Sodom And Gomorrah Does Not Support Sodomy Law, Says Anglican Archbishop

Sodom And Gomorrah Does Not Support Sodomy Law, Says Anglican Archbishop

An Anglican Archbishop for the West Indies, the Rev Dr John Holder, says that there is no biblical basis for the support of the sodomy law by some who use religion as a platform to deny others their individual rights.

Holder said at the Intimate Conviction International Conference in Kingston that the use of Sodom and Gomorrah, the main scriptural reference for people opposed to the gay lifestyle, is fraught with the danger of imposing our convictions and understanding, prejudices, biases, and bigotry about this story when it is not there.

“My argument is that using the story of Sodom and Gomorrah to support the sodomy law has no basis, none whatsoever,” Holder said.

Citing scripture after scripture in his attempt to explain the Bible’s take on the controversial, and still criminal, offence in Jamaica and elsewhere in the Commonwealth, Holder said that the practice of homosexuality has long been part of the human sexual experience, predating the modern concepts of sexuality.

He said that the Bible has been used as a tool to condemn people of differing sexual orientations and as a tool to retain the laws against same-sex unions 50 years after said law was repealed in England and Wales.

“As soon as the word homosexuality is mentioned in biblical studies, they want to make a beeline straight to the Sodom and Gomorrah story. Here is one of the favourite hunting grounds for those who want to use the Bible to condemn homosexual behaviour and find support for the retention of the sodomy law,” said Holder.

Using the Book of Ruth, chapters three and four as examples, Holder explained that it was instructive that the writer in this case “did not use one word condemning Ruth’s behaviour after she was persuaded by her mother-in-law, Naomi, to seduce Boaz, the King”.

“All this leaves us with the story that has been used as a platform for the rejection of another non-traditional sexual relationship, homosexuality,” he continued.

Lord Anthony Gifford, Queen’s Council and human rights lawyer, got straight to the point in asking for a referendum.

“Let the people decide by way of a referendum,” he said.

“In the open and democratic society contemplated by the Constitution, there must be mutual, respectful coexistence between the secular and the sacred. The function of the court is to recognise the sphere in which each inhabits, not to force the one into the sphere of the other,” Gifford said.

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  1. Wonda Buoy
    October 15, 08:05 Reply

    It’s the creator of the word “sodomy” that should really tell us more.

  2. trystham
    October 15, 09:36 Reply

    I hope this won’t bring him at loggerheads with his superiors. Reconciling faith n sexuality is such a chore abeg.

    BTW You cannot wantu ask for referendum and expect folks will be all supportive of the LGBT in places especially like Nigeria…except of course its going to be anonymous and online. I mean we rank super high in surfing gay porn world over AND we are so homophobic. America that we thought, after Obama, would hate Trump’s guts gave him POTUS

  3. Yazz Soltana
    October 15, 23:38 Reply

    The Quran on its own was even specific and mentioned that the first place where homosexuality took place was Sodom and Gomorrah. …

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