Why Do Matters of Sexuality Upset the Christian Community So Much?
When I posted this in original form on another site, many Christians wanted to be the first to jump up and show how "progressive and not prudish they were." Still didn't answer my question. In all fairness though, you have to understand where I came from, the Bible Belt, the Deep South where there's a church on just about every corner and local governments are deeply entrenched into fundamentalism.
Down in the Bible Belt, Fundamentalist Christians are very vocal and politically very active and since I grew up down there and worked in media, I think I know pretty well what gets Christians, particularly the Bible believing fundamentalist type.
Sexual matters in general seem to send them into fits. If a group of fundamentalists are going to protest or picket something, it's either homosexuality, topless and nudie bars, adult book and video stores and sex education in school. I've also seen them at movie theaters protesting sexual content or another theme that they find offensive. I've never seen them protest unfair conditions for workers, never seen them lift a finger toward an environmental cause and the ones I know seem to really love war, some of the more political type even call for it (dominionists). I just came from covering a protest in downtown Toronto, the "occupy" movement, where folks are protesting the disparity and inequality, that they feel is caused by corporate greed, another issue I've seldom, if ever heard a Bible believer complain about.
Yet just let an issue hint of sexuality and they come out of the woodwork as if space aliens have attacked. I've seen them protest such trivialities as: A live performance of O Calcutta at a downtown civic centre in Jacksonville, Florida, The showing of several movies including, Monty Python's ":Life of Brian", "The Last Temptation of Christ and in Alabama a judge banned the film "Paper Moon" because it had a scene of Tatum O Neal in the bathtub with a cigarette.I've seen them also shut down sex education curriculum in Charleston, SC. I've seen Christian groups go on organized campaigns complete with marches and political actions to shut down a nudie or bikini bar or adult video store, but have yet to see a fundamentalist protest a war, social and economic disparity or environmental issue.
I'm not a big fan of nudie bars or porn either, but I see no reason to ruin someone else's fun and i just don't see sexual matters as that big of a deal, at least not to the point where I felt it needed a social movement. It makes me really wonder about their own sexuality, which they claim is better because they have a relationship with god. I have to really question their claims to having a great sex life. Former televangelist Ted Haggard made the statement that "Evangelical Christians had the best sex of anybody" just before the scandal came out about him messing around with a gay male prostitute. It just seems to me to be an obsession more so than a social concern, and makes me wonder what kind of sexual skeletons more fundamentalist Christians have in their closets.
I also have yet to see a church disavow a priest or minister who was found guilty of child molestation. In the past, the Catholic Church just sent pedophile priests to other parishes. I've seen the same thing in fundy churches, in Jacksonville, Florida, for example, a few years ago, the former pastor of one of the largest fundamentalist churches was caught up in a molestation scandal that dated back decades. The church still defended him right up until he died.
I really have to wonder about their sexual mental health as well as their priorities. What kind of god would make sex one of the strongest urges in living things only to put ridiculous constraints on a natural biological function? I'm not interested in biblical defenses or liberals telling me, "that's not really what the bible says, fundies are in error". Heard that before. I just want to know what's going on in these people's heads and why other people's sex lives are of such concern.
"Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings."