Letter: Who Are the Real Sodomites?
Press & Dakotan, August 21, 1998
Box 56,Yankton, D 7078
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In her letter (Press & Dakotan, July 30), Sue Hersman brings up an interesting
question: "What does sodomy mean?" Websters Dictionary defines it as
"any intercourse held to be abnormal." Which includes many options practiced by
But, lets look at the words origins. Sodomy obviously comes from Sodom,
which along with its neighboring city, Gomorrah, was destroyed by God. And why? The common
belief is that the people of Sodom were homosexuals.
However, there is nothing to back up that myth. The men of Sodom wanted to
"know" Lots visitors, clearly forcibly. When someone forces sex on another
person, thats rape. It is widely known that in days gone by, men who conquered other
towns and villages would not only rape the women, but the men as well. This would
establish a symbolic dominance, and symbolism, like superstitions, went a long way back
then. And, if these men were gay, would Lot have offered his daughters instead? I think
It should further be noted that, while the Bible never says that God destroyed S&G
for homosexuality, it specifically states that these cities were destroyed for
"wickedness" and "inhospitality."
Inhospitality is best demonstrated these days in how many Christian churches ostracize
Gods gay and lesbian children.
So, you tell me whos the sodomite!
Ken Scott, Honolulu, Hawaii
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