Sin is attached to sex, therefore the act of love making when not done for any other purposes than procreation becomes 'bad'. It harbours guilt and hangups in people. People have to repress natural inclinations in fear of being sinful. In Victorian England, Women were either married, widowed, or whores. An example of a destructive ideology, if ever I saw one. Well the fact is, in reality sex IS used for both recreation and procreation. Therefore Sin, and where life renews itself has been attatched there and is inseperable, thus not flawed. Relgious convention has added this negative dimension to sex. Kids thinking they will goto hell if they masturbate, genital mutilation to remove any enjoyment from sex. Feurbach talked about alienation of man from God. We are not, nor can we ever be perfect on earth according to religion and god, therefore we always set ourselves up to fail because he/she/god is perfect, and we are not. Its a self fulfilling prophecy, just like telling people they are infested with sin is a self fulfilling prophecy--How can they not feel they are bad people? Does the fear of masturbating come from anywhere but a deep rooted religious conflict created in ourselves? maybe they dont mention this because it is a given that sex is good because it brings children. You arent seriously gonna say that those with kids here, disagree with you? Maybe they ignore it because it doesn't seem to make sense to them? Not because they know it is right but still choose to ignore it Your assumption is that when people do such things they must be ignoring scripture. Not always the case. I could sense your last response was quite emotive so im going to leave it at that.