Religious Teachings on Sex Infographic

An infographic I made today based on the religious teachings survey conducted by ( )


I'm pretty happy this is getting some attention (1000+ views? woohoo) - if you're interested, I have some other infographics on flickr. I am also available for freelance work- shoot me an email at


-- Update --


So this has gotten dugg and tweeted and all sorts of promoted and I am infinitely grateful and surprised. This was one of my first infographics (either first or second) and was really just a practice. As I've been told quite a bit, this source sucks. If anyone would like to supply me with an updated source, including more religions, better citations, all of that, I would be happy to redesign the chart.


I appreciate all of the criticism and appreciation.


For the record, I'm an athiest.

  • Steeve McCauley 6y

    I'll pass on all of these mythologies, thanks. It's nice to think that atheism is all green.
  • clindarofeos 6y

    I guess all those catholic bishops fighting tooth and nail against every advance in gay rights over the decades and centuries amounts to neutrality?

  • [deletaeris] 6y

    As a Muslim I know for a fact that divorce is allowed. There are extensive laws that were dictated over 1400 years ago that allow a man and woman to be divorced unlike what is implied in the media today. I'm not sure what Religious Tolerance's specific sources are, but you may be mistaken pseudoplacebo.
  • Fyera 6y

    Differentiating "Teen sex" from "Premarital sex" is questionable, at least so far as Catholicism is concerned, because up until recently a huge fraction of Catholics got married, and then had sex, in their teens.
  • bryanclark82 6y

    This isn't even close to be accurate. Homosexuality is indeed condemned in the catholic church. Muslims cannot get divorced. Muslims cannot have premarital sex.

    I could go on and on, but for the most part... incorrect.
  • J 6y

    pretty but wrong, I used to be a catholic and EVERYTHING fun and sexy is condemned as in youre-going-to-burn-in-hell-for-all-eternity-with-satan-and-all-his-little-wizards-if-you-even-think-about-touching-your-winky-condemned
  • Daniele 6y

    Hi I live in Italy, home of the catholic pope, and the homosexual orientation is condamned in most cases (if not condamned at all).
    It's a shame, I know.
  • pseudoplacebo 6y

    As I said in the update, I (now) know this source isn't all that great. If someone would like to do the research (I do not currently have the free time) I would be happy to update the graphic.

    And for the record, I think it's at least CLOSE to being accurate.
  • elthefred 6y

    Wow... Buddhism seems to be the religion if your horny...
  • clintonneal 6y

    Lucky I'm an Atheist. I can do whatever I want. Ah Freedom.
  • cuto amidei 6y

    To write of religion, we must know theology and philosophy. Otherwise, err, because your base is weak conceptual
  • Furee 6y

    divorce is allowed in Islam -- but only if the husband says Thalak Thalak, which means "Over Over ". Even if he says it accidentally - that's grounds for divorce (as in the wife can take him on that).

    Also if a husband commits adultery or murder or one of the other basic morality sins in Abraham religions - then that can be grounds for divorce as well.
  • Zafarali Ahmed 6y

    There are quite a few with the Islam one. but its a AWESOME way to show information :)
    love the work
  • Dustin Keast 6y

    This is what happens when I come in contact w/holy water :P

    When I piss
  • rdaved 6y

    nice graphic but wgaf?
  • Omegamogo 6y

    Pretty informative...but may easily cause a whole lot of drama. It's nearly impossible to distill all the disparate views within a given religion into a chart.

    A couple of corrections regarding the Islamic teachings though, being a Muslim I can assist with that.

    Divorce is completely allowed. It's considered a far better solution to a troubled marriage than 'toughing it out'.

    Teen sex, within a marriage, is fine. So long as both parties have already hit puberty.

    Homosexuality as an orientation should be neutral. Homosexual sex is what's condemned. Something that someone might not have any control over obviously can't be condemned.

    Abortion, in and of itself, is almost universally allowed in Islam while within the first few months of pregnancy. But there has to be a damn good reason for it.
  • riow2009 5y

    The Buddhist column is very imprecise. It seems to come closer to Theravada Buddhism (closer to scripture), but then in contradicts itself by saying masturbation and abortion are allowed (they most certainly are NOT). So either you have to change this, or change the other portions of the column to fit an orientation closer to Mahayana/Vajrayana Buddhism. Also, in Buddhism the distinction between homosexual *orientation* and homosexual *sexual acts* is relevant. The Dalai Lama himself said there is no problem in being homosexual, but that the sexual act in itself is wrong/frowned upon. Nevertheless, there are many Buddhist that will tell you that it's more of a cultural thing (in Tibet homosexual acts are taboo, in other places it is not).
  • ala3letter 5y

    Statistic on statistics: You sure got generous traffic on this one.
  • Alexander Vega 5y

    Good infographic!
  • ThereWasADream 4y

    Adrian D'Alimonte In the Roman Catholic belief, only homosexual acts are "condemned," not the orientation itself as it is assumed that one can't choose it (at least in most cases).
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