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.
You can no longer regularly read Dear Abby without finding a sexual issue--and those sexual issues are increasingly the subject of her advice. But sexuality is also making its way regularly to the actual news sections of newspapers and online news mediums. Consider this recent column from the New York Times:
Pulling back the modesty curtain covering our national discomfort with sexuality is a service sexual futurists gladly offer the world. Ignorance, the alternative, doesn't have much to recommend it. For example, consider Scott Walker, a very popular Republican who holds views typical of his party's positions on human sexuality. He recently stated he didn't know if being gay was a choice or not.
When talking about Republican politics in 2015, terms like "clown car" have become so cliché that they no longer suffice. Even "reality show," a genre that is about anything but reality, seems inadequate. What has happened to the Grand Old Party? Not surprisingly for sexual futurists, the debacle is largely about sexuality. This sorry pass began in the 1960s with the infamous "Southern strategy." From Nixon's political strategist Kevin Phillips.
"Somebody's values are going to reign supreme," said David Lane, who has organized political training sessions for evangelical pastors. "We want people with our values to be elected to office and to represent our interests there."
Jumpin' Jihadis, Batman, the Evangelical tribe is on the warpath. From NPR's article, "Pastors Eye A Move From God's House To The Statehouse:"
By now you have to be living under a rock not to have heard of the murders of writers and cartoonists in Paris this week. The whole thing is just so sad on so many levels. Sexual futurists send their thoughts and best to the survivors and the families involved. The murders are a tragic reminder of how threatening words and conversations can be to people who have run out of ideas.
Direct from both the sexual part of the brain and (way over on the other side of the brain in a roped off area) the religious part. From Faith Forum's discussion of the question "Should men, women sit together?"
The slick ad from SALVO magazine that came to my home in this week's mail asked the question "Who's in your head?" The question was juxtaposed against photos of people like Ellen DeGeneres, Jon Stewart, Neil deGras Tyson and Bill Maher. Two Jews, a lesbian and a black scientist--all the people Salvo believes we can, oops, CAN'T trust but whose images do sell magazines. They're also selling good fundie doctrine (only slightly used) to people who otherwise might be listening to these very funny Jews, lesbians or even lesbian Jews who like to skewer hypocrisy. True, SALVO doesn't like scie