MASTER'S SEMINARY JOURNAL

BOOK REVIEW

Sodom's Second Coming: What You Need to Know About the Deadly Assault


By F. La Gard Smith
Eugene, Oregon : Harvest House (1993). 252 Pages.

Reviewed by Dr. Richard Mayhue
5.1 (Spring 1994) : 113-114

F. La Gard Smith, who serves as Professor of Law at Pepperdine University in Southern California, pulls no punches in dealing with the issue of homosexuality. He strongly recognizes that the homosexual community is waging an all out war to have the government legalize homosexuality as a civil right, for the church to legitimize homosexuality as an acceptable alternative lifestyle, for the public to recognize the homosexual community as normal, and for the medical community to neutralize the debilitating results of the homosexual lifestyle, especially as it relates to AIDS.

For the preacher who is looking for good illustrative material or the Christian who has not kept current on a "less than attractive" subject, the book is replete with helpful information.

For instance, consider this discussion:

Perhaps the most macabre rebuttal to the '10 percent gay' propaganda lies in the silent coffins of the 100,000 gays who have died from AIDS since it was first reported in 1981. That's approximately 60 percent of the total 171,890 AIDS-related deaths reported as of December 1992 by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Based on studies of transmission by the National Center for Health Statistics as of September 1991, 60 percent of the AIDS-related deaths resulted from homosexual or bisexual activity.)

While gays themselves are the first to admit that AIDS has had a devastating impact on male homosexuals, that tragic statistic itself calls into question the size of the overall gay population. Some simple calculations will demonstrate what I mean.

Because female homosexuals are not affected as a particular class by AIDS, it is necessary first of all to take them out of the gay population group. Then, assuming that gay men outnumber their lesbian counterparts three to one (the estimate cited by pro-gay literature), the number of gay men in America -using the 10 percent figure- would be something over 15 million. Now we are set for the startling result. If there were really 15 million practicing male homosexuals in this country, the percentage among them of AIDS related deaths would be no more than .007 percent! (48-49).

Then, consider this:

As Mono Charen reports, 'In the 10 years since the AIDS epidemic began, about 120,000 Americans have died from the disease. During the same period, 40 times that many have succumbed to cancer.' And heart disease kills five times as many as AIDS in a single year!

To put it into perspective, AIDS-related deaths are not even in the top ten killers, but we pour more government money into AIDS than any other illness, despite its comparatively narrow impact. AIDS research funding is already 10 times that of cancer on a perdeath basis, and 20 times on a per-patient basis (228).

These samples should whet the reader's appetite to purchase the book and read it cover to cover. The author writes with an irenic spirit, but communicates forthrightly in his discussion. Facts, common sense, and a biblical reference point make the title, Sodom's Second Coming, most appropriate.