The sexophobes have struck again. Via Shakesville comes news that a school in Menifee, California has banned a dictionary. Why? Because it contains a definition of the word “oral sex”.
Anonymous parent who made this ridiculous complaint: it’s a fucking dictionary, not a how–to manual. You does not need to be a linguist to realize that the definition of an act is not the same thing as instructions about how to do an act. For example, telling someone what driving is (operating an automobile) is not the same thing as telling them how to drive (too long to put here).
On the other hand, perhaps the school should ban other “obscene” books. One such book would be the Bible, from whose Song of Solomon God is left out, while still finding room to have the whole book be a love poem that contains explicit eroticism. After all, if someone is absolutely unable to talk to their kid(s) about something sexual in a dictionary, they can’t possibly be able to do the same thing to their kid(s) when something sexual comes up in the Bible, right?
Newsweek has a great cover story about religious arguments for same-sex marriage, and it is worth a read.
The religious right wrong is hypocritical when it comes to opposition to same-sex marriage. Jesus says (in Luke 6:31, Authorized KJV): “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” (For context, this quotation is from the Sermon on the Plain).
The meaning of this quote is simple; it is the golden rule, the ethic of reciprocity, the command to treat others the way you want to be treated.
Let’s assume that the religious right wrong is following this command, after all it is Jesus who is saying this, and Christians are supposed to follow the commands of Jesus. Hence, they are treating same-sex couples the way they (the religious right wrong) want to be treated. Hence, they want to be treated to the same ban on marriage they are subjecting same-sex couples to. That’s right, they are against different-sex marriage!
Of course, that’s absurd. We all know that the religious right wrong are hypocrites. They don’t think the golden rule applies to them.