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Understand: America is not Sodom!
By Khalil Amani
If you didn't know, I'm a serious student of religious history! I've studied religion---all religion---extensively! After leaving the Yahweh cult, I minored in religion at the University of Nebraska. I damn near read the whole religious section at that university's library! I've read the best scholars and scholarship on religion, which led me to write four (4) books on religion. Therefore, I can cogently speak and write and pontificate on religious matters. I don't hold any one particular faith/religion as definitive truth and sacrosanct. They are all worthy of deconstruction and criticism. Now let's delve right on in on the subject of comparing & contrasting America and Sodom (and Gomorrah).
For far too long, the biblical story of Sodom & Gomorrah has been the Christian’s feeble attempt at condemning homosexuality as anathema (hatred) in the sight of God. This article wasn’t written to convert you into accepting homosexuality. Hell no! Neither was it written to defend gay-rights or further the phantom Illuminati "gay-agenda" (We've already accomplished that without your cosign! Just turn on the TV! And gay marriage is the law of the land! Thus saith the Supreme Court, so yeah, fuck your cosign!). I really don’t care if you like gay people or not. If you're not a mover and shaker, your "opinion" is quite irrelevant in the grand scheme of social evolution and social justice. Hating gays and gay marriage is just your fucked-up religious upbringing rearing its ugly head and it doesn't matter if you're Christian or claim to be so-called "conscious." All of your silly and asinine arguments about gays not being able to procreate and further the species are some B/S to the 10th power! Before you worry about whether gays can procreate (make babies) or not, how about worrying about all of those heterosexual men and women who have abandoned their children to the foster care system to take care of them? How about worrying about all those dead-beat parents who give no fucks about the children they've produced? How about worrying about the millions of heterosexuals who daily visit murder/abortion clinics all over America, like a McDonald's drive through! This essay was written to bring sanity and clarity to the erroneous comparison of an ancient biblical city (Sodom) with the world’s greatest country—America.
The majority of the earth's people will always be heterosexual! So hate on! That’s between you and your ignorance. My fight is with people using bogus religious imagery and superimposing it to fit their worldview of America. I call it “historical gymnastics.” In the words of our favorite black attorney (Johnnie Cochran), “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit!” For this article, America is my “OJ” and Sodom is the “bloody glove.” Shit just doesn’t fit.
Yes! America is guilty of a lot of shit, but for all of America’s egregious crimes against humanity, the Sodom comparison is unfounded. I shall now attempt to bring the truth to you, straight-no-chaser!
For most of our ignorant Christian lives we’ve made reference to the biblical story of Sodom & Gomorrah as the place where God destroyed those cities because of their homosexual “lifestyle.” Right? This story is conclusive “proof” that God hates homosexuality right? Many of you haven’t been to church since your childhood, but find it convenient to play the religious “homo card” to banish gay people from your psyche. Just throw out "Sodom & Gomorrah” and you feel you’ve made a credible and defensible argument—and the fact that you read it in the Bible, it has got to be the truth!
There is nothing remotely similar between the biblical cities of Sodom & Gomorrah and the United States of America! I know it’s so religiously cool to make this comparison, but, in reality, you are just parroting and regurgitating some “church shit” that has been taken way out of its historical context. You that subscribe to such a comparison are doing “historical gymnastics” to try and make a “square peg fit into a round hole”—shit just doesn’t fit when you “Know-the-Ledge”—know the whole story.
Erroneously, Sodom & Gomorrah are used by church folk and pseudo-religionists who hold the Bible as an “all-inspired-Word-of-God” text and homophobes to “prove” that God hates homosexuality—that God abhors GAY PEOPLE—that any country (i.e. America) that would be tolerant of same-gender-loving people—that would consider gay marriage as a Constitutional right is as wicked and corrupt and perverse and sinful as Sodom & Gomorrah.
It amazes me that people who read the Sodom & Gomorrah story hone in on the homosexuality and say nothing of Lot’s (heterosexual) actions! Here’s a father who offers up his young virgin daughters to be raped by countless men—big dicks, small dicks, dirty, uncircumcised, sweaty, Buckwheat-in-a-headlock-hairy dicked heterosexual men! Lot would allow his virgin daughters to be used as cum-dumpsters! And then Lot takes it a step further when he fucks his daughters—an incestuous act that is repulsive in any society. (See Genesis 18) But you don’t hear me though! Homosexuality peaks your interest more than (gang) rape, pedophilia and incest. The townspeople wanting a little brown-eye (male butthole) from two angels is more alarming than running a train on (gang raping) underage virginal girls. The fuck? Shouldn't you be outraged and repulsed by the pedophilia, the possible gang-raping of virgins and incest---and what a douche of a father Lot was towards his daughters? And the fact that Lot's virgin daughters would conjure up the idea to fuck their daddy for the sake of making babies, just because there were no men around? Side-eye. (Little fast-ass heifers!) All of this extracurricular shit goes down and when the dust settles, we are focused on some homosexuality, that may or may not have even happened! Go back and read the damned story without bias!
