Posts tagged "religion and sex"

The AIDS Aid Money Trail

30 January 2006 Nearly a quarter of President Bush’s $15 billion HIV/AIDS program is earmarked for faith-based groups, with $200 million specifically set aside for groups without experience working with government grants. As could be expected, many groups that promote abstinence only, rather than safe sex through condoms or education programs for sex workers, have...

American Visitation

04 January 2006 The National Catholic Reporter’s John L. Allen, Jr., looks into the ongoing apostolic visitation of American seminaries, a Vatican order that coincides with its recent ruling against gay priests, and finds that most host seminaries found the one-week visits to focus less on rooting out gay seminarians than on issues of moral theology,...

Polygamy Parade

13 December 2005 “‘We’re coming. We are next. There’s no doubt about it.'” The Washington Times takes a page from Rick Santorum’s “man-on-dog” book, and then some. In a front-page Sunday story, the paper took on the pressing national issue of the “coming battle” over polygamists’ rights — diligently doing its part to move the...

Glick and Ship

Hey fellas — been circumcised lately? If so, Slate‘s Emily Bazelon wants you, for a survey on “optimal pleasure.” (Was sex better before, or after?) What’s the occasion? The publication of Marked In Your Flesh: Circumcision From Ancient Judea To Modern America, by The Revealer’s old friend, collaborator, and teacher, Leonard B. Glick.

Genuinely Innovative, Assuredly Radical

30 June 2005 Southern Baptist Big Ponders the Young and the Sexless By Jeff Sharlet R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Seminary, takes on my recent Rolling Stone story on virgins in a lengthy rumination for Crosswalk.com, available at The Christian Post. Mohler, declared by Time the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.,” challenges my argument...

I’m Too Sexy For My Celibacy

Chastity is all the rage: NYT‘s Alex Williams falls all over chastity crusader Lauren F. Winner and her new book, Real Sex, in the paper’s Fashion & Style section. “She wears retro cat’s-eye glasses, has four tattoos, weaves references to the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu into casual conversation and sips Côtes du Rhône over lunch.” Williams goes on to count the ways...

I’ve Been Sanctified…

“‘When a young man and a young woman give in to Satan, when they strip down like animals in the wild and prepare themselves for a lusty round of heavy petting and full-blown sex, what better reminder for them to buck up than a WWJD condom?'” Buck up, Reverend? Ouch. Even The Revealer can’t quite bring itself...

Fleshiness Theology

“‘There’s something very important about the fleshiness of Jesus,'” says Jay Johnson, a theologian at the Pacific School of Religion’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry. That “fleshiness” is at the heart of a growing school of queer theology explored with admirable depth and balance by Malcolm Gay, writing for the East Bay Express. The...

Prophets in Pasties

There are two institutions in most towns of any size in the U.S. that invite people in to voluntarily confess needs beyond their own understanding — houses of worship, and strip clubs. Those who opt for the former often do so not just because God tells them to, but because an intangible desire for contact,...

Sex and God and Religion Writing

Novelists bring us the news journalists fail to convey: sex and religion are in many ways two names for the same impulse. Cynthia Ozick distills this intriguing truth from Christian counterpart John Updike, in a lengthy review of of Updike’s short stories for The New York Times Book Review. “What is notable, and curious, in Updike,” writes Ozick, “is...