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Cory Silverberg

You Shall Have Sex

By November 14, 2008

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At a time when we’re all hoping for a little less meddling in our sex lives, what kind of sign is it that ministers are getting into the sexual marketing business? This, from an item in The Dallas Morning News:

God may have rested on the seventh day, but the Rev. Ed Young wants married couples to have sex all week long. Once a day. Beginning this Sunday. The call to action will headline his sermon that day at Grapevine-based Fellowship Church. He plans to deliver his challenge while sitting on a bed.

The piece goes on to suggest that the oversized bed and call for constant fornication may be another way to put bums in pews (actually in this case it’s bums in movie theater seats) and points out that while Rev. Young is gung ho about straight married couples having sex, no one else should have sex, or be married.

But I’m also generally disturbed by the idea that telling people they should have sex is any better than telling people they shouldn’t. Either way, your creating a narrow definition of what is acceptable, what is normal sex, and you’re telling people that if they only engage in sex this way, then they’ll be happy. Sexual pioneer and Rational Emotive Therapy founder Albert Ellis referred to this as “should-ing” all over people. And only he was allowed to do that.

Read more – The Dallas Morning News: Grapevine pastor wants married couples to have sex every day for a week
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