Virtually everyone believes that the Bible speaks of an apocalyptic time period where the earth is destroyed in a colossal conflagration of some kind. "In Noah's Day the Lord used water," a true believer will tell you. "But in our day He's going to use fire!" (2 Peter 3:5-7) To be sure, the ominous event has been the subject of countless books and magazines, and more than a few movies and documentaries. Feature films like Armageddon (1998), starring Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton, and End of Days (1999), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gabriel Berne, are two of many that may come to mind. Intriguingly, none of the end-of-the-world media genre associates members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community with the last days of this wicked system of things. Could it all be a 'sign of the times'?
Jesus spoke of the "days of Noah" as an apocalyptic time period. "Likewise," he said, were "the days of Lot." (Luke 17:26-28) He then went on to say: "But on the day that Lot came out of Sodom it rained fire and sulphur from heaven and destroyed them all. The same way it will be on that day when the Son of man is to be revealed…Remember the wife of Lot." (Luke 17:29-32) Jesus' brother Jude said that in Sodom and Gomorrah there was "immorality and every kind of sexual perversion" (Jude 7; New Living Translation); or, that there was "all sorts of sexual sins" (Contemporary English Version); or, that the cities were "full of sexual sin and people who desired sexual relations that God does not allow" (New Century Version); or, that the people "committed sins of the worst possible kind." (New International Reader's Version)
And then Jesus' good friend and faithful apostle Peter said that the destruction of the days of Noah and Lot 'set a pattern for ungodly persons of things to come.' (2 Peter 2:5, 6; New World Translation) Indeed, the Sodomites are "an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly" same-sex lovers of these last days. (2 Peter 2:6; New International Version) Women also inhabited these cities just as they were around in Noah's day. For this reason, neither Jude nor Peter use gender specificity. The jilted women of Sodom, Gomorrah, and surrounding cities doubtlessly practiced lesbianism, and perhaps even bestiality. (Compare Ex. 22:19; Lev. 18:23) They, too, were destroyed.
Lesbian Legacy: There is discussion masquerading as debate as to whether or not lesbians get the virus that causes AIDS. Here's what makes it a pseudo argument: prostitutes infected with HIV have in turn infected their johns through vaginal fluids, especially if menstrual blood is present. Now, if this same HIV-infected prostitute was to service a female client through vagina-to-vagina sex, and menstrual blood was present in the prostitute, bingo, the female client is exposed to and may well have been infected. Don't let anyone tell you that lesbians cannot get HIV/AIDS from each other.
In my previous article published last week I listed some diseases associated with gay men. Well girls, it's your turn this week. The following is a list of "lesbian" maladies and infections and the practices that spread them. Thrush: A disease where there is an overgrowth of yeast causing vaginal itching and soreness, often with a white discharge. It is contracted through lesbian sex, both vagina-to-vagina and oral sex. Bacterial Vaginosis (Gardnerella): This disease is characterized by an overgrowth of vaginal bacteria causing a smelly discharge, which lesbians often experience, some believe exclusively. Genital Warts: These are unsightly bumps or warts on the vulva, in the vagina, on the cervix or round the anus. They can be passed through lesbian sex, and by touching, rubbing or sharing "sex toys." It is possible that non-genital warts on the hands of one female can be transferred to the vagina of another during fondling. HPV (Human papillomavirus) causes genital warts in both men and women.
Trichomonas vaginalis (TV): This is one TV you don't want to watch. TV is a gruesome disease that results in a frothy, itchy vaginal discharge and is passed on by vagina-to-vagina contact, touching the infected vagina with the hand, or sharing "sex toys." Herpes: This disease can cause painful sores on the inside of the vulva/vagina or anus (genital herpes) or on the mouth (cold sores). Herpes can be passed on through oral sex, vagina-to-vagina contact, fondling, or sharing "sex toys." It can be possible to have the herpes virus, be infectious and yet never have had any symptoms. 'Crabs'/Pubic Lice: These cling to pubic and other body hair causing itching and sometimes blood spots from bites. They are spread through vagina-to-vagina contact, oral sex, or naked body/skin contact. Chlamydia/gonorrhea: These diseases are passed on through sharing "sex toys" or rubbing vulvas together. Often there are no symptoms, though there may be a discharge. The first sign of both infections may be pain in the pelvic region (pelvic inflammatory disease or PID). There is a risk of infertility for women who have had chlamydia, which has been untreated. Syphilis: This disease is very infectious and is contracted through vagina-to-vagina contact or any other close skin contact during lesbian sex. Hepatitis B: This malady is a viral infection, which in its most infectious forms can easily be passed on in lesbian sex (oral or vaginal), and by touching or sharing "sex toys." There are often no symptoms, though it can cause jaundice (yellow skin) or nausea.
Oh, hold your applause. I'm not smart enough to have come up with this tantalizing list of nauseating diseases all by myself. It was adapted from the booklet More than just friends-Information, advice and help for lesbians and bisexual women on sexual health, HIV & AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, published by Sheffield Centre for HIV & Sexual Health. I also consulted my book, The Theology Behind Scientific Thought (Vol. 3). By the way, the December 22, 1993 issue of the Los Angeles Times reports that while "health research on lesbians is virtually nonexistent…there are indications that they may suffer from higher rates of breast cancer than do heterosexual women." Not good.
Me, a 'homophobic' racist?: Finally, one of my fellow Sentinel columnists, Jasmyne Cannick (an avowed lesbian) took me to task by saying, among other things, the following: "I don't know which is worse, racist white gays or Bible thumping homophobes who are intellectually challenged like Dr. Carr." Well, "homophobia" is an interesting term. The Los Angeles Times (July 16, 1993) quoted one observer as follows: "Those who throw around that term 'homophobic' ought to recognize the principle of what goes around comes around. Shall we label male homosexuals 'women-phobic' and 'vagina-phobic' and lesbians 'men-phobic' and 'penis-phobic.'?" Could it be that many in the LGBT community are "heterophobes"? Because of being so influential, the powerful LGBT community has seen to it that as of this printing, "heterophobia" occurs 83,500 on Google whereas "homophobia" occurs 3,390,000 times. (Also, "heterophobia" shows up as a misspelled word in Microsoft Word whereas "homophobia" doesn't.)
And as far as comparing me to "racist white gays" is concerned, well, this may be the height of irony. The White racist overlords of the prison industrial system promote homosexuality as a form of Black genocide by incarcerating our Black male youths at the tender ages of 15-25, at the height of their sexual prowess. By winking at and even encouraging homosexuality and lesbians in the Black community, African Americans in the LGBT community are playing right into the hands of White racists. So, give it some more thought as you live as lesbians and gays in these the "last days." Amen.
Dr. Firpo Carr can be reached at 800.501.2713 or [email protected]