by DOKTOR ZOOM,wonkette.com/ – OK, you harlots and fornicators, let’s get something clear right off the bat. This column’s examination of Christianist sex education books is a serious look at the cultural attitudes of the Religious Right, not just an excuse to snicker at the crazy fulminations of the late Hugh F. Pyle of Panama City Florida, the author of Sex, Love, & Romance: Sex Education from the Bible.
Now that we’ve made that clear, Dr. Pyle needs to have a serious talk with you about dancing: “It is impossible to separate sex and the dance; to a greater or lesser degree they go together.” What’s more, dancing is just not something that good white Christian boys and girls should do!
Pagan natives around heathen campfires often drink and dance until they become so aroused that they take off their clothes. Things haven’t changed much in the dance of modern times. Young people dance in such a lewd and provocative manner that the flesh (sex lust) is aroused. They sway and writhe in front of each other in lustful movements. Many times they have very little clothing on, or the clothing is so tight that it is suggestive and revealing. Rock stars have often been arrested for exposing themselves in a shameful manner while performing their heathen rituals with dirty lyrics and movements that are vile and lewd.
It’s really surprising how often Dr. Pyle contrasts ideal Christian behavior to that of “pagan natives.” In addition to all that filthy dancing, these ignorant heathens are invoked when it comes to make-up (“Heathen natives around pagan campfires usually streak their faces with gaudy paint” — there’s a certain familiarity to that phrasing, no?) and of course, to the very important issue of never being unnecessarily naked:
in backward countries, the more pagan the heathen tribe the less clothing they usually wear. Missionaries tell us that as soon as these pagans get saved, they want to cover up their nakedness — they look for some clothing to put on. It may take awhile to teach them just how to dress and how much to cover up, but they soon learn.
We did mention that this was published in 1989, not 1920, right?
But yes, back to the dancing. Pyle informs us that “The dance and sex have always gone together,” and tells an approving story of how the “good Christian men” of one city came together to combat the evils of the high school prom, by convincing school officials to
have a fine banquet with clean entertainment for the high school youth who didn’t dance. For years this was done. These businessmen who had been saved in later years all testified that they had tasted liquor and raw sex for the first time at the annual high school prom. Read more…