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Re: “A Mother's Day wish

My translation of Ezekiel reads, "This was the sin of Sodom, your sister: pride, surfeit of bread, and undisturbed peace were hers and her daughter's *but* the hand of the poor and the needy did she not support. And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me, so I removed them when I perceived it."

I emphasized the word "but" because it changes the meaning of the passage dramatically. Furthermore, no Hebrew-English dictionary defines "toh-ai-vah" as "taboo." The Hebrew for "taboo" is "ah-soor." I do not know on what authority Michaelson adopts his definition.

Posted by Mr. K-- on 05/22/2014 at 5:45 PM

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The scholar and activist Jay Michaelson proposes a reading of the story of Sodom that emphasizes the violation of hospitality as well as the violence of the Sodomites.

"Homosexual rape is the way in which they violate hospitality—not the essence of their transgression. Reading the story of Sodom as being about homosexuality is like reading the story of an ax murderer as being about an ax."[38]

Michaelson places the story of Sodom in context with other Genesis stories regarding Abraham's hospitality to strangers, and argues that when other texts in the Hebrew Bible mention Sodom, they do so without commentary on homosexuality. The verses cited by Michaelson include Jeremiah 23:14,[Jeremiah 23:14] where the sins of Jerusalem are compared to Sodom and are listed as adultery, lying, and strengthening the hands of evildoers; Amos 4:1-11 (oppressing the poor and crushing the needy);[Amos 4:1-11] and Ezekiel 16:49-50,[Ezekiel 16:49-50] which defines the sins of Sodom as "pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and did toevah before me, and I took them away as I saw fit."
Michaelson uses toevah in place of abomination to emphasize the original Hebrew, which he explains as being more correctly translated as "taboo".[39]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodom_and_Gom…

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Posted by guruD on 05/22/2014 at 3:40 PM

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Do you not bother to read anything else but the hate your church leaders promote?

Again, you are not interpreting the context and truth of Sodom & G- it is actually a very important lesson in "Hospitality" that was not only a part of the culture to welcome a stranger and give them sanctuary, but with Jewish law that Lot had to offer his daughters since he accepted into his home he had to protect them. And the townsmen (who were pagans) wanted the Angels not because they were homosexuals, but because they believe the Angels were ENEMIES of their town and wanted to shame and conquer them thru RAPE which is used in WAR against an enemy.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?searc…

In light of the passage, the most common response to the question "What was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah?" is that it was homosexuality. That is how the term "sodomy" came to be used to refer to anal sex between two men, whether consensual or forced. Clearly, homosexuality was part of why God destroyed the two cities. The men of Sodom and Gomorrah wanted to perform homosexual gang rape on the two angels (who were disguised as men). At the same time, it is not biblical to say that homosexuality was the exclusive reason why God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were definitely not exclusive in terms of the sins in which they indulged.

Abraham’s compassion for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah reveals the heart of a man who cared greatly for others, including those who did not follow God. In fact, the angelic visitors who visited Lot were threatened by men of Sodom who desired to have sex with them. Though Sodom’s citizens were wicked, Abraham did not wish to see their destruction.

And it is also a basis for most religions- "Do unto others" and the Greatest Commandment that Christ gave to his followers- "To love your neighbor as yourself!" Why? Because man needs his fellow man in order to survive in ancient times.

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http://www.gotquestions.org/Abraham-Sodom-…
Like Abraham, we are called to have great compassion for others, including those whose lives do not follow God’s ways. Also, we must ultimately accept God’s judgments, even when His decisions are not our desired choices.

Abraham’s request for these cities to be spared was denied. God sometimes says “no” to our requests, too, even when we pray with good intentions. The Lord may have other plans that we do not understand, yet which are part of His perfect will.

Finally, consider how God did answer Abraham’s request by rescuing Lot and his daughters. Although Abraham’s mediatory work did not result in the sparing of the cities, it did bring about the salvation of Abraham’s nephew. Abraham’s prayers on behalf of others were important, just as our prayers are today.

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Posted by guruD on 05/22/2014 at 3:00 PM

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Sodom and Gomorrah, the downfall of Rome were about your perversions, not anyone else's. Be on the right side of history Guru and give up justifying your insecurities by sleeping with women, and live as God intended.

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Posted by TejonTech on 05/22/2014 at 2:02 PM

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LMAO!!!- Ky. Gov. Claims Marriage Equality Threatens Birth Rates, Economy

In appealing a February ruling that struck down Kentucky's ban on marriage equality, lawyers for the state claim that allowing same-sex couples to marry would cripple the state's economy, since those couples can't procreate.

http://www.advocate.com/politics/marriage-…

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Posted by guruD on 05/22/2014 at 1:18 PM

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Just like your stealing an icon that doesn't represent your beliefs, you stole my picture joke, you have no originality. You are a SHEEP being lead to the slaughter by deceivers that feed you the spoiled milk and you gladly drink of it. LMAO!

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Posted by guruD on 05/22/2014 at 12:26 PM

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Guru...Anderson Cooper has a portrait of his mother over his bed...and rarely leaves NY. Do you really think that is a mind worth exploring for truth?

