134/454 08 Dec 89 10:13:44 To: All Subj: The S + G nonsense Attr: This st-for-brains bashi

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134/454 08 Dec 89 10:13:44 From: Mike Arst To: All Subj: The S & G nonsense Attr: ------------------------------------------------ This s**t-for-brains bashing of homosexuals that we've seen here is also happening on another network, where a woman, reading some of the garbage in question, responded: > The term "Sodomite" comes from the biblical story of the cities of Sodom > and Gomorrah ... Homosexuality is commonly assumed to have been the primary > sin. ... [The following is a] quote from a sermon given ... by William > Sloane Coffin [several years ago]: > "...Scholars are far less clear about what happened [in Sodom] than are > most contemporary evangelists. If, however, we allow the Bible to > illumine its own cloudy passages, we find that the destruction of Sodom > and Gomorrah had little if anything to do with homosexuality. In Ezekiel > we read, 'This was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters > had pride, surfeit of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the > poor and needy.' In the first chapter of Isaiah, where Judah is rebuked > through a comparison with Sodom, homosexuality is never mentioned among > the specific sins, which again include a failure to pursue justice and > the oppressed. > "The most likely other sin of Sodom was a failure to show hospitality to > strangers--a possibility indicated by Jesus' words to his disciples: > 'Whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you...I tell you it > shall be more tolerable on that day for Sodom than for that town.' How > ironic that because of a mistaken understanding of the crime of Sodom > and Gomorrah, Christians should be repeating the *real* crime every day > against homosexuals!" > (Without getting into the whole biblical question here, I just think > it's important to know that the presumed biblical prohibition against > homosexuality is not nearly as clear as it's made out to be by both > Christian and Jewish fundamentalists.) So thanks for the above to Judy Stein for having posted something *intelligent* on the subject - for a change. --- ConfMail V3.31 * Origin: Seattle Software Exchange / SeaSoftNet (206.637-2398) (1:343/8.9)

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