Blasphemy is the act of insulting or
showing contempt or lack of reverence for God.
A new film on Netflix, The First
Temptation of Christis controversial
to say the least. Even a glimpse at the film’s
synopsis makes clear why some Christians
have been shocked.
The comedy follows Jesus Christ as he
returns to his family home for his 30th
birthday with his homosexual lover in tow.
To add to the fun there’s
a scene of Mary smoking marijuana.
The Devils is easily one of
the most controversial movies of all time,
and few people who weren’t around when it
first opened will ever see it in full.
The movie features the type of blasphemous sex that
would make even the most hard-line exhibitionist blush.
It’s basically one long test of squeamishness, but nothing
tops the scene when Vanessa Redgrave’s Sister Jeanne character
takes part in a vicious orgy of nuns.
This bare-assed debauchery ends with a statue of
Christ being molested as perverts from all over look on.
For many God-fearing churchgoers throughout history, religion was the most sacred part of their daily lives.
Devoted members of every faith literally live and die for religion, and have been doing so for thousands of years.
Yet, there have also been those who view the church in a different light, especially since the dawn of the Enlightenment.
Artists over the past 300 years have picked up brushes and pencils to create art that satirizes, criticizes, and some might say blasphemes the Church.
When it comes to attacking the purity and righteousness of the Church and its representatives, what better way to desecrate them than to show them getting down and dirty?
That’s exactly what these artists did with blasphemous sex art, in which being entered by the Holy Ghost is more than a metaphor.
They painted corrupt monks and horny nuns, not only to stick it to the Church (pun intended), but also provide viewers what pretty much every audience wants: scandal and sex.
Also, thanks to these artists, corrupt monks in art and horny nuns in art are now more or less bonafide subgenres.
So say a little prayer you don’t get struck
down for blasphemy as you check out this list.
Proceed at your own peril. Anti-Christian sex art
lurks ahead in a sweltering swamp of blasphemous fornication.
Especially interesting is the analysis of the anti-pornography
crusade by Catharine MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin.
They are two feminists who believed pornography demeans
women and objectifies the female body.
The campaign they championed, while not intended as
anything that would support a conservative political
agenda, fell into a larger effort to control women’s bodies.
To impose a morality which suppresses sexual fantasies
or insisting on politically correct ones—is bad politics,
bad feminism, and a bad idea.
Oh God! Come
Religious people are likely to restrict
their sexual fantasies, have fewer sex partners,
express strong disapproval of alternative
sexual behaviour (from use of sex toys to
homosexuality) and use less pornography.
Religion has a long history
of controlling sexual behaviour.
Strong religious values also increase levels
of guilt about sexual activity and higher
levels of sexual dysfunction in general.
Religious psychotherapists are more likely to diagnose
porn addiction than their non-believing colleagues.
Nowhere is the conflict between religion and sex more
evident today than in the raging battle over porn.
God Freaks & Sex
Crazy Christians believe teenage
masturbation turns kids into sex addicts.
& Proud of It
The American Life League put out an ad a few months ago declaring that Planned Parenthood turns kids into “sex addicts” through the use of “gateway drugs” like masturbation.
Liberals collectively howled with laughter through the video and passed it along so that our friends could howl along, as well. “Who thinks this stuff up?,” we thought, figuring it must be some weirdo fringe right-wing characters.
Sadly, this belief that people who enjoy recreational sex are “addicts” is not a fringe right-wing belief. It’s a mainstream belief in the anti-choice right.
That’s why the state legislature of Tennessee has signed off on this ridiculous belief by using the “gateway” language to describe any kind of sexual activity that falls short of intercourse.
The way the law is written, even activities like hand-holding and kissing without tongue could fall under the banner of “gateway” activities that supposedly trick kids into thinking sex is fun.
Only one state senator voted against the bill, demonstrating how mainstream this kind of thinking is on the right.
Using terms like “gateway drug” is ludicrous when it to a normal and important part of human life.It’s natural to feel and acting on sexual desire, enjoying the pleasure and intimacy of sex.
Most anti-choicers will vehemently deny being anti-sex, because they know that it’s about as politically popular a position as being anti-ice cream.
Still, the “gateway” language gives the game away, and the fact that the word made it into the legislation itself demonstrates that this sex negativity is so engrained into their way of thinking that they don’t even realize how it looks to outsiders.
This whole incident shows why there’s such a profound difference between the pro- and anti-choice side. One that shuts down productive conversation and makes overly optimistic attempts to find “common ground” between the sides doomed to fail.
What is sex? The most basic question promotes opposite attitudes. The anti-choice side sees sex as dangerous, sinful, and even in the situations where they concede that it’s not as-evil, there’s still a sense that it’s possible to like it too much.
The pro-choice side sees sex as a normal, healthy part of life, and believes that people are entitled to pursue a sex life that works for them, as long as they don’t hurt others while doing it.
That doesn’t mean pro-choicers are saying sex is risk-free, but most activities worth doing come with risks, and the question is how to allow people to live full lives while minimizing the risk.
To use the “gateway drug” metaphor when talking about sexual exploration that nearly all teenagers engage in to one extent or another exposes the entire metaphorical framework behind anti-choice beliefs.
It contains the assumption that sex, at least sex not contained and controlled by heterosexual marriage and an aim to procreate, is an empty pleasure that only holds a promise of pain and ruin.
There’s no whiff of understanding of how people experience sex in the real world: as an opportunity to bond with a partner, to get in touch with your own body, and to really enjoy the brief stay you have on planet Earth.