Del. GOP Candidate Opposes ... Masturbation

by Kilian Melloy
Tuesday Sep 7, 2010

Delaware Republican state lawmaker Mike Castle isn't conservative enough for the Tea Party, who have put up their own candidate to run against him for the Senate seat that Joe Biden left when he became vice president. The candidate of choice for the Tea Party Express? Christine O'Donnell, whose campaign has been beset by accusations of false claims regarding her degree, her past electoral record, and an anti-gay smear campaign against Castle said to be the work of former O'Donnell campaign workers.

Add to that one more wrinkle, reported on Sept. 4: O'Donnell opposes sex outside of marriage so vehemently that she has spoken out against masturbation, even as a means of avoiding sexual intercourse before marriage, because she believes it to be a form of adultery.

"The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery," O'Donnell claimed on an MTV program called Sex in the 90s. "So you can't masturbate without lust," O'Donnell claimed, according to the article. "The reason that you don't tell [people] that masturbation is the answer to AIDS and all these other problems that come with sex outside of marriage is because, again, it is not addressing the issue. You're just gonna create somebody who is, I was gonna say, toying with his sexuality. Pardon the pun." noted that O'Donnell did not actually possess the degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University that she had claimed to have earned; while O'Donnell told the media that she had not received her diploma because she still owed money on her student loans, her campaign manager offered an alternative explanation, saying that O'Donnell had only recently completed the needed coursework. also reported that O'Donnell claimed to have done better in the 2008 elections than she actually had, first claiming to have won two of the states three counties, then saying that she had tied in one county, and finally revising her account to acknowledge that she had lost--but nearly tied.

And finally, noted, former staffers of O'Donnell's campaign were behind an apparently groundless rumor that Castle was embroiled in a gay affair--an allegation that RedState blogger Erik Erikson called the O'Donnell campaign on in a Sept. 3 posting, despite protestations made by the blogger that he "would rather die a thousand times over via crushing by an anaconda while being torn limb from limb by a jaguar than see Mike Castle in the Senate."

Erikson recounted that O'Donnell staffers who had left her campaign launched a website called, where the allegation was made. "When it was pointed out that all the people behind the accusation were O'Donnell campaign staffers, the response was 'not any more,' " Erikson noted. "After a year of direct and indirect advocacy for Christine O'Donnell, it is pretty doggone hard to now stand apart and say 'Nope, not campaign related.' "

Erikson denounced as "lies" claims that the Tea Party embraced racist and homophobic elements, and wrote, "I don't care if Mike Castle is meeting up with Larry Craig at for some Union Station visitation--without proof it is meaningless and even with proof it is a distraction from the issues and not helpful to tea party activists or Christine O'Donnell."

Politico's Ben Smith also reported on the anti-gay smear effort directed at Castle, writing in a Sept. 1 blog posting that, "A conservative firm until recently employed by the Delaware primary campaign of conservative Christine O'Donnell against Rep. Mike Castle casually leveled an extraordinary--and unsupported--charge of a gay affair against Castle in a video posted to its website today, the ugliest salvo yet in an extremely bitter primary."

Smith reported that O'Donnell spokesperson Yates Walker also works for, and said that he spoke with Walker about the allegation. Walker, Smith said, claimed that the alleged affair was a matter of "common knowledge," although, Smith noted, "He didn't offer any evidence for the claim."

The Huffington Post recalled in a Sept. 7 article that O'Donnell had not only condemned masturbation, but had also spoken of abstinence as "a physical discipline," and had opposed sex ed classes in public schools for fear that they might make children more vulnerable to pedophiles.

O'Donnell also "was part of a group of outraged religious conservatives who criticized President George W. Bush for allowing continued research on 60 stem cell lines that had already been developed," the Huffington Post article said.

Dr. Jocelyn Elders famously lost her post as United States Surgeon General under Bill Clinton when she spoke favorably about masturbation as a means of combating the spread of HIV. Conservatives charged that Elders was a corrupting influence on America's children in the wake of her comments.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


  • nothingpetty, 2010-09-07 14:45:15

    Thou shalt not bear false witness (includes all lies) Thou shalt not steal (even a reputation) Obviously, O’Donnell and friends have missed a passage, or two, when they last read the Bible!

  • West_Coast Will, 2010-09-07 18:08:38

    Thou shall not kill.. Why is she not trying to disban the military?

  • JPC, 2010-09-07 20:35:55

    This woman just sounds stupid and a radical. That’s just what this country needs is another bible thumper in office.

  • mikeypoo2, 2010-09-08 12:38:21

    O’Donnell owes $11,000 in back taxes and had to sell her home to a staffer to avoid foreclosure. She can’t meet her obligations and wants to be in the Senate. Another follower of The Bible As Seen by the religious right, wingnut chapter.

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