Up until now, you’ve never even once said that prostitution is wrong, so bringing that up at this juncture is just a way for you to change the subject slightly so that you don’t “lose.” Meanwhile, my objective is not to “win” but to get you to think about what you are saying and also to correct some carelessly made factual assertions.

You cannot be both an advocate for unconditional love and a moral absolutist at the same time. And to make it worse, your moral absolutism imposes your morals on everyone else. Why do you get to decide for the entire rest of the world what is right and what is wrong in situations where there is no victim?

In prepatriarchal societies, sacred intimates (often mischaracterized as sacred prostitutes) were often high-status women who were revered for their connection to the divine.

The sacred sexual customs of the female religion offer us another of the apparent ties between the worship of the Divine Ancestress as it was known in Sumer, Babylon, Anatolia, Greece, Carthage, Sicily, Cypress, and even in Canaan. Women who made love in the temples were known in their own language as “sacred women,” “the undefiled.” Their Akkadian name of qadishtu is literally translated as “sanctified women” or “holy women.”

So, who gets to decide what is absolutely right and absolutely wrong? You? Based on your beliefs and your culture? And you want to pretend that is unconditional love? That’s some seriously avoidant mental gymnastics, my friend.

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