In light of the recent death of Frank Phelps, my mind has been occupied by reflections on queer bashing and hate.
There is a case to be made that the sin of Sodom may have been–nope, not backdoor entry. But homophobic violence.
If we allow just a fragment of queer imagination, we can read the angels as obviously gay men (fairies), and the response of the city wanting to gang rape them as the type of unconscionable violence committed against Matthew Shepard and Gordon Ray Church. (If you don’t know either of these names, you should. Google them. Then prepare to weep. Jesus does.)
In fact, let’s read Gordon Ray Church and Matthew Shepard as the angels.
This reading flips the otherwise-bizarro narrative on its head and actually makes it intelligible (unqueers it?). In this reading, with Shepard and Church as the angels, we are taught that any society so depraved that it would brutally sexually violate the messengers among them (read, queer people) is dangerously on the brink of being destroyed by YHWH, the war g-d.
So perhaps the takeaway isn’t that G-d/dess hates fags; but a warning that G-d/dess loathes fag haters.
I buy it.