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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, February 7, 2019

An orgasm is the moral equivalent of a sneeze. It’s part of the autonomic nervous system and thus, largely cannot be controlled.

A sneeze is much ado about nothing.

Or, at least it is now.

It was once thought to portend poor health, sickness and disease, which is why many will say “bless you,” or “gesundheit!” after one sneezes.

Again, because a sneeze is a function of the autonomic nervous system, there’s largely nothing we can do to prevent it from occurring.

The autonomic nervous system regulates such bodily functions as digestion, breathing rate, heart rate, urination, pupillary response (response of the pupils to light), and sexual arousal.

So many make much ado about sexuality, but most of today’s ideas about sexuality are based in shame, and false religious ideas, most notably from the Christian community.

Here’s an excerpt from the television sitcom Third Rock from the Sun and the episode known as “Sally’s First Sneeze,” which illustrates the case in point quite well. It’s actually entitled “Post-Nasal Dick,” Season 1, Episode 2, and originally aired January 16, 1996. Watch it, enjoy a good laugh, then continue reading.

https://youtu.be/xfmBtLV1QHw

Most Christians would say that heterosexual relations between consenting adults outside of marriage is wrong, and that sexual relations with same sex partners is wrong, and that sexual relations with someone who is not your spouse (if married) is also wrong. To them, it’s all wrong.

But their Bible does NOT specifically condemn a father having sex with his daughter. How disgusting is that!?!

There is literally place, after place, after place in their Bible that not only contradicts itself, but things acceptable then, are outright illegal today. Slavery is another case in point.

The basis of much of the anti-sex “morality” rules they have, are based in an acknowledgment and supposition of one’s inability to control oneself, emotionally, and or behaviorally. And a significant part of it also comes from a sense of entitlement to, or ownership of things.

For example, the verse in Psalms 24:1 (KJV) which states “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein,” means that nothing in their possession belongs to them. Literally. Nothing.

That concept is borne out and reinforced in several other places, such as in the New Testament in which the Christ tells the Parable of the Tenants (Matthew 21:33-39 NIV), which states “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.

“The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.

“But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.”

The parable is a parallel to Earth, the tenants are the people, and the son is the Christ.

Christ was foretelling his own death.

Clearly, the vine keepers are merely tenants. They do not own the place.

Again, the concept of tenancy and not ownership is reinforced as stated in 1 Corinthians 6:20 NLT, which says “for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”

And yet within that verse is a statement which also acknowledges slavery.

The primary reason why almost all sexual morals as told by the Christian community are in place, is because of a presumption of one’s inability to control negative and damaging passions, such as anger, etc.

For example, according to their rules, when a spouse “steps out” and has sexual relations with someone not their spouse, it’s called adultery. The “cheated upon” spouse gets angry, and files for divorce. But the very concepts of the word itself “cheat” presume that fidelity is a concept which similarly contains ownership, but even more, that dishonesty is afoot. One never (or rarely ever) tells the other spouse that they want to have sex with another person, because the presumption is that they’ll disapprove of it, be angered by it, and the entire cascade of negative emotions flow from it.

But what if those negative and damaging emotions were not a factor?

Ephesians 4:31 (NIV) states “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”

Colossians 3:8 (NASB) states “But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.”

What if one was – and did – “evolve” or change to the point that such things didn’t bother them? How advanced would that be?

Indeed, one might say that such a one who had achieved such a Nirvana-like state of being might be “Christlike.”

And in fact, that very state of being is similarly found in Buddhism which describes Nirvana as a state of being in which self is largely non-existent, and one is considered emptied out of self, aka “non-self” which is called “anatta.” Someone who has achieved such a condition is said to have achieved Buddhahood.

But again, the essential reason why most anti-sex religious rules exist is an acknowledgment of a low state of human development, insofar as it concerns us and the poor ways in which we treat each other, and how little regard we have for one another.

Almost all the endorsements given by Heaven and the Christ in the Old and New Testaments, are ultimately encouragements toward goodness and how we ought to treat each other.

