Claim #5e: Straw man

Mormon Stories’ expert offers “medical reasons” not to oppose masturbation. When I pointed out that “medical science” can offer no spiritual reasons, Rollo accused me of presenting a straw man.

In fact, it is Mormon Stories that provides the straw man. The Church does not oppose masturbation for medical or scientific reasons, any more than it opposes tobacco because it causes cancer, or wine because some people can become alcoholics. The Church’s doctrines exist because of spiritual and scriptural concerns. One can no more rebut the doctrine on masturbation by quoting scientific studies than one can rebut the Word of Wisdom by showing that a glass of wine per day helps heart health.

I’m surprised that it is necessary to point this out, but it seems to be.

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