Monogamy Gene discovered -hormone could lead to purity among teens!Brent Herbert 23 Jun 2004 00:08 GMT
Monogamy Gene discovered -hormone could lead to purity among teens!Scientific breakthrough should bring good cheer to abstinent chastity campaigners around the world as scientists discover that lifelong monogamy is genetically based, with the hormone vasopressin responsible for 'sexually moral conduct'. Clearly the answer to 'temptation' and 'sexual immorality' lies not in the President's new 'Healthy Marriage initiative' bur rather in hormone therapy for the unwed, and ultimately in biological engineering of the fetus to ensure that from now on all humans are born with this vitally important monogamy gene.
Introduction : 1. Sexual morality in the Bible (First Edition)The officially (Caesar) approved state religious doctrine of the Western World has been Christianity for thousands of years, and one of the key beliefs of this religion has always been that monogamy is God's moral choice for human beings, while polygyny (sex with more than one partner) is sinful rebellion against God's law.
This point of view is spelled out in the appendix to God's Book, an addendum stapled onto the end of the earlier testament, which contains the corrections and errata for the first edition. It turns out that the first, and obviously erroneous, edition promoted sexual promiscuity among males while nailing females really hard with those repressive sex laws. While partriarchal polygamy (the male dominated form of polygyny) is favored, women can be burned at the stake for unlawful sexual activity. The purpose of this sex based discrimination (monogamy for women, promiscuity for men) was to allow men to have sex with multiple partners while escaping the dread fear of sexually transmitted diseases which permeates the thinking on sexual matters in the first edition of God's Word.
You will be saved from the loose woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words, who forsakes the partner of her youth and forgets her sacred covenant; for her way leads down to death, and her paths to the shades; those who go to her never come back, nor do they regain the paths of life.
For the lips of a loose woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol. She does not keep straight to the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it.
With much seductive speech she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him. Right away he follows her, and goes like an ox to the slaughter, or bounds like a stag toward the trap until an arrow pierces its entrails. He is like a bird rushing into a snare, not knowing that it will cost him his life. And now, my children, listen to me, and be attentive to the words of my mouth. Do not let your hearts turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her paths. for many are those she has laid low, and numerous are her victims. Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.
Proverbs 2:16, 5:3, 7:21
You won't find any warnings in God's Word, encouraging women to watch out for men with VD, since apparently VD is a female curse, even though it must have been the case that if a woman had VD she must have caught VD from a man (since lesbians have extremely low rates of STD transmission).
The first edition of God's Word encourages men to have sex with multiple partners, provided that they don't let any other man get near their private stable of mares (the technical term for this is polygamy, also known as a harem).
We are told that if a woman was a 'loose woman' then "she must be burned to death" (Leviticus 21:9). The rules are found to be much more lenient for men. First we find that God authorized slavery, provided that you went to a far away country, caught slaves there, and brought them home to become your slaves (and they say America was not founded as a Christian country...it was as you can tell by comparing world history with the Bible).
"Slaves you may possess, but make sure they are foreigners. You may also make slaves of the natives who dwell among you and from their children who are born and reared in your land. You may own them as chattels and leave them to your sons as their heriditary property, making them slaves forever. But you should not lord it over your own countryman, your own kinsmen." Lev. 25:44
And what would be the point of owning slaves if you can't have sex with them, if you are a man that is...a woman might want to reconsider having sex with the slave boys, in order to keep clear of that painful burning.
"If a man has sex with a slave girl he is not to be punished. She is a slave." Lev. 19:20
You will notice the strong gender bias here, in that 'if a man' does these things, well its alright. You know, they say that black people in America often tend to be lighter skinned than their AFrican ancestors, and the reason for this is that America was a Christian nation, full of Bible readers. And what good is it to have all those slaves handy, if you can't have sex with them, especially since God's Word granted a special exemption for slave owners. As well, God understood that sometimes a slave might resist, and for this purpose another special exemption to the commandment ('thou shalt not kill') was instituted to allow beating slaves to death.
