The competition between sexual pleasure and religiosity
Posted: 08 January 2005 12:51 PM   [ Ignore ]  
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For some reason this article from the 1970's has fallen down the Memory Hole, but if the research is valid, it sheds an amazing amount of light on the inverse correlation between sexual freedom and oppressive religiosity:

BODY PLEASURE AND THE ORIGINS OF VIOLENCE , by James W. Prescott

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Posted: 09 January 2005 01:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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Advanced, that article is an eye-opener, and it rings true. Why else would people incinerate themselves, but for the promise of 72 virgins in the next world?

A friend of mine has a solution. He suggests that people arrested for supporting terrorism be punished by being given 72 virgins in this world. He thinks that would cure them forever from wanting any virgins at all! LOL

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Posted: 09 January 2005 02:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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[quote author=“Beth Kurtz”]Advanced, that article is an eye-opener, and it rings true. Why else would people incinerate themselves, but for the promise of 72 virgins in the next world?

A friend of mine has a solution. He suggests that people arrested for supporting terrorism be punished by being given 72 virgins in this world. He thinks that would cure them forever from wanting any virgins at all! LOL

I don’t think that would work demographically.

Nonetheless, Prescott’s article provides empirical support for a long-held Humanist intuition about the competition between sexual expression and religiosity, while conversely it falsifies the christian equation of sexual “immorality” with violence. Hedonically satisfied people generally don’t feel the need to harm others or live in fear of dangerous gods, whereas the reverse is often true.

And it also explains why in the Abrahamic religions fundamentalist parents fear the emergence of their children’s sexuality, because they know on some level that sexual expression interferes with religious indoctrination. Hence we see all that nonsensical anti-sex propaganda coming from the Christian Right these days, because healthy adolescent sexual experimentation will interfere the parents’ efforts to rear good christian soldiers for the global war against the “evil doers.”

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