The last post I dealt with had something to do with human sexuality and how religion represses that desire to control the masses, I have discovered to keep a good thing going. I have meant to post the following videos below for the longest time and now this is best time to post it. This Ex-Mormon couple who bravely and boldly discuss their experiences about their sex lives in the Mormon cult and the psychological damage and burdens it caused for the couple. What gets me mad is that Mormon clergy can sleep at night. Shame on them!
There is a song that was released back in the 1990’s called What’s Up (I believe the song was released in the wrong decade. It should have been released back in the 1960’s but that’s neither here nor there) . In the lyrics, the singer says she prays ” for a revolution” . I will say that I also pray for a revolution for many things wrongheaded in the world. I hope this upcoming book from Dr. Roy Blizzard called the Bible, Sex and You will cause a revolution in thinking regards to human sexuality in the Christian Church. Christianity (Western Christianity which is more specifically Catholic and Protestant) has taken it’s marching orders from St.Augustine for so too long(not only about sex but other important theological issues that affects us today as well). Also if those in the XCGs who have indoctrinated over the Missing Dimension In Sex booklet for all these years, probably this new booklet from Dr. Blizzard will give you something new, refreshing and liberating! Brian Knowles from the Association for Christian Development organization (an Armstrongist Refusnik group—which is a very good thing) had this to say in reviewing the book:
One of the reasons for this sorry state of affairs is that the Church generally has lost the connection with its Hebrew roots. This is as true for its teachings on sex as for any other theological topic. Dr. Roy Blizzard asserts, “Unfortunately, I am sorry to say, almost everything taught in Christianity regarding sex, human sexuality, until this very day, has been wrong and has led to sexual frustration and bondage,” (The Bible Sex and You, p. 25).
Blizzard further asserts, “It is through the Christian theology of the first 1400-1500 years of Christianity and from books written by pseudo-scientists that people not only had some of the distorted and dangerous views about sex that they did but, as a result, continue to remain in ignorance and bondage until this very day,” ibid, p. 29.
These are working premises of the new book by Dr. Blizzard. It’s an easy read – only 94 pages including End Notes, Bibliography and Glossary. Despite its brevity, it covers the whole span of human sexuality from an Hebraic perspective.
He addresses marriage, orgasm, Judaic thought on human sexuality, contraception and birth control, abortion, marriage laws and customs, homosexuality, transsexualism, masturbation and pre-marital sex. Dr. Blizzard discusses ancient Greek and Roman attitudes to sexuality and how they affected Christian thinking following the disappearance of the original Jewish apostles. “…many of the practices of Cynicism and Stoicism – and especially that of asceticism and later on celibacy – were adopted by the early Christians. As a result, asceticism and self-denial, seclusion and austerity, celibacy and monasticism are characteristic of Catholicism to this very day,” (ibid. p. 16).
Dr. Blizzard discusses the origins and falsity of the doctrine of original sin. He also takes to task standard Christian understandings of “lust,” the idea that there is something tainted about sex in marriage, the normalcy of sexual fantasies, lesbianism, and reasons for divorce.
The book will probably prove somewhat offensive to some highly conservative, deeply conditioned, Christians, and not liberal enough to some on the other side of the theological fence. The book is worth a read, if for no other reason that it lays aside many of the common sexual myths believed by Christians. For the more open-minded, it can have a freeing effect from the bondages of traditional Catholic and Evangelical beliefs about how Christians may express their sexuality.
It’s about time! For those interested, you can see Dr. Blizzard’s website right here.
The never-ending, hard-hitting, Great Recession in the United States (which President Obama seems not capable to solve—but that’s neither here nor there) has taken a toll on fellow bloggist Scott Nemeth, author of Not Another Generation one of the most controversial links I have ever posted on my blog site. Not Another Generation which took on the “sexual purity” movement in American Evangelical Christianity has closed it’s doors for now. My thoughts and prayers go with Scott for him to find some meaningful employment and soon. Some people (of an utlra-conservative far right evangelical and fundamentalist bent) violently accused him promoting sexual libertinism. He was trying his best, in his own way —as he sincerely understood it—to form a “third way” as an alternative to sexual libertinism and sexual repression. Of course, I debated which should be included in this “third way”. He believed that the homosexual orientation and practice (in a permanent relationship) should be included in the third way. I only believed the orientation should be included (Bruxy Cavey and Tony Campolo agree here). He took to task vigourously those hard-line fundagelicals who preached about abstaining from sexual intercourse to people ranging from their teens to thirties but hypocritically mocking and making fun (instead of supporting) of those who were real life 40 year old virgins. Go get ’em Scott! Scott had no use for Church Father Augustine who influenced not only the Roman Catholic view on sexuality but the Protestant view too (yes, the Jews were really the sex-positive monotheists). Scott was bold in his belief that believers are sexual beings and for one to angrily and bullyingly assert that one better be “asexual” until their married was simply mental nonsense to say the least. I know for sure this is not last time we will hear from Scott. Probably it is one door (metaphorically speaking, of course) has closed and another will open for Scott. I don’t believe his work is completely done in the world of blogdom. One chapter is closed. The next chapter is to be written on his own terms. People like myself will wait. Take care and God bless Scott.
OK, OK—the picture from the cast of The Sex and City movie was there to get your attention—so if anyone thought I was promoting the new flick, sorry I’m not! By the way, me and Joe will definately skip this movie when we hit the theatres Saturday night! By the way, my three to see movies right now would be Speed Racer, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and definately Ironman! Great guy movies!
Now here’s what I want to really discuss: more message boards for former W/XCG members! I say more choice, the better! This time this forum is of unique speciality. It will discuss how the sex-negative religious ideology of Armstrongism affected one’s life personally. Thanks again to I Survived Armstrongism’s AS—I told him it was about time. Former W/XCG members who were and are married seem(or seemed) insensitive or oblivious to those who grew up in Armstrongism or who were came in as single adults. Trust me, it was no picnic. I never seen such neurotic and fanatical people who wasted time, effort and energy to make the underlings—or the bottom of the heap in the Armstrong cults—to be sexless—or to be blunt, violently deny their own sexuality which I believe is an evil in itself. In my mid-20’s, I had faced a deacon who enjoyed telling me, “Sex ain’t cracked up what it supposed to be!” Another manipulative tactic for celibacy counselling. Times like that I wish God Almighty IS Joe Pesci and He has steel baseball bat in the sky to get things done efficiently. Frankly, it is my wish sometime before year-end to have a blog post about the historic WCG and sex myself. It’s a topic that needs senstitivity in all areas but needs to be discussed. Right now, you have from AS a forum called herbversion.com at http://www.herbversion.com/. Please carefully read the rules and AS has some strict strong suggestions (actually he enforces) such as entering the forum under a pseudonym—one which you never used on other forums. It’s a good idea, you might be spared from potential embrassment or conflict that you don’t need. Otherwise, log in, participate, shed a few tears, I’m sure you can make a few laughs, make a difference and of course, enjoy the show!