Post No. 25
So too does the Quran as does the Old Testament forbid eating shellfish or the meat of pigs. When the Old Testament was first created and handed down by mouth, before pen was put to parchment, there were good reasons to avoid both, but these reasons became obsolete with more current sanitary practices; nevertheless such rules are still followed by Orthodox Jews and others who persist on taking the Bible literally.
Another interpretation offered for the biblical verse so often quoted was the subterfuge of troops fleeing their enemy to don female clothes to escape , not unusual in ancient wars and in recent times. When the Titanic was sinking women and children had priority in lifeboats which was an opportunity seized by a few males to disguise themselves. Possibly the chapter in Deuteronomy referred to those few attempting to escape death — we will never know.