Islam plays catch up with christian fundamentalism… (Lower case, “c,” intentional.)
Guardian Unlimited | World dispatch | Seminal questions
The purpose of religion (As opposed to faith) is power. For a person or a religious entity to have power, they must have control. For a religion to be in control, there have to be areas over which that religion can claim governance and the only way that governance can be legitimized is through convincing adherents that there is a great evil present in an area that must be avoided.
This must be done in areas that are well WITHIN the bounds of what people would actually do in their day to day lives or there is insufficient shame to gain the power desired. (Simply regulating theft and murder is not sufficient for we are seldom enough drawn to commit such that shame levels would remain low and the population would thus remain uncontrollable.)
Very few religions have, in that pursuit of shame based power, been able to resist the lure of regulating marital sexuality for it is one area where people the world over are innately (And correctly) convinced that it should be an area of total freedom thus (in the presence of those false* rules) resulting in continual transgression…
What is intriguing about this article is that most of it could have been cut -n-pasted from fundamentalist evangelical publications of last year. Christianity was supposed to be about freedom but fundamentalist christianity has become so good at using shame and rules to seize power that Islam is falling behind — and has had to steal a page from our book.
*Note: if you doubt that the presence of those rules are false, have a look at the Greek word usage under Hebrews 13:4. There are no rules governing loving sexuality between a husband and a wife.