Sex, Religion, and Law from America’s Origins to the 21st Century

If you're unsure of your ability to demolish the "Christian Nation", lie, this book is for you.

 

Geoffrey Stone opens “Sex and the Constitution” with the words of SCOTUS Justice William Brennan from one of the Court’s major decisions on pornography, Roth v. United States. “Sex, a great and mysterious motive force in human life, has indisputably been a subject of absorbing interest to mankind through the ages.”

 

In Part I, the Ancients, topics include ‘The Ancient World: The Triumph of Augustine’, ‘The Things of Aphrodite’, ‘In No Way Superior to the Beasts’, ‘England, the Enlightenment, and the Age of Eros’, and ‘Sexual Literature: Punishable Only in the Spiritual Court’.

 

In Part II, the Founders, topics include ‘Life’s Pleasures in 18th Century New England’, ‘An Amazing Variety of Erotica’, and ‘Unenumerated Rights: The Immutable Maxims of Reason and Justice’.

 

In Part III, the Moralists, are ‘A Spasm Among the Populace’, ‘What Would Keep Them [Yes, women.] Chaste’, ‘Margaret Sanger and the Birth of the Birth Control Movement’, ‘Fairies, Queers and Trade’ and more.

 

Parts IV, V and VI (nine chapters in all) are ‘Judges: Sexual Expression and the Constitution’, ‘Judges: Reproductive Freedom and the Constitution’, ‘Judges: Sexual Orientation and the Constitution’.

 

America’s founders, most of them deists, knew religion can be a positive influence on behavior but they built walls between religion and government.

 

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IN BOOK; [In America] … battles over laws regulating sex, obscenity, contraception, abortion, homosexuality and same-sex marriage … have been divisive in no small part because of the central role religion has played in shaping our laws governing sex.

Hm-mm, in shaping other laws too. I may write a mystery on how a band of atheists, instead of asking a court to rule that a religion-inspired law is unconstitutional, find ways to profitably violate it.

Remember now that Jesus turned the water into grape juice.

But it was spiked! I like that Jesus!

It's not clear that vice laws have helped ??? The War on Drugs has always been, and continues to be, a complete failure. If you consider the highest per capita incarceration rate on the planet a success then you might think vice laws helped. If you are the private owner of a prison then vice laws are a great success. 10's of billions of dollars per year in tax dollars for what ? Has drug / vice use gone down ? No.

When we have a war on drugs it is all about controlling the drugs and that usually breaks down to money. This is true on both sides of the fence, legal and otherwise.

 The thought that  The Supreme Creator of the Universe would care about how many times I shake it after I pee baffles me. The thought that Christians would want to legislate how many times I shake it infuriates me. I do not want God or Uncle Sam in my bedroom.

Three shakes and a wipe.

Many of us miss small everyday things even in current advertising. Just this morning I'm hearing Marie on a commercial for Nutrisystems and her take is like "god only gave you one body and he wants you to take care of it."

Wait, wait. That's where my mind turns it off.

I have no proof of a god giving me a body or anything else. Therefore, I have no proof of what said god wants me to do with my body. In fact, I find no proof whatsoever for said god.

People just keep on making up the nonsense and they want to cram it down your throat, fill your mind with it, and include it in the laws of your government. I've had enough.

The biblical resurrected body is a "glorified" body, whatever that means. In the case of Jesus, his beatings and scars were forever visible along with the holes in his hands. His body is a badge of the "work he done for us." This glorified body would be "perfect" for us unless you are into modern apologetics in which the scripture is ignored and your new body becomes your "spirit." In this latter view it can become anything that you want it to become.

It's been posted before, but I love how Hunter S. Thompson put it: 

Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "Holy shit...what a ride!"

It's the timing that requires attention to detail.

I like the idea of a fine sideways skid with shouts of joy!

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