Of Scott and Lot

Lot and his daughters

I must admit I don’t know a great deal about Scott Brown, the new Senator from Massachusetts, I haven’t paid much attention to that race.  From what I gather, he’s a Teabagger, and a conservative Republican who has probably been born again, and again, and again.

There was a bizarre, and rather revealing moment during his victory speech that took me back fifty-five years, or so ago to Sunday School in the First Congregational Church in my home town.  When he offered up his daughters to the crowd, so help me, he reminded me of Lott offering up HIS daughters in Sodom before the fire and brimstone shower from the loving god.  Some of this story was told in Sunday School, the rest was glossed over lest the kiddies be prematurely thrust into the “ways of the world.”  For those of you who never read Genesis 19, in it’s entirety, I present it here as an example of Christian family values.

Genesis 19

1And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;

2And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.

3And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

4But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:

5And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

6And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,

7And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.

8Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.

So, Lot offers up his two “virgin” daughters to the mob for their sexual use to protect the two men in his house.  What a father!  This is, indeed, a righteous man.  No wonder god picked him to save out of the whole city.  Let’s go on a little further:

9And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.

10But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.

11And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

12And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:

13For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.

14And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.

Sons in law which married his daughters?  Wait a minute!  Lot lied to the mob, I guess, his daughters were NOT virgins, they were married.  What a father!  After some discussion the next morning, Lot and his family start out from the city, and here’s what happens next:

24Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

25And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

26But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

27And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:

28And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.

29And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.

30And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.

OK, Lot leaves the city with his wife, but his wife looks back to see what’s happening and she gets turned into a deer lick by the almighty for the sin of turning her head to see god’s fire and brimstone. This is about as far as my Sunday School class got into Genesis 19.  I don’t recall a single mention of what happened next between Lot and his daughters.  Remember, when we left them, they were living together in a cave in the mountains.

31And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:

32Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

33And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

34And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

35And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

36Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.

37And the first born bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.

38And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.

Vice is nice, but incest is best!  They get their father drunk and have their way with them.  I just have one question:  What happened to their husbands?  You know, Lot’s sons-in-law mentioned earlier.  Did the author forget about them, or did they never exist in the first place?

This story, like most in the old and new testament is full of holes, logical disconnects, inconsistencies, and just plain contrived BS.  This, like many bible stories, is a horrible story about a malicious, capricious, and unjust fictional god, that no one in their right mind would worship.

I’m certainly not implying Scott Brown has any such relationship with his daughters, of course, I would never accuse anyone of that.  We have some quite strict cultural taboos against such relationships now, I just wonder why they didn’t back then!  Or did they?

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