Thursday, March 12, 2009

"Great Sex God's Way"

In the video Daystar Church's pastor Jerry Lawson is having a discussion about sex with the devil, interesting that they note that Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel are too damn sexy for their own good.

Damn You Jonas Brothers!!

The video features pretty much the worst use of Salt n' Pepa's "Let's Talk About Sex" ever, but the devil singing the Pussycat Dolls' "Don't Cha" is fantastic.

Check out these billboard's that are getting the church's crusade about Christian sex in hot water:

"Great Sex God's Way" indeed!

*Tip of the fitted to Guanabee

1 comment:

Shelly said...

OK, as a queer femme lady recently ordained in the Episcopal Church, I just have to say OMFG to this!

I mean, I have a lot of things to say about the construction of patriarchy and power in the sex act as it is defined by the Christian right in that church's videos, but I also want to look at the cartoon a little closer. Because to my eyes, it seems like it is implying that God is having sex with Eve while God is disguised as Adam. Because then that's rape - Eve didn't consent to having sex with God, Eve consented to sex with Adam. It's upsetting to have a joke made about God raping someone. Right?

I guess I'm thinking about this a lot recently because I just wrote a paper looking at sexual humiliation in crucifixion practices by the Roman Empire, and how it is likely that Jesus experienced some kind of sexual abuse as part of that process. In the Christian system, we have a Messiah who was raped, NOT a God who rapes.

Slightly off topic, it's also fascinating that Matthew's genealogy of Jesus lists four women - Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba - all victims/survivors of sexual violence. Then it mentions Mary, a young woman living under occupation by the Roman Empire. It was not illegal to rape her, and she was under as much threat as any colonized woman. There are some early sources that cite a common name for Roman soldiers as the paternal name of Jesus, leaving some scholars wondering if Jesus' conception was due to the rape of Mary by a Roman soldier, especially with the genealogy listing other women who had likewise been on the receiving end of violent male sexual power.

Another way to go with this is to do some unpacking of Luke's annunciation story, which, in the Greek, heavily suggested that the Holy Spirit gave Mary one totally rocking orgasm. The verb "overshadowed" - what the HS did to Mary - carried all kinds of juicy implications in the Hellenized world that it doesn't in the English. And Mary consents, very very explicitly, to the Holy Spirit. The take-away? God is for total consent and amazing orgasms and is on the side of anyone hurt by sexual violence.