So I bet all of my readers have been following the Texas raid of the Mormon ‘compound’ filled to the brim with raging polygamists and abused children. I am not great fan of Mormonism, don’t get me wrong, but the whole affair has done nothing more than make me scoff. You’ve probably seen the sneering questioning by media personalities of people from the compound, or lawyers for them, etc. The idea that a man might have more than one wife and that this wife is ‘underage’ is self-evidently despicable to them. In some discussions I’ve seen on cable television, the underlying pretext seems to be “Ah, well, that’s fundamentalism for you.” Read: “See, when people really believe their religion all sorts of bad things happen.”
The utter hypocrisy of this rankles my nostrils. Not that I in any way want to come across as justifying having sex with ‘underage’ individuals (though I’ll have my own arguments against it), but it is pretty apparent from the news in general that people are having sex with minors all over the place. Those are the ones that are reported. The sad humor of it all is that people act surprised. We have a society that is utterly saturated in sexuality. It should surprise none of us when people act on the advertisements and billboards. Talk about mixed messages.
If we sort out the underage and coercion aspect of the affair and just looked at the prevalent sexual habits within our society, it is quite clear that many people are having sex with a lot of other people, and these are often as young as fourteen or fifteen years old. We know this- or so they say, otherwise distributing condoms to them would be a waste of money. We must appreciate the fact that without the distribution of birth control operations like Planned Parenthood would probably go out of business. “Kids are going to do it” and then we are surprised when they do it, and remain surprised when they grow up and keep doing it.
So the Mormon men have themselves four or five wives and you want to stand in judgment in them. Ok, how many sexual partners have you had? More than four? How are you superior again? How many of these partners do you remain firmly committed to? At least the Mormons are sticking together with their sexual partners. You might say, “Oh, well, but I just have sex with them. I don’t marry them. And I use birth control. And if anything ever goes wrong there is always abortion. See, I clean up my messes.”
Much better. A round of applause for the secularists and their continued cultivation of base hedonism at ever earlier and earlier ages. [Pause for clapping] Yes, you are much more sophisticated than them damn Mormons who have the audacity to have sex with more than one partner and actually keep the offspring. Yes, there still is that ‘underage’ issue but with the glut of incidents surrounding teachers and their students and even more that we don’t know about. Perhaps the truth of the matter actually is that many would do the same if only they thought they could get away with it.
In the midst of the secularist hypocrisy, there is overwhelming scorn for the traditional Christian view that marriage properly consists of a union of just one man and one woman. Yea, what a bad idea. But I know the truth of the matter. It isn’t merely the one man and one woman thing that generates the scorn its the notion that it is derived from ‘religious’ principles and there is no place for such talk in secular society. In the same way high school seniors and above can have any kind of sexual activity that they like but that’s ok! That ain’t religious! That’s just ‘doing it like they do it on Discovery channel!’ But damn those sex-hungry Mormon fundamentalists!
Insatiable sexual addiction in a religious context: Bad… very bad. Insatiable sexual addition in sexular society… good, very good. Rampant teacher/student relationships and an increase in Pedophilia… we didn’t mean that! [begin chest thumping]We wouldn’t do that, no, not us![/end chest thumping]
Yes, applaud them! These are our social engineers at work! They know best! Down with ancient societal norms and oppressive religious principles! Hold the mayo, pass the condom! What’s the worst that can happen that a trip to the local abortion clinic can’t fix?