The VERY FACT that Lot offers up his daughters as a sexual sacrifice means that Sodom WAS NOT exclusively a homosexual city. That would be like offering a vegetarian a steak! It doesn't make sense to offer up virgin girls to gay men! That fact alone should dispel the myth that homosexuality was rampant in Sodom and that the men of Sodom were a bunch of GAY DUDES! That's an easy extrapolation! The inhabitants of Sodom were just like any city in America when it comes to its sexual makeup—straight, gay and everything in between. Remember, Lot was a (married heterosexual) resident of Sodom.
What do you really know about the Sodomites, as a people? You hear the word 'Sodomite" and your mind automatically goes to "GAY," but did you know that the Sodomites were a very religious bunch---part of that sacred Ancient Near Eastern Order of Goddess religions that proliferated the Middle East? In fact, the Sodomites were so wildly popular that when the ancient Israelites encountered them and their religious practices, they sought to convert from the crudeness of Israelite law to the Sodomite and Goddess religious practices, even erecting Sodomite and Goddess alters in their temples! Facts! There are only four (4) scriptures in the Old Testament which deal with the Sodomites and they all deal with the Sodomites setting up alters in the Israelite temples and the Israelite prophets bitching about this. (See: I Kings 14:24; 15:12; 22:46, II Kings23:7) Them niggas (the Israelites) were never monotheists (one god worshipers)! The were henotheists. (They believed in their god Yahweh without deny other gods, i.e. Goddess and Sodomites deities.)
What was it about Sodomite and Goddess worship that caused the Israelites to stray from their god, Yahweh? Sex! Sex! And more sex! That's right! Sex had been part of the Ancient Near Eastern religions since Time Immemorial. Sex was the ultimate show of worship and ritual to the Divine---the Goddess!
And along comes these freebooters and gypsies and wanderers and nomads and displaced people, who were called "Hebrews" (meaning to "cross over" or "cross a boundary") by the people they encountered. They wanted in on the sex action of the Goddess and Sodomite cults and went straightway at it! Now what do you think the Israelite preachers, the Levites, the priestly class did about the "shit-uation?" I'll tell ya! They got out their #2 pencils and paper and attacked the very foundation of Goddess and Sodomite worship, which was SEX! They concocted laws against sex and claimed that shit as "God's law!" They didn't give a shit about homosexuality! They gave a shit about sex, hetero and homo sex as ritual and worship! Thus, they came up with the law of Deuteronomy 23:17, "There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel." You read "whore" and "sodomite" and think that the Bible is tallumbout a prostitute and gay people! That's just your 21st century mind trying to understand some words from the Bible that carry a bias. Truth is, prostitution is not mentioned in the Bible! Truth is, there is no word or concept of prostitution in the Bible! Truth is, what Bible folk try to say is "prostitution" is really alms giving to the goddess. Truth is, when Deuteronomy 23:17 refers to these "whores" and "sodomites" they are really referring to goddess worshippers and sodomite religion worshipers, who used sex as the sacred act of devotion to their deity, not prostitutes and gay men! This law (Deuteronomy 23:17) was written as a deterrent to the Israelites and their straying away to goddess and sodomite religious practices.
Giving a token to the women who performed the sex ritual was for the goddess, not for their own pockets for sex! Merlin Stone, in her book, When God Was A Woman writes, "Women who made love in the temples were known in their own language as 'sacred women,' 'the undefiled.' Their Akkadian name of qadishtu is literally translated as 'sanctified women' or 'holy women'. ...The use of the word 'prostitute' as a translation for qadishtu not only negates the sanctity of that which was held sacred [their temple fucking], but suggests, by inference and social implications of the word, an ethnocentric subjectivity on the part of the writer... the word prostitute entirely distorts the very meaning of the ancient customs which the writer is supposedly explaining" (157).
Yes! The Israelites were steeped in Goddess worship! Thus, the book of Jeremiah says, "The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods..." (7:18) AND "when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her..." (44:19)
Who was the "Queen of Heaven?" She was the Goddess "Asherah" aka "Ishtar" aka "Isis" (in Egypt)! The Israelites LOVED the Goddess's dirty drawhs---to the dismay of the prophets and their god Yahweh. Why? Because SEX was part of the Goddess's ritual! Gay and straight sex! Of course the Bible had to "go in" on homosexuality! Why of course! It was a ritual that took the Israelites away from worshiping their god! Why of course!
