The Great Colossus

I made this audio piece two years ago but have just brought it back to life in light of very recent controversies whereby people in social media spaces have failed to properly attribute its text to its source and its author, Emma Lazarus. The text here is an excerpt of what is on the Statue […]

NPR Demos

Having been a professional broadcaster for 10 years, it was a no-brainer when back in 2013 there was a call to be the Voice of NPR. Who could resist? So, with required scripts in hand, I cranked out the following demos. Of course, I was not the one selected, though it was encouraging to have […]

God and Sodom: Minding the Criminal Society

Even people with limited-to-no-known biblical exegesis to their credit equate ‘Sodom’ with ‘bad’ and accept it a symbol of the worst of humanity. We rely on biblical scholars and pastors to provide overall tone and rhetoric for the Sodom destruction event, and upon cursory reading or even deep study, may be led to conclude that their expert formulations are correct. And why not? They have endured for centuries. Yet, one sad reason the Sodom story survives and thrives is because rhetoric attached to Sodom’s destruction is used as a permissible weapon of admonition on gay people. Experts espousing knowledge in how the two intrinsically connect, homosexuality and Sodom, and centuries of staunch religious perspectives on the historical Sodom event, are a firm foundation for what some Christians value as legitimate reasons to spiritually and socially target homosexuals as being reprobate, relatively ‘doomed’ enemies of God. Yet, questions persist in what we actually know and believe about the Sodomites. How wise might we be in our unbiased understanding of these people? Let’s take a look at the long-standing traditional belief based on the book of Genesis account.