Last edited: March 28, 2004

Not in the Bible

Miami Herald, August 19, 2003
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Re the Aug. 13 letter Sodom and Gomorrah: It’s time to put the anti-gay myth to rest. The Bible specifically declares the cause of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah: “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom: pride, fullness of bread and abundance of idleness was in her, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy; and they were haughty, and committed abomination before Me. Therefore I took them away as I saw good [fit],” Ezekiel 16:49-50. “Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication and going after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire,” Jude 1:7.

I don’t see how anyone can read homosexuality into any of that. Those who would interpret these verses to mean that people of Sodom and Gomorrah were all destroyed for being homosexual have created a doctrine based on their own bias and fears. There were five cities destroyed, not just Sodom and Gomorrah. I just don’t believe that five kingdoms were populated by nothing but homosexuals. My brothers and sisters of faith must stop perverting the Bible to defend their personal prejudices.

- The Rev. Jim Cunningham, Hollywood

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