The United States has seen a resurgence of religious extremism recently. With everything from Flat Earthers coming forward to legalizing discrimination against millions of people to terrorists shooting up medical clinics, it’s clear that religious extremism is becoming bolder. Obviously these examples range from the stupidly laughable to the terrifyingly dangerous, most of the things they are doing lies somewhere in the middle.
Enter Mack Major, one of those somewhere in the middle of this spectrum. He is an avid anti-sex activist who regularly uses his platform to push his Old Testament beliefs in demonic possession and why yoga will lead you to hell (seriously). But it’s his latest article that literally demonizes female masturbation, saying that they are doorways to hell that is raising a few eyebrows. In his own words:
“Many of you who are reading this have sex toys in your possession right now. And whether you want to accept it as fact or not: these sex toys are an open portal between the demonics realm and your own life. As long as you have these sex toys in your home, you have a doorway that can allow demons to not only access your life at will, but also to torment you, hinder and destroy certain parts of your life as it relates to sex and your relationships.”
So, yeah, if you are ever feeling bored on a Saturday afternoon and decide to paddle the ol’ canoe beware: Beelzebub may suddenly come in and steal your boyfriend or something.
While many preachers use demons as symbols of sin to scare people into adhering to whatever moral code they are pushing, Major is very clearly speaking of them as real things that actually exist and who will come in via some kind of magical doorway created by taking care of business Onan-style.
Many people may be out there wondering what the big deal is. After all, he is entitled to believe what he wants, even if it’s a bit on the kooky side. But as a public figure and author he has influence over untold numbers of people out there, and when he is stigmatizing not only the natural act of masturbation, but particularly female masturbation, he is trying to set the discourse in this country back to a time when sex was considered a terrible thing, rather than a natural act. And, weirdly enough, one would think somebody who preaches abstinence only would be in favor of masturbation as an alternative so as to keep fornication at bay.
But religious extremists are rarely reasonable folks.