Hugo Kelly looks at how his brethren are reacting to the abortion debate:

Mungo MacCallum memorably describes John Howard as an “unflushable turd”. Will the unfolding abortion debate turn out to be Howard’s turd?

The nutters are coming out to play in the cesspit already, muddying the waters and turning things putrid. There was silly old Alan Cadman’s stone-age contribution to the debate in today’s Australian:

“I can’t believe that women in this day and age are so dumb to get pregnant willy-nilly,” he told Sam Maiden.

Then, this morning, a statement appeared in the NSW press gallery under the letterhead of Queensland pro-life Nationals Senator, Ron Boswell:

A message from Senator Boswell:

I believe it is important to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal and try to share that 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.

There follows what appears to be a cut and paste of a spoof letter circulated on the Internet a few years ago.

The “media release” continues:

I do however need to clarify some issues regarding some other elements of God’s Law and how to follow them and I have sought to do so through a series of questions, through the parliamentary process.

1. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odour for the Lord – Lev. 1:9. The problem is my neighbours. They claim the odour 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 uncleanliness – Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offence.

4. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighbouring 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 neighbour who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2. The passage 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? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?

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 garments made of two different kinds of Wead (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 stone 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:f4)

I hope that sharing these important questions with you will help clear up my speculation as to my intentions in recent days.