"When a man beats a slave so hard that he dies in a day or two, he shall not be punished, for the slave is his property." Ex. 21:20
Once again the parallel with America's lovely Christian heritage is hard to miss, and all this is hardly coincidental.
The Bible has a reputation for being sexually prudish, but this is only true of the appendix, which came later. The first edition of God's Word contained loopholes large enought to drive a big rig through...
"When you see a beautiful woman and find her desirable, you may take her... If she ceases to please you send her away." Deut. 21:10
So men were pretty busy back in the days before that appendix was issued by the Christians, what with all the slave raping, not to mention those slave beatings, which helped to keep that slave raping going, and that bit about picking up women, using them until they become tiresome, and then dumping them. You might wonder what a man's wife (or should I say wives, and concubines, and slaves) thought about all this. Well, the Bible doesn't have much to say about that, concerned as it is with protecting men from women with VD, and so therefore if a woman, say, should see a sexy guy, and pick him up, or if she was suspected of sleeping with the male slaves (those that had not been castrated, for the Bible advocates the castration of the males to prevent just such an occurence) well an entirely different standard applied in such cases.
"If a husband is overcome with a fit of jealousy which makes him suspect his wife, whether she is guilty or not, then he must bring her to the priest. The priest will prepare the waters of trial by ordeal and force the woman to drink it, saying, 'let this ordeal water enter your body.' If her stomach swells painfully, she is guilty. Her name will become a curse among all her kin. Such is the law, for women owe obedience to their husbands." Num 5:11
Here we find an example of those famous 'trial by ordeal' laws, and you will notice that the ordeal applies 'whether she is guilty or not'. This reminds one of that famous trial by ordeal for female 'witches', whereby she would be tossed into a river, and if she drowned, she was innocent, and if she floated, and survived, well she was a witch and was to be burned at the stake. You just can't win, in the Bible, if you happen to be born with a vagina.
In addition to all this, men also got a special exemption for female child abuse and virgin raping, provided that they remembered to commit an act of genocide, and killed all those women who were old enough not to be virgins, and thus potential carriers of sexually transmitted diseases.
"They waged war as god had commanded them and killed every male. But they kept the women as captives and took their wealth as spoil. Moses was enraged. 'So you spared the women? Kill every woman who has had sexual intercourse, and kill every little boy, but keep the virgins for yourself... Divide them up evenly.'" Num. 31:7
"This is what you shall do; every male and every woman that has lain with a male you shall utterly destroy." And they found among the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead four hundred young virgins who had not known man by lying with him; and they brought them to the camp at Shiloh. Judges 21:11
Only young virgins were spared in the genocidal wars advocated in God's word the Bible, which is the root source for the imperialistic colonialism of the centuries past (once again the connection between the conduct of Christian nations, and the contents of God's Word, is impossible to miss and hardly a coincidence).
