Sacred texts from the Bible and other sources have been weaponized by certain religious organizations against the LGBTQ community. One of the most famous being from the 19th chapter of Genesis, the story of Sodom & Gommorah.
The time period that this occurred was a desperate and hard segment of human civilization. In the middle of the desert, survival depended on being part of the tribe and sharing resources. When traveling from one place to another it was common custom to welcome in the stranger and provide for their needs.
The story of Sodom & Gomorrah is about the inhospitability of the residents of the city against foreign visitors (a pair of Angels). Lot who is one of the main characters in the story is an alien in the land as well and offers his home and goods to the travelers. To hear more about what happens and what it means listen in to this episode.
My collaborator on this series on the “clobber passages” is The Rev. Dr. Marcia Ledford, Esq.
The Rev. Dr. Marcia Ledford, is a practical theologian and Episcopal priest, native to Detroit, Michigan. Her dissertation, Christian Progressive Political Theology: Acting on the Word for Immigration Reform, identifies the Call of Moses, and the Emmaus story as foundational to public or political Christian Theology. It includes a comprehensive examination of the role of racialization, lynching and the systemic denigration of the black and brown body. This deplorable history works as a habitual motivator for contemporary discrimination and exploitation, fueling the American economy, as dictated by American civil religion and White religious nationalism.
Ledford worked as a civil rights attorney for over 30 years, including as an ACLU co-operating attorney on constitutional matters, prior to her ordination. She advocates for the administration of the sacraments (Holy Eucharist, Baptism, and Holy Unction) and public pious practices (like stations of the cross and asperges) to empower progressive Christian political theology in the public square. Ledford exhorts progressive Christians to exercise their First Amendment guarantees, as part of a collective interfaith voice, calling for more compassionate approaches to our social crises. She is an award-winning documentary photographer and specializes in fine art portraiture, and she has completed Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) community organizing training.
The Rev. Dr. Marcia Ledford, Esq has a blog series on the clobber passages on her website and lots of other information. Click the link below to read her blog, contact her directly, and find out how you can be more involved in social change: