Chronicling the follies of religion and superstition, the virtues of skepticism, and the wonders of the real (natural) universe as revealed by science. Plus other interesting and educational stuff.
"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."
“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.
“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”
The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.
Maybe if sodomy was called something else Christians wouldn’t be so alarmed by it. The act itself is only called such because of a town full of people God burned to the ground for being “wicked”.
A little history:
The Bible is not specifically clear what exactly the Sodomites did to deserve such a fate. Not a word actually says anal sex.
The men of Sodom do ask Lot to let them have sex with the angels, who look like men, sent by God to destroy the town. Instead, Lot offers them a couple of his daughters to “do ye to them as is good in your eyes”. They refuse and are blinded by the angels when they try to attack Lot.
God burns down four towns altogether and turns Lot’s wife to salt for looking back at the towns, after she was warned not to, as they were fleeing with Lot and his daughters.
Lot takes his first and last born daughters to a nearby town that was not consumed in flames and went into a cave with them. The two girls concoct the idea to get their father drunk on wine and “lay” with him. They do and end up bearing his kids. In their defense it was all to save his “seed”.
Okay, so the Bible is more specific about incest of Lot and his daughters than it is about homosexuality or anal sex in Sodom and/or Gomorrah (picking pieces of the Bible for a personal agenda is a topic for another day). However, it does mention the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners. But it appears the Lot family was more hardcore than the Sodomite men. Which brings me back to where we began.
Why sodomy? Why not Gomorrahmy? Or why not a name referring to one of the inconsequential towns that was engulfed in flames? If we can just pick a town at random, how about Forney or Bumpville? (actual names of towns)
Or, how about we just call it sex? Sex. Yes, that works best because that is what it is. Between a man and a man, or a man and a woman. I guess even between two women, if they get creative, it’s just sex. I am willing to bet most men and women who do engage in anal sex never call it sodomy. It is a word used to negatively compare certain people to the ones God killed for a very unclear reason.
This story in the Bible that could very easily be “one of those” used to make a point or explain an event (because who was there to document the beginning of the world in Genesis?). Regardless of its authenticity theologians, fundamentalists, and Christians in general can only speculate that God was upset with Sodomites for having anal sex. They can only assume.
So, dear Christians, if you wouldn’t mind, please put down the book for I fear it’s making an ass out of you.