Tourism is one of the major sectors the goverment of Jordan is concentrating on in order to help the devlopment of the economy in this country. A country that has very few natural resources, and where it’s main asset lies in it is people.
Same-sex tourism is booming around the world. Nearly 10% of the world revenue from tourism is gerenated through same-sex couples tourism which according to researchers spend more than the usual tourist because they have more disposal income at their hands due to their lack of support for children.
Israel, our neighnour Jews state, realizing the amount of money this sector can generate (especially through Europiean gay couples), and despite the laws against same-sex practices in the Torah, is planning to turn its capital Tel Aviv into the gay capital of the world .
Sadom and Gomorrah, the two cities which were burnt into aches as mentioned in the old testament due to the sins of its people which Jews and Christian scholars interpreted it to be same-sex practices, lies in Jordan.
Due to the rise in human rights awarness, the scientific proof that homosexuality is not a mental disease, and the increased acceptance of gay people around the world. Some of Christian scholars in the US are going back to those bible versus and re-interpret them. The sin that caused the burn of the two cities seem to be a group rape – not same-sex practices.
I leave the interprtation of the versus to religious scholars. What I am presenting here is an idea to revive those burnt cities.
It might be a shocking idea to many religious people who reject same-sex practices, but I believe that if we managed to implement it, it can bring much income to our country where everyone would benefit from.
The idea is to re-represent the two cities that were once the reason of condemnation for gay people among the world in a new light. A light of forgiveness and acceptance. A light of a globally agreed human rights laws. Those cities can serve as a memorial for all the gay people who were condemened before becaus of others mis-interpretation to the bible versus. Those cities can serve as a magnet point to attract many gay people around the world to the very first place where they were mentioned and condemned.
We can add some religious dimensions to what we have and end up in a yearly gay pilgrimage to those cities.
Pilgrimage for religious reasons is a strong magnet of attraction to people around the world. In Saudia Arabia it is the second largest source of income, it generates approximatly $10 billion annually.
Is it a weired idea to the people of Jordan? Yes.
Is it hard to implement due to the social and moral constraints of our society? Yes.
But I believe that we have an ace here. An idea that can generate millions. It can be our own oil. what we really need to push our economy and raise our living standand.