Religion vs. ReligionDecember 10, 2011
Religion stands on the median of human passion. On the one extreme there are those fanatics who would gladly sacrifice any or all of humanity for their understanding of religion. On the other are those who have experienced the worst of religion, having received a stone when they sought the bread of compassion.
Sexual Futurist exists to offer a safe place for all of us to engage in a conversation about human sexuality. This conversation often includes education, relationships, the arts and so on–but when it comes to human sexuality it is hard to talk without religion coming up. Some are indignant with Sexual Futurist because we question and some because we don’t condemn religion out of the gate. Clearly religion has, at least in recent centuries, been consumed with not so much illuminating human sexuality as it has with repressing or controlling it and because of this religion is living in major PR hell–mostly because of religion’s so-called friends. A good example of this would be a recent commercial produced by Rick Perry, U.S. Republican candidate, who talked about the recent vote in Congress to allow gays to openly serve in the military for the first time ever. In the 30-second spot, entitled “Strong,” Perry accuses President Obama of launching a “war on religion.”
“I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military, but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school,” Perry begins.
Perry’s statements have a certain “truthiness” to them but they are far from truth. Kids pray in school every day everywhere in the world and kids who want to can openly celebrate Christmas. But the Internet community pretty much got his message–and they don’t like it. Claiming votes in the name of a false campaign of hate and disinformation is sooo last century. Gays have always served…now they do so honestly in an atmosphere of respect. The military is over it and the rest of us stand in slack-jawed wonder as desperate politicians pander to the haters out there.
But Sexual Futurist does not exist as a platform to dis religion; there are plenty of those. Some of our team are not religious and some are. Our goal is to simply provide that safe place to discuss… and perhaps more to the point, to question. The biggest question for the Sexual Futurist Community is this: How’s that working for you? In other words, if your religion is not making your life better or at least making you a better, more functional, more whole person then what are you doin’ it for? If your faith is working to illuminate and facilitate your sexual health and your spirituality we want to hear from you–our Facebook presence has already heard from a number of those religiously inspired to hate. Come reason with us.
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