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Title Houston Voice, No. 1172, April 11, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
  • Crain, Chris
Publisher Window Media
Date April 11, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript r HOUSTON VOICE www.houston voice.com APRIL 11, 2003 13 point REV. JIM WEBB Support for sodomy laws is built on a platform of religious fraud, taken out of context to repress lays and support a notion of public morality. Sins of Sodom revisited again TEXAS' BAN ON GAY SEX SHOULD BE overturned because it violates the constitutional right to privacy I hope it will be overturned because it deprives Texans of equal protection under the law — the law applies only to gays. The Texas law against "homosexual conduct" is based on religious teachings, so it also constitutes a violation of th» separation between church and state. Conservative groups support the law because gays are not so popular among the religious right. But their attack of private acts on the basis of "public morality" is built on a platform of religious fraud. Sodomy laws are based on Biblical teachings taken out of context misunderstood and misinterpreted by time, translation and design. Most of us are woefully ignorant of its teachings, except for a few "just-so" stories from Sunday School, and the Hollywood Biblical epics. In this case, our ignorance is used against us. The Biblical misunderstandings created sodomy laws that are used as a weapon against us. They are selectively enforced to ruin lives and terrorize THE SIN OF SODOMITES WAS NOT "THE wickedness of homosexuality" as those on the religious right would have you believe — it was a lack of hospitality and their worship of pagan idols. Sodom was a tiny fortress in the barren wasteland of the Dead Sea, according to biblical scholar Dr Rembert Truluck. The only strangers that the people of Sodom ever came into contact with were enemies bent on destroying them, or on taking over valuable trade routes. When word spread through this small enclave that Lot had visitors, Sodom's inhabitants naturally became curious and wanted "to know" them. It is illogical that they wanted "to know them in the Biblical sense," but simply that their fear of strangers fueled their curiosity As the crowd became larger, more fearful and more unruly, Lot sent out his daughters. If the male inhabitants of Sodom had been gay, it is illogical that Lot would have appeased them by sending out his daughters. When God destroyed this city, we believed that God did so as a result of homosexuality. But this biblical passage's nustranslation of the phrase "to know" contributed to a religious, cultural, and legal bias against homosexuals. The phrase "to know" is used 913 times in the Bible, according to Truluck. and is only interpreted to mean "to have sexual relations with" twice, fo bom places where it is used in this way the traditional meaning of "to know" makes more sense Other biblical passages that reference Sodom and Gomorrah actually refute the premise that God destroyed these cities due to homosexuality For example, Ezekiel 16:48-50 clearly indicates that God destroyed Sodom due to its inhabitants' lack of hospitality Deuteronomy 29:21-28 adds idolatry to the list of "sins" that caused this city to be destroyed. Neither passage mentions homosexuality THE CONCEPT OF SODOMY DIDNT EVEN really exist until the 11th century, when Christian reformer and hermit Peter Damian coined the term to categorize an abstract set of homoerotic acts, elevating them to the level preoccupying sin, according to Mark D. Jordan in his book "The Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theology." This categorization was based on the same misinterpretations of Sodom and Gomorrah, and fueled by the early church fathers' continued discomfort with human sexu^ty which had been evolving for centuries. In this example, the truth became distorted not only because of translation differences — translating Aramaic speech into Greek writings — but also when the early church fathers' discomfort with sexuality and pleasure influenced the interpretation of the ancient teachings. This distortion has been the basis of religious intolerance, social oppression and legalized victimization of gays through sodomy laws that are still enforced today -Sodomy laws not only violate our right to privacy and equal protection under the law. the laws also violate the separation and church and state when it is held up to the scrutiny of the truth. This is a case where the truth can literally set us free. Rev. .Im Webb is an ordained interfaitJh ii minister -and author living in Washington, and can be reached at revjimwebbia^Lcom. The Mestlv lifebilees Seclel Life ef ETHAN 6IEEN bv Eric Orner erlc_ornere ethangreen .com
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