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Posted by TejonTech on 05/22/2014 at 11:22 AM

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ANOTHER LYER LYER YOUR PANTS ARE ON FIRE: Op-ed: Is Megyn Kelly Helping Homophobes?

Though Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has been deemed a voice of reason on the network, she's also giving a platform to professional anti-LGBT activists.

Megyn Kelly was supposed to be a harbinger of the Fox News Channel's "gay rights revolution," but she's used her prime-time spot to enable some of the country's most extreme anti-LGBT activists.

During his segment, Hooper urged Kelly to hold Perkins accountable for his extensive history of bigoted rhetoric. "What specifically? Because I'll ask him," Kelly promised. Hooper pointed to Perkins's endorsement of a Ugandan bill that would have imposed the death penalty for homosexuality, his claim that gay people face "eternal damnation," and his comparisons of gay people with terrorists.

In the segment that followed, however, Kelly didn't ask Perkins to explain his virulent antigay rhetoric. Instead, she introduced him as the leader of "a group whose mission is to advance faith, family, and freedom in public policy and culture from a Christian worldview"

http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2014/05…

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Posted by guruD on 05/22/2014 at 10:53 AM

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Legal fights over gay marriage spread across US

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed by four gay couples in Montana leaves just two states — North Dakota and South Dakota — with gay marriage bans and no legal challenges aiming to overturn them. But that's likely to change as same-sex marriage advocates there gear up for a fight.

State marriage bans have been falling around the country since the U.S. Supreme Court last year struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Now, in 29 states, judges are being asked whether gays should have the right to marry.

http://news.yahoo.com/legal-fights-over-ga…

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Posted by guruD on 05/22/2014 at 10:11 AM

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Hey, TT. What are you going to do when Marriage Equality comes to Colorado? I sure do hope you don't run out and divorce your wife of many years for a younger MAN. LMAO!

Anderson Cooper Responds To News Anchor Who Stormed Off Over Michael Sam Kiss
The Huffington Post | by Katherine Fung

• Anderson Cooper put Dallas anchor Amy Kushnir on the Ridiculist Monday night over the way she reacted to Michael Sam's kiss with his boyfriend.

• During a recent debate with her co-hosts, Kushnir argued that it was inappropriate for ESPN to broadcast the kiss in front of children, and ended up storming off the set. She said that ESPN would not have aired a football player kissing his wife or girlfriend, and if they had, she would have said, "get a room!"

• Cooper mocked Kushnir on Monday, airing a segment in which she kissed two male strippers. He acknowledged that "a lot of people" share Kushnir's opposition to Sam's kiss, but said that her argument was just disingenuous. He continued:

• "To Amy Kushnir's argument that nobody shows football players kissing their wives or girlfriends, that's simply not true and I don't think she's being honest when she wouldn't want to see that either or she yells 'Get a room' whenever she sees that. If you're uncomfortable seeing some kind of affection... why not just say that and leave the excuses about why you're uncomfortable where they belong: on 'The Ridiculist.'"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/20/a…

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Posted by guruD on 05/22/2014 at 9:13 AM

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IT'S ALL GOOD, TT. AT LEASE I DON'T "BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST MY NEIGHBOR" BY PASSING OUT LIES ABOUT OTHER TO PROVE MY POINT!

Hice cites this passage to show what is at stake in the battle for America's soul. "These shocking words by Michael Swift have been considered part of the 'gay manifesto' by many, and reveal the radical agenda that is currently threatening our nation," he writes.

There is one hiccup. Hice omitted first sentence of Swift's column, which noted that the entire essay was satirical.
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GOP House Candidate: There's a Gay Plot to Recruit and Sodomize Your Kids
Think Rep. Paul Broun is out there? Meet his possible successor, Jody Hice. By Tim Murphy May 21,

In his seven years in Congress, Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) distinguished himself by calling biology "lies straight from the pit of hell" and accusing President Barack Obama of establishing a secret national police force to push a Marxist dictatorship. But the man who may replace Broun in Washington could outdo him.

In a 2012 book, that candidate—pastor and talk radio host Jody Hice—alleges the gay community has a secret plot to recruit and sodomize children. In It's Now or Never: A Call to Reclaim America, Hice also asserts that supporters of abortion rights are worse than Hitler and compares gay relationships to bestiality and incest. He proposes that Muslims be stripped of their First Amendment rights.

On Tuesday, Hice clinched a spot in the runoff to replace Broun, who declined to run for re-election in order to run for Senate. Hice will face businessman Michael Collins in the July 22 runoff. In a district that gave 62 percent of the vote to Mitt Romney two years ago, Hice, the leading vote-getter in the first round of balloting, stands a good chance of being elected to Congress.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/0…

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Posted by guruD on 05/22/2014 at 8:39 AM

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So Guru...yes, it is better than being dead to have two mommies...interesting that you would make such a low bar comparison.

It is also true it is far better than that to a mommy and a daddy living under the same roof with you.

