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

Glenn Beck’s Warped Reading of the Sodom and Gomorrah Story June 17, 2015

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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