"When the lord your god has led you into the land you are entering to make your own, nations will fall before you. You must lay them under solemn ban and show them no pity." "The lord your god has given you this land as your own. All your fighting men must take up arms and march." Deut. 3:18 "You must drive all the natives of the land before you. If you do not drive the natives of the country before you then those who remain will become disgusting to your eyes and a thorn in your side. They will harass you in the land where you live, and I will deal with you as I meant to deal with them." Num. 33:51 "Devour the nations the lord your god delivers over to you. Show them no pity." Deut. 7:16
"Annihilate the nations you are dispossessing and make your home in their country." Deut. 12:29 "Put the inhabitants to the slaughter without giving any quarter and burn their town down." Deut. 13:15
god, you gave over these nations and these peoples and allotted these as our regions. They occupied the land. You multiplied their sons and daughters and led them to the land you had told them to possess. Their sons invaded and conquered the land and humbled the natives when you gave into their hands the natives of the land to be treated just as they pleased. Neh. 9
"The land you are invading is foul because of the filthiness of the natives. Their land is filled with filth from end to end because of the foulness of the natives. So you must not marry them or be concerned with their prosperity, so that yourselves may grow strong and eat the best of what the country produces yourself, and leave it as an inheritance to your sons forever.'" Ezra 9:10
"Drive out all the natives before you. You shall take possession of the land and settle it, for I, the Lord, have given it to you as your property. Divide it up among your clans." Num. 33:52
"You will who them no pity ... you shall not be afraid of them ... until those who are left and hide themselves from you are destroyed." Deuteronomy 7:16 "Destroy these nations before you, so that you shall take their land." Deuteronomy 31:3 "They finished slaughtering all the natives in the open wilderness where they pursued them and all of them until the very last had fallen by the edge of the sword." Joshua 8:24
Introduction : 2. Sexual morality in the Bible (Second Edition)"The mind that becomes soiled in youth can never again be washed clean; I know this by my own experience, and to this day I cherish an unappeasable bitterness against the unfaithful guardians of my young life, who not only permitted but compelled me to read an unexpurgated Bible through before I was 15 years old. None can do that and ever draw a clean sweet breath again this side of the grave." Mark Twain
As we all know, it became neccesary to introduce an appendix containing corrections and various errata for the first edition of God's Word, and this task fell to the Christians. You will often hear from ministers promoting that abstinent chastity campaign, and fighting against 'gay marriage' that 'monogamous marriage is the oldest instutition in the world' in that it appears in Genesis, and thus predates the state. Actually, if we are to go by what is in Genesis, then non-traditional relationships are the oldest institution in the world. By this I mean that incest predates the conventional monogamous nuclear family, since Adam slept with Eve, and the their kids, well their kids slept with each other, and perhaps they slept with mom and dad, and so and so on. Well you get the picture. Whatever the case may be, basing some argument for the monogamous marriage being 'the first institution' by appealing to Genesis is a bit of stretch due to the fact that the same people do not advocate incest today.
Cultural anthropologists have indicated that the vast majority of human cultures throughout history have practiced some form of polygyny, and the male dominated polygamy advocated and legalized in the Bible is just one striking example of this basic principle in practice. You would think our ministers would know better, having read the Bible themselves.
Now it could be said that the Appendix to the God's Word, which contains all those corrections and rewrites of God's Word (First Edition) advocates monogamy, and that is true, but actually it advocates monogamy as the lesser choice. Ideally, one should be celibate, but for those who cannot maintain their 'purity' and 'chastity' well for them it would be 'better to marry than to burn.' Certain holy sorts made themselves 'enuchs for the kingdom of heaven' (which means that they cut their balls off). Indeed it would be better to cut your balls off or poke out your eyeballs and burn them in the fire, than to have those balls, or that clitoris, tossed into the eternal flames of hell with you still attached. It was so bad that one could burn forever just for looking, or even thinking about sex. Well, on consideration, you can see that these revisions in the appendix represent a sea change in the thinking of God when it came to sexual matters.
I suppose that one could assume that the ball slashing, clitorectomy ideology of Christianity could be seen as a blanket revocation of those other earlier sex laws in the first edition of the Word of God. These leaves us to wonder how God could have misspoken so in the first edition, thus requiring the issuance of an appendix containing all that errata. It turns out that in Christian thought all the evils of the world were caused by testicles and vaginas, and it was all so bad that early Christians were looking forward to the complete destruction of the natural world, nature having become corrupt and evil, the evidence being those filthy genitals and sex in general, which have corrupted the entire universe with sex lust, requiring the complete destruction of nature, and the recreation of a pure, virgin universe.
"Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature."
"The Lord knows how to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment especially those who indulge their flesh in depraved lust, and who despise authority... These people are irrational animals, mere creatures of instinct, born to be caught and killed. They slander what they do not understand, and when those creatures are destroyed, they also will be destroyed."
"The day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed. Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home."
