Sodom and Gomorrah: the story in Genesis 19
and references elsewhere in the Bible
"Saying that the last recorded acts of the Sodomites -- the
demands for same-gender sex -- are proof that they were destroyed for
homosexuality is like saying that a condemned man cursing his guards on the
way to his execution is being executed for cursing the guards. Sodom was
judged worthy of destruction before the incident with Lot and the angels." Inge Anderson 1
"The Genesis passage is very clear, that the sin of Sodom that
brought on the destruction of the city was indeed linked to homosexuality."
R. Albert Mohler 2
"The activities in Sodom were to homosexuality what rape is to heterosexuality."
Genesis 19 is one of the most commonly cited of the half-dozen anti-homosexual "clobber"
passages in the Bible.
The term "Sodomite" was originally used
to refer to an
inhabitant of Sodom -- a city which was located somewhere on a plain in Canaan. It
later became a legal term to refer to criminal sexual acts. It is
now commonly used, at least on the Internet, airwaves and other media, by religious conservatives as a
derogatory synonym for a lesbian or gay person -- and occasionally for a bisexual.
This section discusses the full diversity of Christian interpretations of
Introduction: About Sodom.
Interpretations by conservative and liberal/progressive Christians.
Fred Tasker, "What does the Bible say about homosexuality?",
Philadelphia Inquirer, 1997-JUL-13. The article was based on an earlier survey of
religions opinion of 6 theologians and religious leaders covering the range from
conservative to liberal thought, including R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Seminary