Sex, as ritual and worship were practiced by the so-called "temple prostitutes" (who we now know were NOT prostitutes at all, but rather holy womenl) and the sodomites. Can you start to see the trick that the Bible put us in, as it relates to sex? The crime of you 21st century Negroes is reading the Bible and superimposing your 21st century understanding of religion and sex on a culture that is not yours. It is criminal! You cannot presume to place your 21st century morality unto an ancient culture's morality, yet this is what we've done arguing against homosexuality!
You need to understand the religious practices of the Ancient Near East before you go running off at the mouf about Sodom and Gomorrah! Now that you've been primed, let's deal with Sodom and Gomorrah and why God destroyed those cities.
For those of you who like to quote the Bible, I’ve got TWO SCRIPTURES that will totally kill your homosexual argument! Wanna read them? Here they are! Ezekiel 16:49-50 says: “…this is the iniquity [sin] of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness… neither did she [Sodom] strengthen the hand of the poor and needy and they were haughty…”
See? The sin of Sodom (and Gomorrah) was not that men were fucking other men up the ass! The sin of Sodom was their violation of the unwritten law of HOSPITALITY towards the stranger. They were some greedy fucks—some arrogant assholes—some stingy stewards of God’s provisions! The Prophet Ezekiel NEVER mentions their sexual appetites! Why? Because their sexuality was intertwined with their religious beliefs, being that sex was how these people showed their devotion to the Deity (God).
For the key to understanding what the ancient Israelites believed about Sodom—you have to study the word HOSPITALITY. Take five minutes and Google “Ancient Near Eastern Hospitality.” It was all about treating strangers well when you encountered them. Israel was strict about this because they had once been strangers in Egypt. Dissing strangers was a very serious thing back then. Again, go do some fast-food microwave “research” and Google the word "hospitality" in the Ancient Near/Middle East. These niggas, the Sodomites were some stingy, arrogant, self-serving, hording bastards! And God hated that shit—way more than their ass-fucking activities. Facts!!!
Now! Juxtapose Sodom’s stinginess with the great amount of foreign and domestic aid America has given to the world. America is a world-leader in rescuing nations that are on the verge of financial ruin. America is among the first to distribute aid in catastrophic events. Say what the fuck you want about America, but America kicks “hospitality ass” when it comes to giving money— Israel, Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Peru, Africa, Bosnia, Haiti, Indonesia —the list is endless!
America has given trillions of dollars to help humanity—unlike the stingy Sodomites.
How about American philanthropists Bill Gates, who has given away untold millions, yea, billions of his fortune and Warren Buffett who gave 40 billion dollars to charity! And then there’s F.E.M.A., Red Cross, food banks, UNICEF, the Peace Corps and The United Way. Oprah Winfrey and Lebron James building schools! There are celebrity charities and athletic charities and common-folk charities. Not to mention the missionary work of Christian organizations who feed the hungry abroad. Americans are the most charitable and altruistic and philanthropic people on earth! America is the most HOSPITABLE nation in the history of nations!
What do you mean America is like Sodom & Gomorrah? Get your head out of homosexual men’s asses and understand that Sodom & Gomorrah were destroyed for being an inhospitable and stingy group of people! The Bible and every ancient commentator didn’t give a fuck about them being gay! It is only you 20th/21st century Christians who have flip-da-script and made Sodom’s issue one of perverse homosexuality. If the ancient Jews were sooooo against homosexuality, why didn’t they make a law against lesbianism? The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible writes “Lesbianism is not mentioned in the Old Testament, but condemned with male homosexuality in the New Testament” (Crim et al., p. 819). Yeah, that’s right! Girl-on-girl action didn’t seem to bother them! Step your history-game up and stop cosigning ignorance!
Not receiving the stranger—not being hospitable lead to the downfall of Sodom & Gomorrah. Even your man Jesus knew that when he supposedly said:
“And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, inquire in it who is worthy: and there abide [stay] till ye go thence [leave]. And when ye come into an home salute [respect, honor] it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you [show hospitality], nor hear you words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily [truly] I say unto you. IT SHALL BE MORE TOLERABLE for the LAND OF SODOM and GOMORRAH in the day of judgment, than for that city [which dissed your ass]” Matthew 10: 11-15.
Now where’s the homosexuality that y’all be talkin’ about? See? It is about HOSPITIALITY versus INHOSPITALITY, which lead to the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah! If Jesus didn’t call Sodom & Gomorrah a gay-town, who the hell are you to make it a gay-town?
