What exactly caused Sodom and Gomorrah to be judged and destroyed? Was it due to men committing gay acts, as many often teach? Or is there another reason it was destroyed?
Looking at the story too quickly, without clarifying, it is easy to see why so many people assume Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed for gay activity. However, we are told within scripture to:
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God…rightly dividing the word of truth” 2 Timothy 2:15
Instead of beating around the bush, I will just tell you plainly what their sin was. Their sin was not homosexuality or inhospitality by themselves. Their sin was a combination of the two. Meaning, they were using homosexual rape on strangers (men and potentially angels) as a form of abuse.
Further, if you read the Book of Jasher, which is cited in Joshua 10:13 and 2 Samuel 1:18, you will hear a great deal more of the types of evil Sodom and Gomorrah committed. To give you a synopsis, they basically made laws against feeding the poor and any stranger that visited their cities. They also would torture visitors for no reason, to scare people away. So, if any man came into their cities, they would find a way to torture him (whether with starvation or physical torture). And if any person showed mercy, they would receive a capital punishment for violating their law. So, this makes it entirely clear, they were very vindictive and unmerciful to any stranger who came into their cities.
New research by the Middle East Forum has uncovered evidence of extreme antisemitism among faculty members and guest speakers appointed by the Islamic Society of Boston to teach and promote its latest project: the Boston Islamic Seminary (BIS).
BIS was established in 2016 to “equip future religious leaders with the intellectual, spiritual and practical training to serve the American Muslim community.” Currently, it offers “continuing education” classes, but it hopes to offer an accredited graduate degree program by 2019, which will “train chaplains, imams, and other leaders to serve in a variety of contexts.”
And what exactly will this next generation of chaplains and imams learn at BIS?
Faculty listed on the BIS website include Yahia Abdul Rahman, who is described as an expert on “sharia-compliant” banking. On his social media accounts, Abdul Rahman has posted stories from “The Ugly Truth,” a website that describes itself as “intelligent ‘anti-Semitism’ for thinking Gentiles.” Elsewhere, Rahman has shared claims that any Muslim who fails to oppose Israel is no longer a Muslim, and is afflicted with a “Jewish heart.” Other posts of his claim the Jews were complicit in the 2008 financial crisis.
Another BIS lecturer, Suheil Laher, previously served as head of the (now-defunct) Al Qaeda charity, CARE International. On his old website, Laher published calls to jihad and linked to an Al Qaeda fundraising website. On his current website, Laher refers to homosexuals as “depraved sinners.”
Other current BIS faculty members include Amr El-Fass, who suggests that Jews are to blame for intra-Arab conflict; and Hisham Mahmoud, whom moderate Muslim groups denounced after he likened homosexuality to pedophilia, and advocated that homosexuals should be punished.
Guest speakers are BIS are just as extreme. In June 2016, BIS invited Abdelrahman Murphy to address a BIS audience. Murphy, who is a former employee of the Islamic Society of Boston, works for the Qalam Institute, which hosts a document on its website warning that Muslims who seek “cleanliness” and “purity” should “not resemble the Jews.” Murphy has stated: “There is no such thing as an innocent Israeli.”
Another speaker at the BIS event with Murphy was Yousef Abdallah, who serves as the “East Coast Operations Manager” for Islamic Relief, a prominent Islamist charity. Abdallah has posted jokes on social media about “stinking” Jews, has written that Chris Christie is “down on his knees before the jewish lords,” and has shared a story praising “martyrs” who provide guns to “kill more than 20 jews” and “fire rockets at Tel Aviv.”
The Middle East Forum has uncovered several other examples. We asked the Boston branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) — which often talks about other examples of hate speech — for comment, but it did not reply. Curiously, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston also failed to respond.