1 Peter 1:4; 2 Peter 2:9, 3:10
The above reminds me of a Reagan era official, a born again Christian, placed in charge of the environment (shudder), James Watt. When Watt was reminded that we needed to protect the environment 'for future generations' he replied that with the Lord coming very soon (you know, what with Israel back to robbing lands, as 'predicted' in God's Word, thus leading to Armageddon in the Middle East), well with every prophecy about to come true, there wouldn't be any future generations, Watt pronounced. Therefore, since God is going to come and completely wreck nature because of all that dirty sex lust, well we may as well do as much damage as we want right now, since if we wreck the place, or Jesus burns the place to the ground, the only difference is that between now and then we have a thriving economy based on exploiting nature, using stuff, and then throwing it into dumps and starting over, thus keeping the cycle of this current economy going. So either way, if Jesus comes, or Jesus tarries, the place gets wrecked one way or the other, so better that we should wreck the place ourselves while we wait for the church Jesus to come and burn the place to the ground and then create a new nature without any filthy sex lust.
The Obvious Hypocrisy of ChristiansWell, obvious to everyone, except a Christian, who often has an uncanny ability to remain as blind as a bat to their own faults, while the faults of others loom large in their field of view. (Personally I do not want someone who cannot see poking around trying to pick a speck out of my eyeball, for obvious reasons...)
Yes, sex is a really big issue for Christians, the only issue really, since if you are religious and Holy Like God you need to have morals which are the evidence for your holiness. As for imperialistic oil wars, detention without trial, torture and so on, well none of this a big issue with so many Christians, especially when compared to the really big sex issues, such as abstinent chastity or queer marriage, since these last two issues are related to filthy sex lust, which is the biggest sin on the planet.
Not the only sin on the planet, just the more important sin on the planet, since sex lust is responsible for bringing on the battle of Armageddon and world destruction, not to mention sending untold billions to roast in hell. But there are other sins to consider, although you don't hear much about them...
We know that in Venezuela right now, the Chavez government brought in a modest poverty reduction program (critisized on the left for being to modest, a pittance, and critisized on the right for being a poverty reduction program). To finance these modest social programs the Chavez government brought in royalties on oil companies, and the oil companies went to Washington to bring in a coup d'etat, the plotting of which is underway. The first coup lasted a weekend, with Washington welcoming the coup plotters saying they were looking forward to the restoration of democracy to Venezuela and all that other crap Washington spews out after a Latin American coup. This all came crashing down when millions of poor Venezuelans went into the streets to riot against Washington, and Washington was forced, temporarily mind you, to beat a hasty retreat.
This is similar to that coup in Guatemala, instigated in Washington by the Dulles brothers during the reign of Eisenhower. Once again the Guatemalan government brought in a modest poverty reduction program, this time financed through the United Fruit Company. In Venezeula the coup plotters and their rich friends locked out their workers and this was promoted as a 'national strike', duly reported as such by the American press (according to a recent gallop poll only 25 per cent of Americans regard journalists as being 'honest and trustworthy', and such statistics give a person some hope in the American people after all, who know they are being a line of bull shit by the highly concentrated corporate press). In Guatemala a rag tag group of 'revolutionaries' set out to overthrow the 'tyrant of Guatemala' (Chavez is also being portrayed as a tyrant), and this was promoted as a 'national uprising'. Yesterday we had a coup for the United Fruit Companies, resulting in right wing extremism that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Guatemalans at the hands of death squads, and today we have a coup being plotted in Venezuela for the United Oil Companies for exactly the same reason.
Decades pass but Washington remains the same, and the reasons remain the same. You know, with Washington fighting to maintain world poverty and permanently entrench the disparity between the very poor and the very rich (recipients of the biggest tax break in history, even bigger than Reagan's, and the intended recipients of Venezuelan and Iraqi oil wells) you might think that in the future as terrorism comes more and more to Americans, some of them might wonder if their cruel and oppressive foreign policy might have something to do with their troubles in the world. (This is my one paragraph summary of the Venezuealan situation, for those not familiar with the details having watched one to many of those untrustworthy journalists).