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Posted by TejonTech on 05/21/2014 at 2:51 PM

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Keith...would you call that the side of the downfall of history? Let me reply for Keith, TT. Is this the “downfall of history?” I believe he stated it wasn’t.

Would having two moms or two dads that can marry each other in a commitment ceremony be a positive aspect in a child's life? I would definitely have to say, Yes, TT, it is, even though I know you believe contrary to this fact. I know you would say that we recruit others to the Gay side of life by indoctrination and that being a parent would teach a child to be gay, but I believe there is enough research out there that would prove otherwise. Remembering that gay people most likely came from straight parents, we weren’t made gay but born gay. Would it be better than having two straight parents, the experts say, No, it is not any better or worse. We are not immoral just because we are gay, and every family is different and has its own family issues.

Like the 14 year old black boy who was in foster care for more than 10 years since his birth mother was a drug addict, he went to a church and stood on the alter and begged for any family to adopt him, be it White, Black, Yellow, Brown, Green or Purple, he didn’t care, he just wants a family of his own.

Is being born better than not being born, I would have to say, Yes, TT, it is good to be alive, especially in a family regardless if they are same-sex partners where the child will be loved, cared for and nurtured. Is it better than being an orphan, in foster care, or being born in a different country with a different economic situation and opportunities in life, most definitely it is. I still think being born in America is a better alternative than being born in many other countries out there, especially when you can be forced into child labor or prostitution.

But the USA is not an exception for the plagues of society, just like every other country, not enough is being done to protect our children from predators who would do the unspeakable to children, like the man in a maroon and gold trim pick-up that we have trolling our streets looking for his next victim. Maybe we can work together to help society to protect them.

A new possible solicitation of a girl in Colorado Springs http://www.krdo.com/news/11th-attempted-so…

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Posted by guruD on 05/21/2014 at 9:27 AM

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Keith...would you call that the side of the downfall of history? Let me reply for Keith, TT. Is this the “downfall of history?” I believe he stated it wasn’t.

Would having two moms or two dads that can marry each other in a commitment ceremony be a positive aspect in a child's life? I would definitely have to say, Yes, TT, it is, even though I know you believe contrary to this fact. I know you would say that we recruit others to the Gay side of life by indoctrination and that being a parent would teach a child to be gay, but I believe there is enough research out there that would prove otherwise.

Remembering that gay people most likely came from straight parents, we weren’t made gay but born gay. Would it be better than having two straight parents, the experts say, No, it is not any better or worse. We are not immoral just because we are gay, and every family is different and has its own family issues.

Like the 14 year old black boy in Florida who was in foster care for more than 10 years since his birth mother was a drug addict, he went to a church and stood on the alter and begged for any family to adopt him, be it White, Black, Yellow, Brown, Green or Purple, he didn’t care, he just wanted a family of his own.

Is being born better than not being born, I would have to say, Yes, TT, it is good to be alive, especially in a family regardless if they are same-sex partners where the child will be loved, cared for and nurtured. Is it better than being an orphan, in foster care, or being born in a different country with a different economic situation and opportunities in life, most definitely it is. I still think being born in America is a better alternative than being born in many other countries out there, especially when you can be forced into child labor or prostitution.

But the USA is not an exception for the plagues of society, just like every other country, not enough is being done to protect our children from predators who would do the unspeakable to children, like the man in a maroon and gold trim pick-up that we have trolling our streets looking for his next victim. Maybe we can work together to help society to protect them.

A new possible solicitation of a girl in Colorado Springs http://www.krdo.com/news/11th-attempted-so…

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Posted by guruD on 05/21/2014 at 9:26 AM

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Keith...would you call that the side of the downfall of history?

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Posted by TejonTech on 05/20/2014 at 7:11 PM

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GAY MARRIAGE NOW LEGAL IN ENTIRE NORTHEAST

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/20/p…

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Posted by guruD on 05/20/2014 at 3:06 PM

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Two more bite the dust! Now waiting on Colorado, OK & Utah to follow suit!

We're Getting Married in Oregon:
5/20/2014: A U.S. District Court judge ruled Monday that Oregon same-sex couples have the right to marry. So couples quickly decided to make it official.

Federal Judge rules that ban on Same-Sex Marriage is Unconstitutional:

5/20/2014: A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional..

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Posted by guruD on 05/20/2014 at 2:42 PM

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Thanks, Nicole! It was my honor. Be well.

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Posted by Sarah Musick on 05/12/2014 at 11:17 AM

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Thank you!!! There is no good reason to deny that we must keep evolving until an adult, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, monogamy or polyamory, race, or religion is free to marry any and all consenting adults. The limited same-gender freedom to marry is a great and historic step, but is NOT full marriage equality, because equality "just for some" is not equality. Let's stand up for EVERY ADULT'S right to marry the person(s) they love. Get on the right side of history!

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Posted by Keith Pullman on 05/08/2014 at 5:45 AM

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Sarah you are such an inspiration! You came and talked the other day in my class and I have never been so touched and felt so connected before! So awesome to read this!

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Posted by Nicole Watson on 05/07/2014 at 11:46 PM

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