Rick K. nails it with this original association. Do read the entire post.
All societies are engaged in a continual process. Either they draw closer to God, or they grow further away from him. In either case, certain features will become evident in time to mark the direction.
In the case of Sodom and Gomorrah (and the other surrounding cities), the man-made Utopia involves a number of trademark qualities and preferences (explored more in chapter 19:
- a segregation from Divine influence,
- an extreme – even aggressive – lack of tolerance for individuals who disagree with their Utopian way of life,
- a profound lack of concern for consequence, as the ends seem to justify any means used to achieve them,
- and this one signature matter: the up-ending of social and sexual norms.
You can easily track this humanistic, Utopian philosophy from ancient Sodom to modern San Francisco.