In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to gay couples everywhere the right to marry who they choose, there’s a lot of recovered noise about the topic of homosexuality. And you know from who. Are there a small amount of cases where people who aren’t religious oppose gay marriage? Undoubtedly, but the number is miniscule enough that it literally isn’t worth our time to discuss it. And surely any attempt to get us to discuss that small amount of cases would simply be an effort to get us to ignore the fact that the opposition to gay marriage is almost ENTIRELY faith based. (That’s why I like being an atheist, I don’t need a book that tells me who I have to discriminate against. Whoo)
So in the backlash to the court proceedings, one story that has resurfaced is the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Yes, the story about how a beloved biblical patriarch offered his daughters to a rapacious mob for the benefit of men he barely knew. (For anyone who’s interested, I’d like to point out that this is the man that God intentionally saves from Sodom and that his wife is the one that gets turned to salt.)
It starts with Abraham, actually, and we get to Lot later. In Genesis 18, just as in the book of Job, we’re shown God’s proclivity for gambling with the lives of others.
God: I’mma fuck this city up.
Abraham: But what if we can find fifty righteous people?
Abraham: What about forty?
[6 hours later]
Abraham: So, ten, huh?
God: Fine, ten.
I’d also like to note that I did not paraphrase the word “righteous” in there. The Bible honestly uses that word to describe Lot, the guy who, under domicile attack from a ravish-ready mob, utters the immortal and contradictory phrases of “Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly!” followed by “See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men…” (which, in my Andrews Study Bible, somehow got spin doctored into the pic below…)
Considering that this story, instead of having Liam Neeson fight for the daughter taken from him, he basically hands her over straight away because he’s got dinner guests (more of a “Given” rather than “Taken”) it is beyond me why any Christian would use it as any sort of foundation for an argument about moral behavior. Furthermore, the girls somehow decide that there is no other man left in the world with whom to copulate, so they choose their father, get him drunk, and get themselves pregnant while he’s sleeping (maybe that’s why he wanted to get rid of them.)
Regardless of these troubling and damning family dynamics, Christians insist upon using this story as part of the case against homosexuality from the perspective of following the commandments of God. There are 2 glaring problems that I can see with this kind of thinking.
1) Nowhwere in this story does it say that homosexuality is the reason God is destroying Sodom and Gomorrah.
It is pure, crystalized specualation when Christians even attempt to say that it was homosexuality. It mentions that God is going to destroy them because there was an outcry against them, a claim that God was going to check out. Actually, he debated even telling Abe about it. It also says that their sin is very great, but does not specify what that sin is. Neither do the two angels specify the nature of Sodom’s sin when they show up at Lot’s house, but ostensibly they were busy getting his ass pre-un-burnt, so they were too busy for backstory.
The point is, God didn’t say it to Abraham, the angels didn’t say it to Lot, NOBODY made even remotely clear what the sin of Sodom was and why God was destroying it, therefore it is completely inappropriate to say it was because of homosexuality.
2) When the Bible does talk about Sodom and Gomorrah next, guess what it still doesn’t mention?
The next time that Sodom and Gomorrah make a cameo is in the book of Ezekiel. Actually, they make quite the full-length feature in Ezekiel, and it still has yet to mention this elusive “homosexuality”. Ezekiel’s got plenty of time to tell us what is wrong with each one of the cities that he mentions, and he repeats things a lot, but homosexuality never makes the list. Would you like to know Sodom’s real crime?
“‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘neither your sister Sodom nor her daughters have done as you and your daughers have done. Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daugher had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty and committed abomination before me; therefore I too them away as I saw fit.'” (Ezekiel 16:48-50)
Good lord, was that a golden opportunity to bring up the gay thing or what? But he didn’t. So you’re telling me that the Bible never states that this is about homosexuality, and even when it does say what it’s about, homosexuality doesn’t make the list?
Christians, just give up. If for some reason, you must continue your fight against gay marriage (and you do not), carry on, but leave this story out of it. It’s an honest suggestion from someone who is seeing how bad you’re embarassing yourselves with this one.
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