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“”Other contend that this [Levitical law] was part of Old Testament, Levitical law and Christians today are not held to those standards. I would have to say that I seriously hope the latter is true because if you read on in that chapter you would see that we would all be doomed if that verse applies today. Leviticus 19:19 forbids the mixing of fibers in their clothing—no more cotton/poly! .
|—Rapture Ready, which still uses Leviticus to condemn homosexuality.|
Cherry picking, when used figuratively, refers to selective extraction of points in an argument in order to refute or affirm them while ignoring others which will not support the point(s) being made. Often, these cherry-picked factoids or references will be over-extrapolated and oversold to give the impression that they are representative, when they are not. It is used very frequently by creationists.
In practical terms, it refers to a mechanic who chooses to work on newer units in relatively pristine condition, leaving the more intractable, less convenient jobs for others to swear at.
It derives from the obvious reluctance to harvest unripe, or overripe, fruit and to select only those which will make profit (or pie).
 Other uses
In the pharmaeutical industry, a "cherry picking protocol" can be part of the drug discovery process. Say you're looking for a drug that'll neutralize Protein XYZ. You take several thousand chemicals whose effects are unknown, and dose a small number of cells in a culture medium with each chemical individually, putting each chemical/cell culture combo in its own separate miniature test tube. You then pass them under a detector that can tell if the cells were affected or not, which records which tubes had a response you're looking for and which didn't. The act of separating out the tubes that had a response, for further testing, is called "hit picking" or "cherry picking."
"Cherry picking" also refers to the act of picking cherries.