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Christian academic: Porn to blame for rising same-sex marriage support

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  1. Since the Christians are losing followers in their millions, perhaps they should start making Christian porn?

    1. I don’t think even christians have a deep yearning to be christian. There there because of fear and self loathing, not love.

      1. Er. I’m a Christian and i’m there because of love. Not fear and self loathing.

  2. Yawn!

  3. Regnerus already has form where publishing misleading studies is concerned, There is good reason therefore to suspect that this study is more of the same.
    Regnerus is creating pseudo-scientific “evidence” for those opposed to same sex equality to use as propaganda.
    Every man is entitled to his own opinions but not his own facts.

    1. Staircase2 21 Dec 2012, 4:44pm

      According to the article, which most people appear not to have actually read, this was an ARTICLE, not a ‘study’

      1. According to PN, as you say the article by the Witherspoon Institute is commenting on an article by Regnerus. So perhaps it’s just an opinion piece as you suggest?

  4. Translation: “Everybody’s having sex except me and it’s Not Fair!!”

  5. @PinkNews:

    “Despite widespread commendation over the study’s methodology, ”

    Clearly you meant CONDEMNATION from the context.

  6. Mike Homfray 21 Dec 2012, 12:19pm

    This is not sociology but religious propaganda

  7. The entire thrust of evolution, so to speak, is about about having sex with no thought whatsoever given to whether a child is born. That is why are bodies are programmed to enjoy it.

    This guy has now pulled back the current the curtain of academic credentials to reveal another nosy parker, always concerned about the sex lives of others. No wonder that religious belief is plummeting even in the US.

    Mark Regnerus, say goodbye to your career. Nothing he will ever publish again will have any credibility beyond the confines of the religious right.

  8. Mumbo Jumbo 21 Dec 2012, 12:25pm

    From the article:

    “Gazers [of porn websites] are treated to a veritable fire-hose…..”

    Someone page Dr Freud.

  9. I think he needs a good shag.

    Not that I’m offering.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 21 Dec 2012, 12:42pm

      He probably sits at home glued to his computer screen wanking excessively and then begging forgiveness from his god for being tempted over and over. People like him probably have a vast collection of porn anyway. You know the old addage, people who protest too much? Moron!

      1. Staircase2 21 Dec 2012, 4:46pm

        But he’s not ‘protesting’ anything – least ways not according to this Pink News article.

        I suggest you read it

  10. KittyFantastico 21 Dec 2012, 12:36pm

    bet he had to watch loads of porn for his “research”.

  11. Lynda Yilmaz 21 Dec 2012, 12:38pm

    2 succinct comments.
    1. ‘Christian academic’ is an oxymoron as far as I’m concerned.
    2. ‘Given’ that he ‘studies the sexual and relationship lives of emerging adults…how sex is portrayed in modern pornography…’ –
    He studies sex for academic purposes – Of course he does!

    1. “1. ‘Christian academic’ is an oxymoron as far as I’m concerned.”

      Absolutely!

      1. Staircase2 21 Dec 2012, 4:49pm

        What rubbish

        Someone’s faith system is non of anyone’ else’s business UNLESS they use it to affect others or to distort their work/findings.

        There is nothing INHERENTLY wrong with someone being both and Academic and a Christian..

        1. But it seems to me describing oneself as a christian academic is clearly mixing the two in people’s minds. The conclusions of an academic should not in theory be any different for being a christian, so why add the word to describe oneself. Perhaps if what one studied professionally was christianity the word might belong, but otherwise it can only be used to imply that the conclusions reached are biased.

  12. Robert in S. Kensington 21 Dec 2012, 12:39pm

    He’s at it again. What he doesn’t say is that porn has the highest rate of consumption in red states (republican controlled), a known fact. So what he’s saying in fact is that right wing conservatives, tea party scumbags are actually helping equal marriage. What a dumb arse.

    In his distorted mind, every time a hetero couple have sex, they must produce a child. He should have been drowned at birth.

  13. “Mark Regnerus is a controversial Christian academic”

    Controversial, yes.

    Christian academic No on both counts. He is an anti-gay propagandist.

  14. And how would you know it’s Porn you dirty git ;-)

  15. “Porn also undermines the concept that in the act of sexual intercourse, we share our body and whole self … permanently and exclusively” umm this is based on all sorts of beliefs. We are animals why can we not shag like them, no whole selves required? Secondly, this is offensive as if gay love can be likened to the emotionlessness of porn surfing – clearly just another Christina nutter who just doesn’t get it.

