Mike Heath — no, not the one who commented here for so long — is a virulent anti-gay bigot from Maine. He went on a right wing show and said that there is a “direct correlation” between the United States today and Sodom and Gomorrah. And if we are to take the Bible seriously, he may be right — but not in the way he thinks.
“If you think about America today, we’re starting to see guys … who are on the streets as part of Antifa or whatever,” Heath said, “and the violence is becoming more and more extreme in public. So we’re beginning to see a direct correlation between what actually happened [in Sodom], and a lot of times, that violence is aimed—maybe a little bit indirectly at this point, but I think it’s becoming more direct—at Christianity.”
Fisher, a radical Religious Right activist in his own right, wholeheartedly agreed.“There is no question about it,” Fisher said. “When you read the story in Genesis about Lot and the angels who came to visit him, these men are wanting to rape these angels … That just shows you the kind of violent sexuality that this produces. It’s a lawless kind of wickedness that we haven’t ever seen in this country before, but it’s beginning to show.”
But the Bible itself says that the reason Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed was because they weren’t taking care of the poor and needy. It says so quite clearly in Ezekiel 16:
Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.
That’s God speaking directly to one of his prophets and telling him why he destroyed those cities. Fundamentalists ignore that, as if it didn’t exist, so they can stick to their “gay people caused it” nonsense. Even if you take their religion seriously, this interpretation is nonsense and clearly falsified by itself. Given how we’ve treated immigrants, the poor and needy in this country recently, that does kinda sound like a direct correlation.