Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Sin Of Sodom

"Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy." That would Ezekiel 16:49.

I wouldn't bother mentioning this -- what with me being an atheist, and all -- except that, in my life, the people I hear protesting the most loudly against taking in refugees or living in the same country as Muslims are the same ones who speak the most loudly about their Christian faiths. Also:

"When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God." That one would be Leviticus 19:33-34.

As Ezekiel (a notoriously cranky old bastard) might have said: Listen and take heed, motherfuckers.


  1. This is not the testament you're looking for. [waves hand vaguely...]

  2. Good stuff. I am always troubled when folks equate the violent intents of men in Sodom with gay people who simply seek a monogamous loving relationship with one who they love.

  3. Thanks. The story of Sodom and Gomorrah makes far more sense to me as a condemnation of a complete lack of hospitality than as anything to do with sexual orientation.

    1. Good point. The men of Sodom are portrayed as people bent on doing violence to the visitors. Far from anything loving or hospitable.


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