Now I bring this up as an example of the strange morality of Christianity, in that it is simple to whip a Christian into a moral frenzy when it comes to any issue having to do with the evil sex genitals, but when it comes to brutally crushing and robbing the poor and giving to the rich, you don't hear anything. If reporters tell lies by reporting an oppressive lock out as 'a national strike by the average Venezuelan' you would think that Christians would call them to account bringing some much needed moral correction to the nation, but they don't and thus evil thrives in the nation and around the world, as the oppression leads to violence.
Christians do nothing, probably because so many Christians see nothing, due to that blind as bat problem. But then, that is to be expected, for after all, it is not oppression or inequality that are corrupting the world, but evil sex lust that is corrupting the planet, thus accounting for the inordinate amount of time that the Christians spend on sex issues, and the zero amount of time these same people spend on other forms of corruption, such as the one I just mentioned, which is just one example of so very many examples of the very same thing.
But then I suppose you do have to focus on what really matters, since there are only so many hours in a day, right...
Abstinent Chastity and the VoleAfter thousands of years of futile attempts to force a square peg into a round hole, it turns out that monogamy is genetic and related to the production of the hormone vasopressin. Now that this discovery has been made, perhaps our religious people, you know, 'the conscience of the nation' can finally solve that age old war against human sexuality and thus free up the time to become the moral guardians of the nation and the planet. Well, unless it turns out to be the case that when the Church Jesus comes he is bringing vasopressin with him, and we will just have to wait until then.
It turns out that a 'Fidelity gene' was found in voles.
A single gene can turn the Don Juan of voles into an attentive home-loving husband, Nature magazine has reported. By altering the small animal's brain hormone chemistry, scientists have made a promiscuous meadow vole faithful - just like its prairie vole cousin...Fewer than 5% of mammals are habitually monogamous. Prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster) are among the select few. After mating, the males "fall in love": they stick close to their chosen one, guard her jealously and help her raise their young...To prove vasopressin has a "taming" effect, the researchers gave meadow voles extra V1a receptors in the ventral pallidum region of their brains. The results were remarkable. After the V1a receptor gene was introduced, the former playboys reformed their ways. Suddenly, they fixated on one female, choosing to mate with only her - even when other females tried to tempt them.
Now that is interesting. It turns out that the solution to the Christian problem of temptation is not 'surrendering to the ghost' or 'giving your life over to the control of Jesus, by accepting Christ in your heart.' No, the real solution for tempation, and the real cure for polygyny is the hormone vasopressin. Even Christians acknowledge that human beings are not included among that 5 per cent of creatures who are monogamous, since in nature, polygyny is the norm, in particular among mammals, in particular primates, such as human beings. This is, after all, why campaigners for 'abstinent chastity' and 'purity' must work so hard, expend so much effort, fighting and warring against human nature, a human nature, which, like the whole creation, the rest of nature, has been corrupted by filthy sex lust.
Not enough Vasopressin. That's the problem. You would think that someone would have thought of that a long time ago, especially a God, since spreading around that vasopressin would have spared Christians a lot of futile effort, not to mention saving millions or billions from burning up forever in hell for 'falling to temptation' to 'filthy sex lust' when it turns out they could have lived forever in heaven with the church Jesus, if only someone would have planned in advance and saw to it that they got their correct dose of vasopressin, thus causing them to adhere to those new, more severe sex laws found in the appendix at the end of God's Book.
It is obvious that there was no vasopressin around during the writing of the first edition of God's Book, and there hasn't been enough in the two thousand years since the Christians brought out those error corrections in the appendix, and there still isn't enough vasopressin today given all the energy that still must be poured into 'morality' by our Christians through the abstinent chastity and purity campaigns targetting our kids at school and now, through the Bush Administrations recently announced 'healthy families initiative', is also targetting welfare moms.