A recent comment on a post of mine related to homosexuality sparked a realization related to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis.
On the one hand, what conservatives do in making that story into ammunition against homosexuals is disturbing enough. There is no reference anywhere to the people of that city having had the custom of engaging in same sex relations prior to divine judgment coming upon them – that is something they add. Indeed, texts which mention the sins of Sodom focus on their haughtiness and lack of concern for the poor. And so the fact that people who are engaging in the real “sin of Sodom” use the text not to motivate themselves to repentance, but to condemn others, is sadly ironic.
What conservatives add to Genesis 19 is disturbing. But their omission – the fact that they show little concern for what the story actually depicts – seems to me equally disturbing, if not indeed more so.