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al-A’raf: The fall of Lot’s tribe

October 21, 2010 Leave a comment

080: And We sent Lot, who said to his people: "Why do you commit this lecherous act which none in the world has committed before?
081: In preference to women you satisfy your lust with men. Indeed you are a people who are guilty of excess."
082: His people made no answer, and only said: "Drive them out of the city. They profess to be pure."
083: But We saved Lot and his family, except for his wife, who was one of those who stayed behind.
084: And we rained down on them a shower (of stones). So witness the end of sinners.

That's a short story with Lot, and as someone who isn't that familiar with the Bible, I went to the source to compare.

Lot definitely wasn't a messenger in Genesis. He was just a man living in Sodom, though one could infer from Genesis 18:16-33 that Lot was a righteous man and a member of Abraham's tribe. Lot encountered two male visitors/angels on evening, and took them to his house to have dinner. Then a mob of Sodomites showed up, asking Lot to toss the angels/visitors out of his house so that the mob could have an orgy with the two men (or gang rape them if they weren't willing). Instead of sending out the angels, Lot offered to let the mob gang rape two of his virgin daughters. Nice fucking guy, pardon my French. A footnote in the New Jerusalem Bible states "at that period the honour of a woman was of less account… than the sacred duty of hospitality." Hospitality more important than letting your daughters get gang raped?

Anyhoo, nobody is gang raped, best as I can tell, but at dawn, the angels rush Lot and his family out of Sodom (but not his future sons-in-law, and can you blame them? Would you believe a man who just gave a gang of your neighbors permission to gang rape your bride-to-be if he told you God was about to destroy your house? Not only wouldn't I believe him, but he'd be saying that through a mouth full of broken teeth). God unleashes fire and brimstone, destroying the cities on the plains, and Lot's wife looks back (against God's command) and gets turned to a pillar of salt.

I find it interesting the Qur'an doesn't mention the desired gang rape of two angels, nor the offering of two virginal daughters to be gang raped instead. The gang isn't interested in rape at all, they just want to run Lot out of town.

The Biblical Lot frankly deserves eternal damnation. The Qur'anic Lot is just a homophobe.