Glenn Beck’s Warped Reading of the Sodom and Gomorrah Story

Even though the Bible itself says that the sin of Sodom and Gomorrow was in failing to provide hospitality, the Christian right continually invokes it as supporting their anti-gay bigotry. But Glenn Beck offered a really weird, warped reading of the story in comparing it to the modern gay rights movement.

In Beck’s recounting of Genesis 19, two angels arrived at Lot’s house when the men of Sodom and Gomorrah demanded they be sent outside so they could have sex with them, which Lot rejected, offering his own daughter as a substitute. And that is exactly what Christians are facing again today as they too are surrounded and pressured by gay activists who are forcing them to comply.

“Lot has said in his language of his day, ‘Guys, don’t force us to comply. Don’t force us to comply,'” Beck said. “No, you will comply! It shows that even back then, the religious were willing to — they didn’t want to fight, they’re not trying to control everybody — they’re just saying, no, I don’t want to participate.”

“Think of the people who won’t do floral arrangements for gay weddings,” he continued. “Think about the people who are bakers. Now there’s another one with a DJ. They just say, ‘I don’t want to participate.’ That’s what Lot was saying, we don’t want to participate. And in exchange for not participating, I’ll give you something I shouldn’t be offering, but I’ll comprise this far but no further. We’re making exactly the same mistakes and they are making exactly the same demands as were happening in Sodom and Gomorrah.”

Uh, Glenn…gay rights activists are not making any demand to be able to rape anyone, whether from heaven or earth. And this notion that the religious have never wanted to control people is so laughable that it’s hard to believe anyone would dare to make such a claim. The anti-gay movement in America has been demanding the right to throw gay people in jail throughout our entire history and they continue to do so. Nah, they don’t want to control anyone. They’re the good guys! It’s those evil gays who want to control them by not letting them control others!

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  • StevoR

    The actual Lot story :

    In cartoon form. Good sequel with his seduction too.

    Dana Hunter also has a good post on this as well!

  • John Pieret

    The anti-gay movement in America has been demanding the right to throw gay people in jail

    But, don’t you remember? He doesn’t know anyone who is is anti-gay!

    Which is why he has to set off on his own campaign to counter marriage equality!

  • Modusoperandi

    He’s right. I remember reading in the bible the story of The Gays surrounding Lot’s public-accessable business, demanding to receive bouquets in exchange for monetary compensation. It was said that you could hear the “thump thump” of disco music for miles around. Later, after Lot and his family left town, his wife looked back and was turned in to a pile of glitter. Then God smote the towns, pretty much ruining the Pride parade.

  •!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    So are the Christian right offering their daughters up to marry gay men? (Not sons to lesbians though, because they rarely seem to even acknowledge that lesbians exist.)

  • thomwatson

    The DJ incident to which he alludes doesn’t even have anything to do with marriage, at all; it was for a birthday party thrown by a gay married couple for their gay roommate. The DJ company isn’t claiming that they don’t want to be part of a wedding, but that they don’t want to have to serve any gay people any time.

  • Kevin Kehres

    Hold the phone…so Glenn would rather that his daughter be raped than bake a wedding cake for a gay person?

    Glenn is kind of an asshole, isn’t he?

  • otrame

    It annoys the hell out of me that they won’t even read their own Holy Book.

    Ezekiel 16:49:

    Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy.

  • tsig

    I’d rather she be raped than to bake a cake, bake a cake

    I’d rather she be raped than to bake a cake

    How’d you do, how’d you do, how’d you do.

  • Randomfactor

    Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease

    …and refused to cater the wedding.

  • fifthdentist

    Lot, being the only righteous man in the entire city, immediately fucked both of his daughters after his wife was turned into a pillar of salt.

    So just imagine how bad the unrighteous people were in that town?

  • busterggi

    Tabby @ 4. ” they rarely seem to even acknowledge that lesbians exist” – they do when they’re using the net and they’re alone in the dark.