  16. The main thing I’m getting from this is that he seems to be suggesting that straight porn is so utterly crap that it turns you gay? Really, these people need to learn to think before they fart.

    1. Staircase2 21 Dec 2012, 4:50pm

      Read the article

  17. I think the the term “controversial Christian” really removes the need to read any further.

    1. Staircase2 21 Dec 2012, 4:52pm

      The fact that you believe that just underlines the idea that everyone is entitled to their own Faith and beliefs as long as they don’t get in the way of the execution of their work. Your prejudices demonstrate what is wrong with people using their faith to stoke prejudicial actions…

      You clearly didn’t read the article itself – just the bloody headline

  18. “These people really are running out of reasons to hate things besides just admitting they are bigots.”
    (DarthHelmet86)

  19. “I would actually go further and say the more common porn is in a society the better rights women have in it as sexuality in general isnt suppressed”
    (mrjonno)

    1. Staircase2 21 Dec 2012, 4:54pm

      That would only be true if women aren’t subjugated by that porn in the first place when it actually has a detrimental effect on both female rights and thereby society in general

  20. The moment I see “christian” attached to a so-called academic study, I feel perfectly comfortable in discounting it as crap.

    I’m sorry, but so long as you are approaching a subject with your head full of myths and magic then you have no credibility at all.

    Plus, of course, he is assuming that sexuality is a mutable personal characteristic that can be influenced by exposure to media. Not only is this roundly debunked (indeed, when I grew up, there were no gay people at all on TV and by his argument, I should be straight) but is also a projection of himself.

    1. Staircase2 21 Dec 2012, 4:41pm

      Did you actually read the article? Or just the (misleading) headline…?

  21. “Regnerus manages to note that correlation doesn’t equal causation:

    (“Of course, correlation doesn’t mean causation, and I’m not suggesting causation here. But I’m also pretty confident the “causal arrow” wouldn’t run in the other direction. (Why would supporting same-sex marriage encourage you to look at porn?)”

    And then ends his column by stating that
    porn-viewing causes, at least in part, support for same sex marriage.

    (“In the end, contrary to what we might wish to think, young adult men’s support for redefining marriage may not be entirely the product of ideals about expansive freedoms, rights, liberties, and a noble commitment to fairness. It may be, at least in part, a byproduct of regular exposure to diverse and graphic sex acts.”)

    Yes, Mark, watching porn doesn’t cause support for same-sex marriage, but same-sex marriage support could be caused by watching porn.”) (crazy!)
    (keypad5)

  22. ...Paddyswurds 21 Dec 2012, 1:22pm

    Aren’t the words christian and academic contradictory and therefore invalid in the same sentence?

    1. Well I would call them useful since there can be no reason to describe oneself as a christian academic than to suggest that because one is a christian one’s academic conclusions are different; that is to say, it is a marker of bias. A christian study of porn cannot be objective…

  23. “That’s funny because I was totally against looking at titties until I started supporting gay rights.”
    (Precambrian Rabbi)

  24. Yes, of course, this is why the ancient Greeks, with the erotic decorations on their vases and their fantastic lesbian poetry were so in favour of equal marriage, too. /sarcasm

  25. Yes, because he only ever has sex to make babies.

  26. “Wasn’t there a survey recently that showed that viewing porn was more common in red states?” (Varangian)

    “Hmm, then why are all the southern states so anti-gay?..” (Joeb)

  27. To obtain a hint of the ‘quality” of one of his previous xtian agenda articles, take a look at: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/10/30/1110591/regnerus-admits-gay-parenting/?mobile=nc

    Agree wirh previous posters. Christian and acedemic is often an oxymoron

  28. Julian Morrison 21 Dec 2012, 2:17pm

    More depictions of sex for fun rather than reproduction, more equality. I fail to see the downside.

  29. That’s a really funny image of him tu-tutting over all the hours of porn he “has” to watch while his Yfronts fill with cum. Now that he has watched all that porn, if his theory is true, he should be in favour of marriage equality.

  30. Stuart McDonald 21 Dec 2012, 2:54pm

    “Christian academic” is an oxymoron.

  31. What a crock of sh?t. And did Christians marry from watching straight porn? Give me a break

  32. He’s obviously watched a lot of pornography then, all in the name of research of course. So going by his criteria then he must be gay. I was going to use a word that starts with w and ends with r but that would just be too poetic

  33. Well, I did not see any porn – gay or straight- until I was eclipsing my teen years; but knew I was gay at the age of eight. However, I did spend lots of time in my catholic chruch where there was a half naked and suffering image of a christ hanging on a cross. But, thinking back to that did not instill any yearning to be with a man either. However, I am athiest because of that suffering christ thing.

