Sex & Religion

Senator Ted Stevens: ‘Morality is About Sex, Not About Lying or Cheating’

I come not to praise Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, but to help bury him. Forget the $250,000 he’s been indicted for acquiring illegally. The guy stole billions—billions—of dollars by siphoning taxpayer money into a state that has 1/12 as many people as Los Angeles County. Think he sent Angelenos 8 times the money he sent Alaska? The rest of the Senate shares much of the blame for Stevens’ 40-year theft, voting for this guy’s unconscionably greedy appropriations year after year after year. When we hear how “powerful” a member of Congress is, it means that his/her colleagues have given him/her…

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Family Research Council Caught Lying About Sexual Doomsday On Camera

Last night, ABC’s 20/20 explored whether or not there’s “too much” sex in American culture. Yes, I was featured on the show (playing the part of “expert-representing-truth-&-sanity”), but let’s skip over that for now. The Family Research Council’s Peter Sprigg gave his usual fact-free pitch about how “all that sex” is destroying America and its children. He spoke with sincere pain about noticing his son watching an episode of Desperate Housewives, which implied that characters were having sex off-camera. 20/20 invited us to wonder about the constant claim that sex in the media is bad for kids. As I’ve written…

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Pharoah Lives—In The Hearts of Orthodox Jews

Greetings from Budapest, Hungary, where I’m lecturing for a few days. By coincidence it’s also Passover, which gave special meaning to my visit to the old Jewish Quarter here. I toured the famous Dohany Synagogue, the second largest in the world (after New York’s), along with several smaller ones. Done in various 19th century styles, one feature common to all is the physical separation of the genders—typically men downstairs, women upstairs. This separation continues today in modern Orthodox Judaism in America, Israel, and around the world. Some Orthodox Jewish men won’t shake hands with a woman from outside their family.…

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Dear Pope: Support Life, Support Masturbation

The Pope has stepped forward to talk about the pain inflicted by priests who sexually exploited young parishioners, calling it “a wound on the body of Christ.” “No words of mine could describe the pain and harm inflicted by such abuse,” Benedict said today in Boston, vowing to eliminate such behavior from the priesthood. This, of course, is an important step. But with all due respect to the thousands of lives damaged by molesting priests, what about the tens of millions of lives damaged by the OTHER Catholic Church sex scandal—the profound condemnation of masturbation? This is the first sexual…

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Catholic Hospitals Should Stop Playing God

Is a hospital more like a public utility or more like a car dealership? As long as you pay your bill, the Water Department supplies you with water whether it likes what you do with it or not. If the Water Department refuses to supply, say, Jews or Blacks, these people can’t simply take their business elsewhere. So why is it legal for certain hospitals to discriminate against some people because of “religious beliefs” if they’re not allowed to discriminate based on inconvenience, discomfort, or hate? California’s Seton Medical Center refused Charlene Hastings breast enlargement surgery because, said a surgical…

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Rocky Raccoon and Gideon’s Bible

It’s an official trend: upscale hotels are removing their in-room Bibles, often replacing them with “intimacy kits” containing condoms. The American Family Association, noting that the number of luxury hotels with in-room Bibles has dropped 18% since 2001, is predictably outraged: “Without action now, it is simply a matter of time before other chains remove the Bibles.” And the problem with that is…what? The AFA press release is just the latest reminder by the religious-industrial complex: organized religion deserves special privileges everywhere. Why a religious text in every hotel room? And why a Christian one? As the Sofitel chain explains,…

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