In a post that I recently found on Sara Whitman's Suburban Lesbian Housewife she informs that the American Family Association is decrying a blatant action by several hotel chains in their 'offensive' removal of the Gideon's BIBLE from nightstands and end tables for what the AFA have labeled as "sex kits" in a recent Action Alert.
Now after glancing over the Newsweek article referred to by the AFA's Action Alert, as a staunch Catholic I am half tempted to say, "Oh, thank God, finally!" remembering the many times that I go through Wal*Mart or Dollar General and try to buy a Catholic version of the BIBLE and cant find one to save my ass. There are also the many times when I was staying at a hotel and not wanting to get dressed to go down stairs to my car to get my BIBLE for some light spiritual reading that I had to turn the Gideon's pages.
The only thing that pissed me off was when the person who dropped off the BIBLE left there own little other tract in there illustrating how "we are all sinners and going to hell" or taped something to the inside of the BIBLE in question that lead me to "invite JESUS in my heart" even though I am already baptized and He's been in there for thirty one years. At this pointe in our relationship He already took over the closets, He should have His own set of keys made.
Now as far as the flip side of the story the "sex kits" actually are called the intimacy or romance provisions at certain motels. Some even have concierges specifically for these entertainment scenarios and rate packages to match. In all due respect this action is well overdue in hotels because how many times has a single man been stuck on a business trip in a motel and not had a prophylactic to use with himself or his partner(s) of choice. With the new rise of old diseases that are becoming resistant to the original antibiotics used to fight them it is actually good business practice to insure the safety of your guests and provide that safety net for the heat of the moment action. Now of course I am not condoning mass promiscuity but an occasional in the moment intimate encounters with really good friends, that is another story all together.
The biggest issue when all is said and done is what Scripture has to say about spilling your seed in strange lands...or on any lads.... To which, I refer back to Sara's blog, for this excerpt from the Book of Samuel between David and Jonathan, that I have used in my own pastoral work and teaching. If this doesn't sound like a gay marriage arrangement I don't know what does:
"And it came to pass,
that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David,
and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
And Jonathan said to David,
God be between me and thee,
and between my seed and thy seed for ever."