  34. Staircase2 21 Dec 2012, 4:40pm

    Once again, Pink News has chosen a heading which does not accurately portray the body of the article.

    From the heading I was fully prepared to think this guy was a complete bigot.

    Thankfully I read the actual article and discovered that he’s making a very valid point.

    I DO think that exposure to diversity via the Internet and the normalisation of sexual practices HAVE had a positive impact on public acceptance of ‘sexual minorities’ for want of a better phrase. And this HAS helped the LGBT cause somewhat.

    I also think his point about pornography in general is an interesting one regarding the total avoidance of the biological function at the root of straight sex.

    I think Pink News should change the heading so that it actually reflects the subject matter of your article.

    1. I wonder how many shags are for the purpose of procreation. I reckon it might be 0.00000001%. And it was like that before Internet porn.

  35. Migueldart 21 Dec 2012, 5:29pm

    I agree with him.

    The incredible ease of exposure of fully graphic sex to anyone on the internet, has made everybody aware of sexuality, and not in a negative, YOU”RE-DAMNED-TO-HELL light, specially to young (pre-pubescent) minds who have been forming their own opinions about sex without their parents ever talking about it, or if they do, only to condemn it along with the clergy as a religious sin. To all this people, sexuality has become not only a natural function of human biology, but a very fun way of passing the time and not a social stigma, and being more openminded because of having been exposed to all kinds of sexual practices without guilt, we are definitelly undergoing a bigger sexual revolution than the one in the 60’s-70’s.

    I am pretty sure the religious right are the most hypocritical, heavy users of porn on the net.

  36. Rubbish.

  37. Can someone give me the web address of the porn?

    Oh and buddy..get rid of the beard…it’s silly.

  38. Guglielmo Marinaro 21 Dec 2012, 6:35pm

    Heterosexuality is a constantly recurring theme throughout Western literature and music. How many plays by Shakespeare or Molière for example, how many operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Bellini or Puccini, how many love songs, how many love sonnets, how many romantic novels, can anyone identify that focus on the procreative function of heterosexuality? I won’t be reckless enough to say that there aren’t any, but offhand I find it very difficult to think of one.

  39. Scott Rose 22 Dec 2012, 3:01am

    This latest gay-bashing bigotry out of Regnerus is profoundly dishonest. What he does not say in the article is more important than what he does say. For one example, what he does not tell readers is that out of his study’s total 2,988 respondents, only 84 watch porno “every day or nearly every day.” 1,402 of his respondents are in favor of same-sex marriage. So, if every last one of his 84 respondents who watch porno “every day or nearly every day” were to favor same-sex marriage, that still would mean that only 5.9% of his respondents who favor same-sex marriage watch porno every day. Yet, he is attempting to brand and smear equality supporters as daily pornography viewers. Regnerus and his Witherspoon funders and editors made the choices about how to present this latest gay-bashing bigot attack. This was a very calculated way for them to be sure of presenting the information in a manner that attempts to demonize equality supporters. “Watches porno every day” is not a characteristic

  40. ”Porn also undermines the concept that in the act of sexual intercourse, we share our body and whole self … permanently and exclusively”. Yes porn does that, but i dont see how thats got to do with gay marriage. So what regnerus is saying is that straight people who accept gay marriage do so because, similar to porn, gays only share their body , not their inmost selves during sexual intercourse. WTF. this dude needs to be schooled big time

  41. Religion seems to be more obsessed with sex than anyone else.
    Where you put your genitals. In what position. Which parts you “chop off” what you ‘wear’ on them. When you can first have it… And on and on and on.

  42. Religion seems to be more obsessed with sex than anyone else.
    Where you put your genitals. In what position. Which parts you “chop off” what you ‘wear’ on them. When you can first have it… And on and on and on it goes.

  43. quick lets ban condoms! They stop baby making too … whatta douche.

  44. Paul from Tarcoma, WA 28 Dec 2012, 3:05am

    Go back to Iran you stupid Christian bigoted moron, and while you are over there get an education!

    I am a Christian and I FULLY 100% support marriage between ANY TWO ADULTS!

    I am a Christian, because that is the very reason why I am getting married to my boyfriend next year!

    If their is such thing as a “progressive Christian” – than that is me!

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