High school Ja looked at the C.L.E. (Christian Living Education) curriculum and saw that for this quarter they were going to talk about morality. She was excited to learn what it was all about, until she realized that morality meant sexual morality.
The class was going to be bombarded with virginity pledges, videos on genital warts, an abortion documentary, and a bloody close-up shot of a woman giving birth. The course was effective–it obliterated any desire in her to have pre-marital sex, in fact, she never ever wanted to have sex at all.
Why does religion resort to fear tactics in order to coerce people to not have the kind of sex religion disapproves of? If sex-related issues are important, then why don’t they put the same kind of effort in condemning rape or sexism?
For an institution that preaches about virginity and chastity, religion seems to be heavily obsessed with sex. If you ask a random person what a Catholic believes, besides the usual Jesus, Mary, one God; they will enumerate a number of prohibitions against homosexual sex, pre-marital sex, prostitution, masturbation, controlling the consequences of sex such as abortion and artificial contraception, and getting out of sexual unions such as divorce. Like you don’t hear priests talking about environmental issues as much as you hear them talking about sex. It’s as if sex is the only relevant social issue that religion cares about.
I talk a lot about issues related to sexuality, but I’m one person; I’m not an entire institution. I don’t even agree with the Catholic religion’s stance on these issues, but even if I do, I still wonder: why is religion so hot about sex?
If you look at the Bible, you’ll realize that Jesus didn’t talk about these issues. His predominant concerns were helping the poor, being merciful, loving others even your own enemy, etc. So when did the Catholic religion suddenly abandon their god’s initial concerns and replaced it with this fixation on sex? So why sex? Why just sex?
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