Every credible ancient commentator recognized what Ezekiel and Jesus knew. Don’t believe me? Of course you don’t! Check the ancient sources, all written before most of the New Testament, which have always been around, but out of the eyesight of the religious public. It is from them, that you can get a clearer picture of what people used to think about Sodom & Gomorrah and again, it had nothing to do with homosexuality! Now read!
According to I Clement 11:1, written between 70 C.E./A.D.-140 C.E./A.D. says, “Because of his hospitality and piety, Lot was saved from Sodom.”
In your New Testament book of Hebrews (13:2), it states, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers [show hospitality]: for some have entertain angels awares.”
3 Maccabees 2:5, written between 1 B.C./B.C.E.-1 C.E./A.D. writes: “You [God] burned with fire and brimstone the arrogant Sodomites, who were unseen in their vices, and you made them an example to posterity.”
Remember Ezekiel 16 said the Sodomites were “haughty,” which means arrogant. The sexual stuff was second-class sin to this unwritten law of hospitality.
The Book of Wisdom (19:14), written 1 B.C./B.C.E. writes, “Others [the Sodomite] had refused to receive [show hospitality towards the] strangers when they came.”
The region of the Sodomites… was laden with innumerable injustices, especially those arising from gluttony and lust… The cause of this excess in licentiousness among the inhabitants [of Sodom] was the unfailing abundance of wealth, for, provided with deep soil and ample water, this region every year enjoyed a harvest of all manner of crops… They threw off from their necks the law of nature by indulging in strong drink, rich food, and forbidden forms of intercourse (Philo, Abraham 134-135).
Notice that the commentator lists their greed first and then makes illusions to “forbidden forms of intercourse,” which, by the way, shows us that this commentator (Philo) has infused his ethnocentric/religiocentric bias into his work. We, who study religious history know this, because, for millions of ancient near eastern people, homosexuality was not a “forbidden form of intercourse.” This is the Judeo-Christian mind commenting on another culture. It would be no different than a Muslim telling a Christian that pork is a “forbidden food.”—forbidden because a Muslim says it’s forbidden? You can’t engage in another man’s culture and religion and then superimpose your standards of what is right, wrong, and forbidden. That’s the Bible’s biggest error!
A reference from The Eerdman’s Bible Dictionary, where it states:
God destroyed the city [Gomorrah] along with Sodom because of the wickedness of its inhabitants… Sodom and Gomorrah thus became proverbial for wickedness and divine punishment... while many take this account to be a CONDEMNATION of HOMOSEXUALITY, the focus of divine displeasure is rather the citizens’ disregard for the near eastern practice of HOSPITALITY (Myers et al., p. 431). The idea that the fundamental sin of Sodom was homosexual behavior is not found in the Old Testament (959).
Again, you don’t hear me though! Your preacher gave you his homophobic and biased and distorted version because he’s towing the party-line.
I could go on and on and on with this, but the history is clear to anyone who wants to know the truth. All of the scholars agree that homosexuality was the least of Sodom’s problems and that being stingy and inhospitable lead to their ultimate demise.
The America/Sodom analogy is an unfounded, unproven, erroneous, and historically fraudulent charge, which was concocted by Christian homophobes to further their homophobic agenda. The fact that there are gay communities in every (civilized) nation around the world is no biblical proof of the “End Times,” “This System of Things” or the “End of the World.” Poppycock!
Your Sodom analogy sounds like you’ve studied, but to the trained ear, you’re just a parrot, spewing the ignorance of your religious upbringing. Indeed, if America were truly like Sodom & Gomorrah, the nations of the earth would be in big trouble! Thank God that we live in a society with a conscience when it comes to the world around us. When America becomes a stingy nation, then you’ll have your analogy. Until then, go study and stop speaking blindly.
Khalil Amani is"Gay hip-hop's Straight Advocate." A Miami native who writes for Allhiphop.com, DJ Kay Slay’s Straight Stuntin Magazines. He’s been featured in L.A. Times, Miami New Times, Miami Herald, Thump/Vice/Noisey.com, Forward, Spin Magazine, DaveyD.com, DJ Kay Slay's Streetsweeper Sirius XM Radio Show, The Opperman Report, Sa NeterTV, CBS's, "West 57th Street" (1988), The Biography Channel's, "I Survived a Cult" (2010), The Biography Channel's, "Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult" (2013) and 2018's, ID (Investigation Discovery) Channel in conjunction with People Magazine "Cults." Look for upcoming features on Mr. Amani in February 2019 on Oxygen Channel and People Magazine! Amani is the author of seven books, including the groundbreaking“Hip-Hop Homophobes...” (iuniverse.com ’07). Amani majored in English and Black Studies at San Diego Mesa College and the University of Nebraska. Follow on IG @khalil_amani, Facebook, Twitter @khalilamani. Email @email@example.com