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May 22, 2009

Who said they were ’anti-sex’?

2009_0519_meghan_mccain I'll be the first to acknowledge that the Republican party needs to make some changes, but I don't think this is the way to go about it. (Note: sexual themes.)

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Kim Moreland

This just confirms what a dismal state of political commentary has sunken. Ms. McCain as reduce political philosophy to "pro-sex" and condom chatter--she does sound like vapid Paris Hilton.

It must have been a radical liberal who'd vaunt her to the "spokesperson" for the Republican Party. (I must get a copy of Saul Alinsky's book, *Rules for Radicals--Vikingmother mentioned it a little while ago.)

jason taylor

If the most conspicuous problem was gluttony we would be "anti-food". If the most conspicuous problem was avarice we would be "anti-money" and if the most conspicuous problem was sloth we would be "anti-leisure". As it happens the most conspicuous problem is lust.

As for the Republican party it is not devoted to chastity either in theory or practice. The Republican party is a common ally, it is not the same as Christianity. An ally has it's own interests.

Kim Moreland

J. T., I'm not really sure what you mean?

jason taylor

Kim, I mean the fact that people have to go out of their way to prove themselves to not be "anti-sex" is a symptom of the fact that the modern world believes anything criticizing sex, including the criticizing of it's excess is a form of sacrilege. This reverence for sex is not only decadent but rather absurd. By comparison the Greeks at least as C.S. Lewis notes thought Aphrodite(the courtesan of Olympas) had a sense of humor. It is not necessary to revere sex to enjoy it or to acknowledge that it is a natural part of human life.

As a side note, the Greeks also thought Athena(who was in charge of knowledge) was a virgin and thus apparently for "abstinence only" for all of time. So perhaps not being anti-sex is anti-science? But that is just a bit of amusement.

In any case the point is that the criticism of sexual excess is a function of the presence of sexual excess, which includes the over-reverence it has attracted. The criticism of sexual excess is thus not a wrongheaded prudishness, as it was in some cases but a logical or at least predictable response to an actual problem in society.

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