Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Sodom and Gomorrah


The fairy tale of Sodom of Gomorrah is one of many peculiar tales in the Abrhamic religion. The people of Sodom and Gomorrah are involved in homosexuality. Yahwe or Allah depending on which version you are reading decides to destroy these cities because of this "incredible crime". He sends his angels to warn Lot, the only believer in the city. The people of Sodom and Gomorrah surround his house, and demand the angels to be returned to the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, for a little bit of homosexual orgy. Lot, the prophet, offers his virgin daughters to the mob instead. The angels intervene and people go home. Lot, this wonderful father, is the only male to escape the devastation of the cities. His wife, who commits the crime of looking back at the city is turned into salt. In the Biblical version, his daughters seduce Lot and have babies from him...

This disgusting tale of morality is one of the causes of the terror on and discrimination against homosexuals all around the world. It also shows what the value of women in Abrahamic religions are, but that is not the topic of this post. The relation between two consenting adults is no ones business. And there can be no justification of the criminality of homosexuality, apart from the religious one. Thus, in my opinion the stance of religions on homosexuality stands as the prime example why the religious sources cannot be the basis of morality.

Recently, India abolished a law criminilazing homosexuality, a relic from the Victorian times. Similar laws had cost the lives of great people such as Alan Turing and Oscar Wilde. One of the prime opposition forces against this abolishment was the Catholic Church. They cited sexual abuse of children, and an increase in AIDS as possible dangers of legalising homosexuality. Keep up the good work Catholic Church, I love you when you are this hypocrite...

In Turkey, two young woman WHO LOVED each other, just like me and you love people from other gender committed suicide. One is dead, and the other one will have to live a life full of pain, with the memory of her lover killing herself in front of her. They had moved to another city to live together, but the pressure of their families, and the people around them was just too much. I feel a cold shiver going up my spine, when I try to put myself in the shoes of the lover who survived...

"Tell me, do you really think you go to hell, for having loved?

Rufus Wainwright - Going to a Town"

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