Concerning how people ought to behave, the Christians have a writing in their New Testament an Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians 5:22-26 (NIV) which states “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”

The single unifying event throughout their New Testament is that one should believe upon Jesus, who was the exemplar of good behavior, who was said to have died sacrificially, in order to “redeem” humanity. (Of which I write somewhat sarcastically by saying, of course the end of it all – at least as they tell it – is “and they lived happily ever after.”) But there is within it all a tenet that states implicitly “do it my way, or you’ll suffer forever.” Today, most folks give heed only to the very low forms of that faith, which forms the basis from which some Evangelicals tritely say “turn or burn.”

But again, “back in the day” it was okay for a man to have many wives – at least as seen by the evidence.

Today, bigamy is illegal.

Religious Persecution At Home

But bigamy in the United States was largely legal until after the Morrill Act (what a name, eh? a homonym with moral), which was directed at a group of Christians in the West, who still today are called Mormons – though they prefer the name “Latter Day Saints.” The Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act was sponsored by Vermont Representative Justin Smith Morrill, and sought to make bigamy illegal in federal territories (which were not then states) such as Utah – a place to where Mormons were rapidly moving, seeking freedom to live and worship as they saw fit – and limited church and non-profit ownership in any territory of the United States to $50,000. It was signed into law July 8, 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln.

It didn’t take long for the Mormons to fight back under grounds of religious discrimination, and in a Supreme Court decision May 19, 1890, upheld the the Edmunds–Tucker Act of 1887 which made illegal certain practices by the LDS church. One of them was polygamy. President Grover Cleveland in his annual address, sternly warned Congress that:

“The strength, the perpetuity, and the destiny of the nation rest upon our homes, established by the law of God, guarded by parental care, regulated by parental authority, and sanctified by parental love.

“These are not the homes of polygamy. . . .

“There is no feature of this practice or the system which sanctions it which is not opposed to all that is of value in our institutions.

“There should be no relaxation in the firm but just execution of the law now in operation, and I should be glad to approve such further discreet legislation as will rid the country of this blot upon its fair fame.

“Since the people upholding polygamy in our Territories are reenforced by immigration from other lands, I recommend that a law be passed to prevent the importation of Mormons into the country.

Clearly, the country was going to Hell in hand basket, and something had to be done. So the Mormons, already under pressure from the government, “officially” abandoned polygamy in their 1890 Manifesto. And in response, on October 25, 1893, Congress passed a resolution authorizing the release of seized LDS assets because “said church has discontinued the practice of polygamy and no longer encourages or gives countenance to any manner of practices in violation of law, or contrary to good morals or public policy.”

Yeah. There’s a little bit of not-so-lovely history about religious freedom and sexual freedom in this nation. Today, it’s anti-marriage equality, anti-same sex relations, anti LGBTQ, and anti-abortion. All religious issues. All anti-personal freedom. Nothing about any of those issues has anything to do with anything other than religion. Nothing.

And then, look at the Catholic Church.

They’ve all long repressed their sexual feelings, and have been taken over by pedophile priests, and most recently were discovered to have been holding nuns as sex slaves. It just sounds too messed up to be true, but it is.

The “Do-As-I-Say-Not-As-I-Do” Syndrome

Pope admits clerical abuse of nuns including sexual slavery
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47134033

A Pennsylvania Grand Jury found that over a period of 70 years, bishops and other Catholic church leaders covered up the sexual abuses upon little children perpetrated by over 300 priests, sometimes even involving legal authorities. And now, it’s been discovered that in France, some nuns were kept by priests as sex slaves.

An Associated Press investigation found cases of abuse of nuns throughout South America, Africa, Asia, and  Europe, that the Vatican also did not support victims, and inadequately punished offenders.

 

The bottom line in all this is that religious rules against sex haven’t truly helped anyone, and in the process, religious intrusion into private lives has made our government filthy.

It must stop, but shows no signs of happening anytime soon.

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