee, teach her from age four to cover herself: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy sisters should spend her life uncomfortably conscious of her potential for becoming walking pornography, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.


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Petra is another refugee from academia; last year she fled a Ph.D. program in linguistics and landed in a "real job" whose perks are magnificent enough to compensate for spending 3 1/2 hours a day commuting. Her father once described her as an "emotional F-117 stealth bomber" and her mother once told her, musingly, "I could see you as another Hitler." She loves to read, run barefoot, and bake bread, although she typically only tries two of those three at the same time. She has also been known to hike, but only to make her husband happy.

3 thoughts on “The Sermon On the Stand

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    Well said, Petra. I don’t know that we teach that part of the New Testament anymore. I don’t know that we emphasize it.

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    During Elder Holland’s talk today, there was a photo of a happy family in which two young girls were wearing shoulder-revealing dresses.

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