A comparison of the Roman passage with the sins of the Sodomites
reveals distinct similarities:
In 1495, Michele de Cuneo, the first documented rapist in the New World, reported that both the good "Indians" and the alleged man-eating Caribs were "largely sodomites
," and both practiced that vice as if they were unaware of its sinfulness.
The author of this book on the prosecution of sodomites
by a Mediterranean culture never consulted the landmark, authoritative work of Michael Rocke precisely on the prosecution of thousands of such males in the city of Florence during the fifteenth century.
There are only a couple of points of fact that might be challenged in Hammond's book: the Corona Regia, although credited to Isaac Casaubon, is thought not to be his work (not least because he was dead by 1615) (138); and the possibility that a reference to burning in a satire against James may invoke a convicted sodomite
burning at the stake (146) seems improbable, given that (unlike countries such as France) England had not burned sodomites
for well over a century.
For the rest of Western history, as Fone demonstrates in great detail, sodomites
would be feared and viewed as vermin and destroyers of all that is good: the social order, family life, masculinity, and femininity.
If we're to take the wind out of the sails of the black ministers who rail against sodomites
, we have to immerse ourselves in the battle against racism.
The organized sodomites
, who constitute a tiny fraction of our society--1 to 2 percent, not the 10 percent they claim--have been given carte blanche to "overhaul straight America.
Finally, we will look at one of the New Testament texts commonly brought up in dealing with homosexuality, 1 Cor 6:9-10: "Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites
, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers--none of these will inherit the kingdom of God.
Following their lead, the author studies both historical documents and literary texts in an effort to elucidate the "social life" of sodomy as a concept (rather than that of sodomites
per se) in order to give meaning back to the "cultural matrix of sodomy (p.
But the only protest at the scene was a man with the placard: "Jesus never ordained sodomites
- neither should the Church.
Similarly focusing on the 'dark' or submerged side of early-Romantic values, Amanda Berry explores some of the ways in which Burke's treatise on the sublime seeks to shape the vision and ideology of the British public around the definition and containment of its presumed enemies, focusing, among other topics, on Burke's publicly expressed concerns about the potential misidentification of sodomites
But because any random set of syllables may render an imagination vulnerable, even by accident, de Moura concentrates on identifying the rituals of purposeful, depraved practitioners--witches, sodomites
, and Jews--rather than on the linguistic formulas they deploy.