by Lorraine Devon Wilke
Sex terrifies the religious.
Oh, they’re having it, pretty much like anyone else, but sex as a concept terrifies Catholics, selected Protestants, certainly Mormons (though perhaps not their bigamizing brethren); surely there are issues in Islam, I don’t know from Buddhists, and though I can’t speak for Judaism, I invite any adherents to weigh in on the topic.
And I’m not being glib or silly here; I’m dead serious. When towering nuns tell six-year-old children that having “impure thoughts” is a sin worthy of “burning forever in Hell,” that’s a big problem. Using fear of sex to keep adherents from, hopefully, having it, seems a slightly terrifying way to deal with this most innate element of human nature. Maybe it’s just me.