"And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger
son had done unto him."
What did Ham do? Did he just look at his naked father or was there something more to it than that?
Some commentators have suggested that Ham committed homosexual rape on his drunken father, and that
this was why Ham's descendants were eternally punished with slavery. 9:24 Gay Bible Stories: Noah's drunkenness (What did Ham do?)
This verse doesn't say what the Sodomites did to make them such exceedingly
great sinners, though most bible believers equate "Sodomite" with homosexual. (But
see Ezekiel 16:49, which claims the sins of Sodom were pride,
gluttony, sloth, greed, and failure to help the poor.) 13:13
The two angels that visit Lot wash their feet, eat, and are sexually irresistible to Sodomites. 19:1-5
God kills everyone in Sodom and Gomorrah. This was because, so say the
Christian Right, some homosexuals lived there (See 19:4-5). 19:24-25 Sodom's sin
Jonathan Kirsch suggests in The
Harlot by the Side of the Road that the "play" between Isaac and Ishmael may have been of a
sexual nature, noting that the same word is used to describe the behaviour of
Ishmael and Isaac as is used in 26:8 to describe Isaac's fondling of Rebekah.
After God killed Er, Judah tells Onan to "go in unto thy brother's wife." But "Onan
knew that the seed should not be his; and ... when he went in unto his brother's wife ... he
spilled it on the ground.... And the thing which he did displeased the Lord; wherefore he slew
him also." This lovely Bible story is seldom read in Sunday School, but it is the basis of many
Christian doctrines, including the condemnation of masturbation, homosexuality, and birth control.
David loved Jonathan more than women. (And he loved a lot of women!) 1:26
When Joab (David's captain) kills Abner (by smiting him under the fifth rib of course), David says that he
and his kingdom are not responsible. The blame, he says, lays with Joab. So David curses Joab, his family, and their
descendants forever. Let them all be plagued with venereal diseases and leprosy, starve to death, commit suicide, or
lean on staves. (The Revised Standard Version translates "leaneth on a staff" as "holds a spindle," apparently
meaning effeminate -- real men don't spin or weave.) 3:27-29
"I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies:
they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness; they are all of them unto me as Sodom." What was Sodom's sin?23:14
If a man has a son who misbehaves by committing abomination
(Lev 18:22 type or otherwise) then that son must be killed. 18:10-13
Sodom's sin wasn't homosexuality. It was pride, greed, idleness, and refusing to help the poor.
(Republicans are the new Sodomites.) Or maybe not. Here's the next verse:
"And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good."
Was the "abomination" that the Sodomites committed the the one mentioned in Leviticus 18:22?
"Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire
of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all." Some Christians think this refers
to the antichrist. (He'll be an atheist homosexual.) 11:37
With his usual intolerance, Paul condemns homosexuals (including lesbians). This is the only clear reference to
lesbians in the Bible. 1:26-28
Homosexuals (vv. 27-28) and their supporters (those "that have pleasure in them") are
"worthy of death" - along with gossips, boasters, and disobedient children.
Some fundamentalists say that those "without natural affection"
refers to homosexuals. (It doesn't. The greek word "astorgos"
("without natural affection" in the KJV) means "without family love" and has nothing to do with homosexuality or homosexuals.
1:31-32 Explicit Verse #3: Worthy of death
In the last days people will become evil, "without natural affection." Some fundamentalists say that
this refers to homosexuals. (It doesn't. The greek word "astorgos"
("without natural affection" in the KJV) means "without family love" and has nothing to do with homosexuality or homosexuals. 3:3
"Dogs [homosexuals?], sorcerers, whoremongers, idolaters" and along with anyone who ever told a lie will not enter
the heavenly city.
"[T]he term 'dogs' in Rev 22:15 primarily has in view emasculated male cult prostitutes, without excluding a wider reference to any who
engage in homosexual practice." Robert Gagnon (The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics)