@Moon Star you got it almost right.
In Sodome and Gomorrhe travellers were not welcomed and charity was not given to the poor, they had bad customs. In retaliation God destroyed them. In the original text there is no reference to homosexuality.
From what I read in an article the only thing they have against homosexuality is in fact against the one being passive because it should only a woman's behaviour. Bloody misogynists ! Passive and obedient my *** !
Allowing cousins to marry was of political use at some point since all the Nobles in all the European countries where cousins. And to keep the lines "pure" as well as making profit with the weddings they had to be able to marry even in the same family.
And I agree people shouldn't expect you to tell them you sexual orientation when you first meet. One, it doesn't concern them, second it discrimination. You don't expect people with AIDS or other illnesses to warn people when they meet !
Darn-it! Almost right! XD
And yeah, my memory isn't that great in relations to this, since I actually learned about it at the beginning of last year (school year) and we we're taught a bunch more stuff afterwards... >.>
Plus, the teacher (morale, so not really religion per-say) didn't really stay on one topic too long, he skimmed over all the important stories and such, and we didn't read the bible or anything.
And really? The problem is being passive and obedient? Then I was right when I said that if I lived in the past, I'd be the first one to be burned at the stake or treated as a heretic. XD
And yeah, misogynists really suck. If I ever met one, I'd kick him in the family jewels, show him who's passive and obedient.... *Mutters*
But yeah, families of nobles actually did marry between themselves, to keep the bloodline pure, yeah, but their blood didn't get enough diversity and the closeness caused so many problems for the children... >.> I don't even know why I'm talking about this, but yeah, I never heard of the part about the travelers and such.
And since I was curious, I read about the Sodome and Gomorrhe thing on the internet, specifying for children, and seriously, it worried me! Children who hear about this would be brainwashed! >.<