Choosing Your Religion Based on Sex

Just in case parties in your nether regions would make or break your devotion to a certain deity and its associated religion, this chart may come in handy!

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So, we’re not very shocked by this, right? Religious leaders want to control procreation in every way possible in favor of the glorification and expansion of their own systems. This is how they thrive, sadly. Buddhism, not to my surprise, is the most lenient of the major world religions pictured. I’d like to have seen Hinduism pictured, as well as a column for non-religious/secular people. That column would probably say “Personal and Social responsibility FTW!”

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July 27, 2009  |  christianity, religion

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  1. Teen Sex – all for it when I was a teen…it will happen
    Pre-Martial Sex – Yes, please
    Divorce – Apply when needed
    Masturbation – It's mine
    Birth Control – Have a kid when you want a kid
    Homosexual Orientation – Whatever floats a consenting adults' boat(s)

    It is crystal clear that Atheists Rule…

  2. I'd say many of these are not a religious issue but a societal issue. There's also a lot of ambiguity over what some things are defined as in some cultures.

    Speak to some soldiers who served in southern Iraq and they'll state that there are a fair number of men who will engage in same-sex physical relationships (though not emotional relationships) but these aren't considered homosexual. They're not condemned by clerics, and so on. Quite bizarre to comprehend to the western mind, and I was sceptical until I spoke with a young man from Basra last year and he confirmed it as being true. However it seems that there is the opposite side of the same coin in the same areas with vigilante "death squads" executing those suspected of homosexuality. About as clear as mud as to levels of tolerance in that region. But certainly in some of the more secular states which are still primarily Islamic (Turkey, for example) it's legal and relatively acceptable.

    As far as teen sex goes that is especially societal. It was the norm in Western Europe for couples to be married and having families at 17 and 18 until around the 1960s and 70s, when these things got pushed back. The age of consent is generally 16 (though some are as low as 14, with caveats that have limit age gaps in order to restrict and prevent them being with older adults).

    Buddhism is also very restrictive in some regions and sub-divisions. It depends largely on what type is followed and where. Certainly homosexuality is not just 'allowed' across the board – but there is a much wider tolerance than in most other organised religions, that is for sure. Similar for divorce. Most consider it a civil issue, others religious.

    Oh for a world that would fit in a grid ;)

  3. Unfortunately, the one for Judaism is pretty off.

    Premarital Sex is condemned in nearly all cases.
    Teen Sex is okay as long as they're married.
    Masturbation, Abortion, and Birth Control are all generally frowned upon.

    Divorce, however is perfectly fine. The way you have to go about it is crazy as heck…but as long as you follow the proper procedures, it is perfectly legit to have a divorce.

    • Well which sect of Judaism are you talking about? Does it matter? We should ask the same question to the chart creator, eh?

      Geoff is right; this isn't going to show the variety out there.

      • It's true. Of course we're talking about a group of people that are split internally over whether or not a sword fish is kosher…so I don't know where to begin on how each of the different sects views these kinds of things. =P

        • Breaking up Judaism by movement. I'm going to only look at Orthodox, Conservative and Reform as major movements and not look at much further detail than that.

          First, Judaism as a whole makes no intrinsic distinction between teen sex and premarital sex (indeed, I don't think most of the religions above do). The Orthodox attitude to premarital sex is pretty negative and the Conservative slightly less so. The Reform movement does not have an official position on the matter as far as I'm aware but likely doesn't object.

          Divorce is labeled accurately for all three although note that there are serious issues related to divorce. In particular, among the Orthodox it is much easier for a man to initiate a divorce than a woman (although this is changing through some clever workarounds). Moreover, among both the Orthodox and Conservative, it is forbidden to divorce, marry some else, divorce again and then remarry the first individual. Also, in Orthodoxy Cohanim (members of the priestly caste) are not supposed to marry divorcees but such marriages once they exist are considered valid marriages. Reform Judaism has no issue with divorce at all.

          The Orthodox position on masturbation is complicated. Historical sources were much more divided than Orthodoxy as it exists today which is more negative. However, there's little to no problem wiht female masturbation in the sources. Conservative and Reform don't have an issue with masturbation for either gender.

          Abortion is again complicated. Abortion to save the life of the mother is allowed by Orthodox. Health reasons are also fine but what constitutes a serious enough health problem to fall into this isn't clear. Abortion for other reasons is frowned upon by the Orthodox but is generally not considered intrinsically problematic if it occurs before the 40th day of pregnancy. (Incidentally, there's an argument that under Orthodox beliefs abortion might actually be more of a problem for non-Jews than Jews. But this is a weird halachic artifact not that germane to this discussion). The Conservative movement has taken a position similar to the Orthodox but generally more lenient. Even the ends of the Conservative movement that frown on abortion have generally been pro-choice even as they see abortion as morally problematic. The Reform movement strongly emphasizes a woman's right to choose over other considerations.

          Birth control among Orthodoxy is highly variable, depending greatly on the type of birth control and who one is talking to. Condoms are straight out but many forms of female birth control may be acceptable. The Reform and Conservative movements both have no problems with birth control.

          Orthodoxy condemns homosexual acts in most forms. Lesbian activity may be ok in certain limited contexts. (Noticing a general pattern? Almost all the rules were set up to apply to males. So there are a lot of loopholes for females to slip through). Conservative Judaism is currently undergoing a discussion about how to treat homosexuality. It may well result in a rift in the movement. Reform Judaism is fine with homosexuality in pretty much all forms.

          I'm not sure the summaries for Islam are correct, but I don't have enough background knowledge to comment.

          • As far as I know, the only one that’s off for Islam is birth control. It should probably be light green. I heard from one mufti that a woman is allowed to use contraception if she doesn’t want to ‘ruin’ her body for her husband by getting pregnant, but using it because you’re worried you won’t be able to financially sustain any more children is not acceptable. Strange.

  4. The one for Catholicism is pretty off too.

  5. BAHAHAHA! AWESOME. YOU MAKE ME LAUGH. LOL. NICE.
    SINCERELY,
    NOT your “typical” Christian…
    P.S. neither was Jesus…hehe!
    Jennoferoxanne

  6. Sorry, my smart phone decided my i was o. =O

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