Did you hear about the Nashville Statement? If not, you’re lucky. If you did, you’ll likely recall it as a sweeping 14-Article manifesto that pretty much placed every member of society who does NOT fall into Camp Evangelical into Camp You’re Going to Hell.
For Millennia, religious doctrine has been telling us “thou shalt not” when it comes to sexuality, instead of prescribing healthy ways that sexuality and spirituality can coexist.
Nobody wants to be irrelevant. Not your spouse, not your kids, not even Al Queda--certainly not your neighborhood church. Hoping to sidestep irrelevancy and the inevitable decline to extinction, Pope Francis has repeatedly led believers to consider the relationship between dogma and human sexuality. For the last two weeks the Vatican has hosted a synod on "family matters," code for contraception, gays, marriage and divorce--a sexual lollapalozza of clergy rifting on humanity's bedroom activities.
Whew! Sexual-based stigma is a whole lot bigger than I ever thought it could be. Sure, gays get their share of the hate and we all call that homophobia. Women get their second-class treatment and we call that misogyny. These are real problem behaviors that cause genuine suffering by promoting discrimination. I have no desire to minimize them or to suggest that we should stop talking about them. But there is a problem with thinking that these forms of ignorance and discrimination are only about gays or only about women. That is to miss the larger picture. Gays, women and...sex offenders.
When religion makes war on the very people upon whom the organization depends, can the end of religion be far off? Across North America and Europe, where people have a choice they are increasingly choosing to step away from organized religion. It's not that they hate God or that they are worse people than those who choose to stay. No, many who step away are believers and even more of them are people who are looking for spiritual insight. But. But wanting spiritual
Consent. In this one little word lies the difference between our thinking of women as (1) chattel, property to be owned as opposed to (2) humans equal to men and their potential partners in life. The "killer app" of the 21st century, to reference Niall Ferguson, author of "The West and All the Rest," is gender equality. Consent is a natural and logical consequence of gender equality. And the cultural failure to truly embrace the notion of consent is why some nations will remain poor,
Rape in India, as in America, seems to be a question of legitimate rape...or not. Two young girls, ages 14 and 15, stepped out in a field at night on May 27th to relieve themselves (a common practice in India) where they were sexually assaulted. The next day their bodies were found hanging from the branches of a mango tree. From New Delhi:
Perhaps we should stick to the term "marriage equality" because "gay marriage may mean something altogether different. Consider the "Mormon Enigma," subtitled, "An exploration of what it means to be Married, Mormon, . . . and Gay." What we're talking about here is an epic sexual battle between his (or her) need for appearing sexually righteous versus her (or his) need for love.
Because President Obama is the cause of all things bad, CNN has headlined their story on the recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision as "Supreme Court Rules Against Obama in Contraception Case." But the real story, as is so often the case, about human sexuality.
Tom Petty has joined the crowd of humanity who seek a rational, albeit "kinda pissed," discussion about human sexuality. With a song set to be released next week, “Playing Dumb,” he implicitly takes on the Catholic Church for “covering up” the clergy sex abuse scandals, according to a new cover story in Billboard. The magazine quotes the lyrics “For every confession that wasn’t on the level/For every man of God that lives with hidden