The “Right” Going The Wrong Way Down Sexual Drive

I hereby ask all religious groups, Christian “family” organizations, and churches everywhere who for years pushed for every law against sex to be drawn to disband and withdraw from the culture wars you’ve waged on America. Your arguments over abortion, same sex marriage, and the like no longer hold muster; your bombast over swingers and BDSM enthusiasts is but a whisper; your message is dishonest and disingenuous to a nation of believers and unbelievers alike.

Sexual Freedom? In America?

For so long we’ve heard these groups (i.e. American Family Forum, Christian Coalition, etc.) from around the country make some of the strongest and strangest pushes for control over sexual freedom in the past thirty years. But in the past few weeks/months, a few key stories came to light cause me to think it is time for the Culture Wars to end. In Texas, a group pushes for clear teaching regarding sexual education; in Alaska, a story from Bristol Palin, daughter of former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin; then comes an article from the Journal of Economic Perspectives, a study which shows who are the biggest consumers of adult material. (Hint: They might be in your pews.)

First let’s go to a recent study regarding the purchase habits of those buying adult material. It seems this new study from New Science magazine http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16680-porn-in-the-usa-conservatives-are-biggest-consumers.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news followed the anonymous study of credit card receipts. The report finds most of the adult material bought in America comes from states who tend to be conservative. The biggest adult consumers comes from the great state of Utah. Yes, THAT Utah! Eight of the ten states with the highest consumption gave their support to Sen. John McCain during the past presidential election with the other two states going for Barack Obama.

The one statement from this study which speaks volumes:

Do consumption patterns of on-line adult entertainment reveal two separate Americas? Or is the consumption of on-line adult entertainment widespread, regardless of legal barriers, potential for embarrassment, and even religious conviction?”

This is one of the questions Christians and right wing moralists will need to ask themselves. How much longer do the gatekeepers keep telling us their own virtuous examples of faith and fidelity when they are no better than the sinners they rail against? To coin a phrase I heard from former Christian music group 2nd Chapter of Actions “No one will have a secret, no one will tell a lie/things that are done in hiding are going to reach to the highest sky.”

Fighting For Credible, Useful Sex-Ed Information

Second, the Texas Freedom Network fighting the good fight to giving credible, sane, and informative sex-ed information to those who need it in Texas schools. They took their fight for a more comprehensive teaching of sexuality/relationship to the steps of the Austin State Capital. TFN’s hope is to get the facts to their teens and pre-teens to all students in the state. I encourage you to watch the proceedings of those involved with TFN regarding their findings about sexual education in Texas schools.

Hypocrisy Unveiled

Finally, I want to point to one Bristol Palin—daughter of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska. You remember Bristol don’t you? In the presidential campaign news of Bristol’s pregnancy spread like wildfire throughout the political world. How will the Family Values party respond to this revelation? They responded with open arms and a “how dare you judge” to the media on Bristol’s “choice” to keep her baby. Funny how when a woman gets pregnant in the unconventional way these same critics will strike them down in an instant. If for one of their own they treat them as if they were the Prodigal Daughter with open arms and a fatted calf.

Does anyone see the hypocritical tone of this issue? Why is it okay for Ms. Palin to get a free ride without condemnation for having a baby out of wedlock but any other American baby won’t find the same grace in return?

Bristol’s words in a recent interview with Fox News illustrates the futility of abstinence only programs.
It may not be the type of news Bristol’s mom (Gov. Palin) or others in the Religious Rights pursuit of a moral America, but it does show such an ideal at best noble and worst fruitless. No person want to see an increase in pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), or abortions. The way these moralist make it seems we all want to see lines drawn out the door for women wanting abortions. Truth is we want to see responsible education—both by educators and parents—to help our youth have the right information so as adults they make better choices when they find themselves in various relationships.

I doubt this bad news will slow down those who seek to clamp down every aspect of American life and restrict how we date, become intimate, and who we become intimate with. In the process, the “Religious Right” will need to ask a ton of questions to themselves. Will they continue to try and impose—by law or shame—the same standards they say will bring those to eternal glory? Or, will they continue to say one thing and live another? The one question keeping many on the right awake is what if their opponents are right about everything?


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