Hat-tip to the Stroppy Rabbit for the link to this chart on religion and sexual ethics, and for providing a pagan view in addition to the original chart, which is said to have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle in December 1994. It was compiled, according to them, “based on official reports and expert advice.”
It recorded the views of Baptists, Buddhists, Catholics, Methodists, Mormons, Muslims and Jews on various issues relating to sexual ethics. No Orthodox Christians.
I won’t attempt, like the Stroppy Rabbit, to add Orthodox views to the chart itself, but will confine myself to remarking on some anomalies in the chart itself.
The chart ranges from “Blessed”, through “Morally acceptable in most cases”, “Neutral”, “Morally unacceptable in most cases” to “Condemned”.
Some of the classifications are questionable. For instance, it lists teenage sex as “condemned” by Catholics. Now I’m not a fundi on Catholic canon law, so please correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that according to Catholic canon law boys may marry at 14 and girls at 12 (secular law may be different in many countries), and sex within marriage is blessed, for teenagers as well as anyone else. Only 13-year-old boys are excluded from this.
A more serious anomaly is what the chart includes and excludes.
It includes married clergy, female clergy and homosexual orientation. These are not really ethical or moral issues at all. They are rather doctrinal, disciplinary or ontological issues.
And while abortion is indeed an ethical issue, it’s a moot point whether it is a sexual one. The moral issue with abortion is the taking of human life. I don’t believe it is any more a sexual issue than infanticide or capital punishment.