'Do you think God is punishing me for having sex with a man 20 years younger than me?' This was the question I asked a close friend when I was about to file for bankruptcy back in 2011. I was 55-years-old, and yet my Christian upbringing still had a stranglehold on my sexuality.
If I were a non-Christian looking from the outside in, I don't think it would be unreasonable to think that American Christians' two highest priorities right now are keeping the government from taking away our guns and stopping gay people from getting married.
Boobquake, the world's most rigorous geophysical experiment yet designed to elicit God's wrath under controlled pulchritudinous conditions, provides long-sought evidence that in fact, loose women do cause earthquakes.
I readily concede that moral boundaries and restraint are crucial to good living. But I am suspicious of the Pharisaic distortions, namely an irrational rigidity, or the sorts of bizarre loopholes and rationalizations common to those who take abstinence vows.
Christians are as wildly for sex as anyone; that's what got Bristol into trouble. They simply have an idealized notion of it, one that's increasingly divorced from the reality and the direction of the larger society.