AFA Finds Goldfish Sexy

Jim Burroway

November 17th, 2007

At least that’s how it looks to me. The American Family Association sent out this Action Alert, alarmed that hotels are replacing Gideon Bibles with “Sex Kits.”:

Hotels replace Gideon Bibles with “sex kits”

Now is the time to let the hotel chains know that you want them to keep the Gideon Bibles

The latest fad with some hotels is to replace their Bibles with “intimancy [sic] kits.” For instance, at New York City’s trendy Soho Grand Hotel guests can enjoy a gourmet mini-bar, an iPod, a flat-screen TV and even the company of a complimentary pet goldfish. But no Bible.

That’s the problem with the AFA crowd. There’s no telling what they’ll find sexy.

Emily K

November 17th, 2007

aw, a pet goldfish? That’s cute! I want the company of a complimentary pet goldfish when I stay in a hotel!


November 17th, 2007

Just don’t take the goldfish on a date to a sushi bar and expect to get called back, is all I’m saying.

Timothy Kincaid

November 18th, 2007

Well I will say that AFA knows its audience:

The same companies that own these luxury hotels also own some of the typical hotels and motels you and I might use. For example, Accor Hotels owns Motel 6.


November 18th, 2007

I am mightily curious how they expect a live fish to be used in a sex scheme. I know that by the time you can put it to words, someone’s done it, but to call the supply of a pet fish without a corresponding Bible an “intimacy kit” is a stretch even for the AFA.

I am biased in favor of the hotels my own way. I’ve never liked the Gideons’ Bibles. Others I don’t mind (including the one I keep), but something about *those* bibles in particular bothers me. I expect that the sort of people who think a Bible ought to be foisted upon every hotel guest wouldn’t care that a particular distributing organization gave people the willies.

Suricou Raven

November 20th, 2007

I see the source of their outrage. If you offer condoms then… people might use them! The horror!

I dont know about the AFAs position, but the social-conservative position on contraception in general is this:
– If you are not married, you are not permitted contraception because you are not permitted to have sex.
– If you are married you do not need contraception because any children you have will be accepted as God’s gifts and lovingly cared for and raised regardless of your circumstances.

The latter I might start calling the ‘knocked-up scenario’ – the belief that even if a couple is barely holding together, fights often and has a tiny income, the addition of a child will *somehow* bring them back together every time, and the power of love will let them pay for it somehow.

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