One of the striking characteristics of Abrahamic religions is their obsession with sex and sexual conduct. Christians, Jews and Muslims have these obsessions in common and the damage they have created to endless generations is enormous. Not only all these sexual restrictions and hang-ups have spawned some of the worst perversions and sexual abuses that we as societies today have to deal with daily.
Let me begin with a quote from a fatwa by the late and unlamented Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran.
"A man can marry a girl younger than nine years of age, even if the girl is still a baby being breastfed. A man, however is prohibited from having intercourse with a girl younger than nine, other sexual acts such as foreplay, rubbing, kissing and sodomy is allowed. A man having intercourse with a girl younger than nine years of age has not committed a crime, but only an infraction, if the girl is not permanently damaged. If the girl, however, is permanently damaged, the man must provide for her all her life. But this girl will not count as one of the man's four permanent wives. He also is not permitted to marry the girl's sister." You need not fear that your Muslim male baby-sitter will rape your 7-year-old daughter. If he is a good Muslim he will only sodomize her. If he does force his penis into her tiny vagina he is obligated to pay for any surgical repairs that may be required. If those repairs are deemed insufficient you may work out a financial settlement to compensate you for his trivial infraction. No big deal. Muslim boys will be Muslim boys. And, after all, she is only a girl.
How can a supposed man of God, after all an Ayatollah is no different than a Jewish Rabbi, a Catholic priest, or a Christian pastor within the hierarchy of his practiced religion, come with such a statement and put this on paper as if this was a simple moral guideline to his practitioners?
To really comprehend this we really have to look at the Qur’an, the Muslim equivalent to the Christian Bible, or the Jewish Thora, to really understand this.
We have to look at the practice of “tighting” as an accepted practice sanctioned by Muslim religion and practiced on children below the age of nine. This consists of the child's legs being pressed together and the abuser inserts his penis between the thighs of the little boy or girl. This was how Mohammed had sex with his wife, Aisha, from the time she was six years old the practice, of course, was approved of by Ayatollah Khomeini who in his Little Green Book asserted “It is not illegal for an adult male to 'thigh' or enjoy a young girl who is still in the age of weaning; meaning to place his penis between her thighs, and to kiss her.” Yes, indeed, you can be a good Muslim while copulating with the thighs of an infant.
As horrific as all this may look, and makes any one remotely normal want to throw-up, this is a religiously sanctioned practice, A practice that flourishes in Muslim countries where women are ruthlessly oppressed and normal sexual development systematically suppressed. That would include the Arab world, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. And if you don’t believe me, get yourself a copy of Khomeini’s Green Book and read it yourselves. The Little Green Book, Sayings of Ayatollah Khomeini, Political, Philosophical, Social and Religious.
The only thing one can say about this, is that at least it is in the open for all to see and read, Christianity and Judaism are far more perverse and hide behind a cloak of hypocrisy that makes them even more insidious and hypocritical among the many religious institutions known to humanity.
The Christian faiths – in particular, Roman Catholicism and American Evangelism - are the most obsessed with the sexuality of their practitioners. This perplexing obsession simultaneously has had many foreseeable and regrettable implications upon our perception of life and fecundity: family dynamics, the neurobiological, emotional and physiological response to expression of sexuality and the social “marketing” thereof have been unquestionably altered by Christian and Catholic dogmatic beliefs. Not only it has generated some of the heinous sexual perversion and sexual deviants known to man whose damage to successive generations is only beginning to be quantified. Where does this sexual obsession come from? Biblical passages are often recited (ad nauseam). A casual observer might think the Bible is merely a treatise on procreation and nothing more.
Here child abuse is a lot more insidious, as it begins at birth, the child is mentally programmed and brainwashed from day one. This will lead in some individuaks to a series of obsessive behaviours that will greatly impact the individual in his adult life. The individual may constantly worry that he or she might say or do something blasphemous. He may fear that he has committed sin, forgotten it and then neglected to repent for the sin. She/he may spend long hours searching the mind to try to ferret out evidence of un-confessed sins. She/he is unable to feel forgiven. Specific obsessions and compulsions have inevitably lead the to massive sexual child abuse cases uncovered in Catholic and Evangelical churches over the last few years, and their cover-up by church authorities. Deny men wholesome and natural sexual outlets and they will find unwholesome and unnatural alternatives. The repression of healthy sexuality has led to innumerable cases of perversion, abuse and regret. One need not look very far to find ample evidence that the Catholic and Evangelical dogmas of chastity often produces the most heinous of sexual offenders and some of the worst serial killers.
Judaism especially Orthodox Judaism is marred by sexual obsessions and restrictions, The esteemed Orthodox rabbi, Abraham Danziger was a contemporary of Rabbi Nachman. Danziger contended in his influential work Chayei Adam, that though the spiritual ramifications of masturbation are tantamount to murder, as minority of religious zealots, they try to impose all sorts of restrictions on women, separate the sexes, and push an agenda where it is an abomination to enjoy sex, but sex should be solely reproductive, this attitude makes them some of the most serious sexual perverts in Israel, and the clash with secular Jews are not uncommon.
The damage done in third-world countries proselytized by Catholic and Evangelical missionaries where locals are socially pressured into burdensome fecundity in areas of the world already besieged by poverty, a lack of potable water, outbreaks of old-world diseases, the absence of modern education, etc., creates more insidious forms of social instability and leads to more poverty, wars and famine. To use religious dogma to impair the use of condoms or other methods of contraception as immoral, sinful and against “God’s will” to any group of peoples already desperate in their daily lives s, in my honest opinion, is the real sin. Such dogmatic ideals rendered unto the undereducated, the poor, the hungry, etc. is tantamount to a sentence of further economic tribulation, a decline in health, the forced prostitution of children as a means of satiating basic needs, a truncated life span and generalized misery. In short it is immoral.
I have listened to many religious people of all denominations take a moral high ground because of their religious beliefs, and state that atheist cannot aspire to same moral principles as they have because of their religion. Well that being the case, and not attacking the true people of faith that try to live a good and honest life, then I would say that if religion would be a medicine put on the market, the above should be cited as side effects of excessive consumption.