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Sodom and Gomorrah

What Fred Phelps Didn't Learn From Sodom and Gomorrah

Rabbi Denise Eger | Posted 05.21.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Denise Eger

Too bad Fred Phelps didn't understand that Sodom was condemned not for sodomy or homosexuality but for the sin of inhospitality and hostility to strangers. They had to answer too. Now it's Fred Phelps' turn.

Coming Out as Jewish

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

When I speak on coming out and bring in my own experiences, I often leaven the stories with references to Jewish law and tradition. In some respects, not only am I repeatedly coming out to these audiences as trans and gay, but I'm also coming out as Jewish.

Bible Thumpers

John Corvino | Posted 06.03.2013 | Gay Voices
John Corvino

It's certainly true that many people claim that they find all they need to know within the Bible: God said it, I believe it, that settles it! There are at least two major problems with this approach.

America And The Poor

James Robison | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
James Robison

Satisfaction with the success and wealth of personal prosperity has led far too many Americans to trust the blessings freedom made possible while forsaking the truth and the living God who is necessary to set us free and keep us free.

Don’t Blame It On The Bible

Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D.

Most Americans who oppose gay rights and same-sex marriage justify their opposition by turning to the Bible. But does the Bible really oppose homosexuality? You'd be surprised.

Sodom And Gomorrah Revisited

Georgette Bennett, Ph.D. | Posted 04.10.2013 | Religion
Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.

Regardless of whether one is a literalist or a relativist, it seems to me that the true abomination lies in centuries of vilifying, criminalizing and persecuting a group of human beings in the name of religion.

PHOTOS: Finding Sodom In Madaba, Jordan's Historic City

Bob Schulman | Posted 04.08.2012 | Travel
Bob Schulman

To put it mildly, the ancient Jordanian city of Madaba has a bit of history: Moses may have first looked at The Promised Land from atop nearby Mount Nebo.

Who Are The Real Sodomites?

Jay Michaelson | Posted 06.15.2011 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

In Genesis, rape is the means, not the essence, of Sodom's wickedness. Reading the story Sodom as being about homosexuality is like reading the story of an axe-murderer and saying it's about an axe.

Were Sodom and Gomorrah Really Torched for Homosexuality?

John R. Coats | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John R. Coats

What if the authors of this fable intended the mob's behavior to be understood as symptomatic of something far more ominous -- that is, a breach in the social contract that could threaten the fabric of desert culture?

What Was the Real Sin of Sodom?

Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D.

The true sin of the Sodomites as described in the Bible has nothing to do with same-sex acts per se. Rather, the ancient Sodomites were punished by God for a far greater sins: radical inhospitality.