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God Hates Fags???

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God Hates Fags??? A Literal Reading of Genesis 19 Proves Otherwise. The activist group God Hates Fags, like many Christian "family-values" organizations, promote the opinion that God abominates homosexuality. But does God really hate fags? Let's find out by reading the most taken-out-of-context, allegedly "antigay" chapter from the Old Testament of the Holy Bible (the Torah if you're Jewish): Genesis 19. Here's where we find the famous tale of Sodom and Gomorrah. While the conventional interpretation of this chapter supposedly affirms God's detestation of homosexuality, when read literally--that is, stripped of its dogmatic context--the chapter reveals quite the opposite: God, in fact, hates straights. Don't believe me, read for yourself. Here's how the story unfolds, literally: Two angels come to the gate of Sodom, where they are met by Lot. Lot is favored by the Lord Yahweh because he is, unlike the rest of Sodom's population, virtuous. They have come to warn Lot that Yahweh intends to destroy Sodom and its sister city Gomorrah, but that He will allow Lot and his family to flee the city providing they don't look back while doing so. ...read more.

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Surely no one shits in heaven. The story continues: The next morning Lot, his wife, and his two daughters fled the condemned city. As they made their way into the surrounding mountains, "the Lord rained upon Sodom and Gomorrah fire and brimstone out of heaven." Lot's wife, very understandably, looked back at the inferno engulfing her home. For this act of disobedience, she was turned immediately into a pillar of salt, leaving Lot a widower. So much for the sanctity of that marriage! So Lot shacks up with his two daughters who are, as he had proudly announced to the sex-starved Sodomites, virgins. They live in a cave in the mountains of Zoar. It is here where heterosexuality rears its ugly head. The girls, now young women, start to bemoan their barren wombs. Beset by the pangs of maternal instinct, they conspire to get their father drunk and have sex with him--in order to propagate. So the eldest gave him wine, "and lay with her father; and he perceived not that she lay down, nor when she arose." ...read more.

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* * * * * Addendum: This essay has generated more email than any other on my web site. Most are from people I would call evangelical or "Christian Right." While a few have condemned me for what they perceive as a blasphemous "taking out of context" of this chapter, by far the majority of readers has sought to engage me in on-line dialogue about this issue as well as others. None has agreed with the position I take in this article (which should be read as a humor piece first, a theological debate second) but many have devoted much time and energy drawing from a Bible they obviously know well and take seriously to create a counter-argument to mine. Some have expressed an apparently sincere desire to lead me toward a path of salvation, to bring me out of the darkness they see me as inhabiting. These Christians, while possessing a very different world view from my own, have nonetheless touched me in a very human way. I appreciate their desire to have me accompany them in the afterlife. ...read more.

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