Anti-Masturbation Crusader Christine O’Donnell is Master of Her Domain

Christine O’Donnell is master of her domain. The deeply conservative Tea Party darling won the Republican senate nomination in Delaware last night with a stunning upset of establishment favorite Rep. Mike Castle.

O’Donnell rose to prominence as an anti-masturbation crusader in the 1990s. Jillian Rayfield of Talking Points Memo has video of O’Donnell’s 1996 appearance on MTV’s series “Sex in the Nineties” in which she and her colleagues from the Savior’s Alliance for Lifting the Truth Ministry. (SALT) O’Donnell warns teens that masturbation is adultery that will undermine their future marital sex lives: “You’re going to be pleasing each other, and if he already knows what pleases him and he can please himself, then why am I in the picture?” she asks.

Lest you think the anti-masturbation ministry was a youthful indiscretion, O’Donnell was still listed as the contact person for SALT on a web directory last updated in 2009. Christina Bellantoni of TPMDC reports that O’Donnell remained an outspoken social conservative on the campaign trail.

Blessing in disguise?

Suzi Khimm of Mother Jones sees O’Donnell’s victory as a potential blessing in disguise for Democrats:

Ultimately, though, the biggest benefactor of an O’Donnell victory could be the Democratic Party, as she has a significantly weaker shot against the likely Democratic contender, lawyer and county executive Chris Coons. [...] If the GOP loses Delaware, it could completely blow its chance at getting enough seats for a Senate majority.

Adele Stan of AlterNet reports that, as of 3 o’clock on Wednesday morning, former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte was still locked in a dead heat with Tea Party favorite Ovide Lamontagne for the Republican Senate nomination. Does Ayotte’s name sound familiar? That’s probably because she made a name for herself as the anti-abortion Attorney General behind Ayotte vs. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Beth Saunders reports for RH Reality Check.

If either of these Republican nominee proves too extreme for the voters of New Hampshire, the Democrats could pick up the senate seat being vacated by Republican Judd Gregg.

Urban coal pollution is deadly

In other health news, Michelle Chen reports in Colorlines that coal pollution will kill 13,000 Americans this year, mostly in urban areas:

According to the study, fine particle pollution linked to the coal industry is “expected to cause over 13,000 premature deaths in 2010, as well as almost 10,000 hospitalizations and more than 20,000 heart attacks per year.” The estimated death toll clusters in certain industrial cities, namely New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., affirming other research showing the racial and economic implications of these urban health impacts.

The bright side is that fewer people are projected to die of coal-related illnesses this year compared to last year. It’s not clear whether we have tougher regulation to thank, or the economic slowdown, or both.

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by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger


Roberto MARINI
Roberto MARINI2 years ago

masturbation can be a good way to discover our sexuality

Jeffrey M.
Jeffrey M7 years ago

"if he already knows what pleases him and he can please himself, then why am I in the picture?" - O'Donnell

It's likely because he's tired of pleasing himself and wants to try it with a partner. Lucky for you, at least one of you knows what they're doing. :P

Brian Hamilton
Brian Hamilton7 years ago

It is amazing that people like this actually think that their nation will be served by their intellect! Presumably she won't end up giving the voters the finger, but being a true reubYICKcan will urge people to just get a grip and or PULL themselves up by their bootstraps.
This women should be permantly excused from jury duty!!! Her judgement is scary.

Pat Pickren
Pat Pickren7 years ago

Interesting how they pick and choose from the Bible. I wonder why they don't follow the following admonitions from the Bible? No jewelry, fancy hairdos, expensive clothes, can't teach, must remain silent, Eve being the transgressor women can only be saved in childbearing. I'd love to hear how they twist these around to suit they're modern desires. 1st Timothy 2:9: In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 1st Timothy 2:10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 1st Timothy 2:11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 1st Timothy 2:12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 1st Timothy 2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 1st Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 1st Timothy 2:15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

Robert O.
Robert O7 years ago

She is way too far out there. I can't believe some people actually like this woman.

Gemma Allen
Gemma Allen7 years ago

I find it sad that anyone would listen to that rubbish!

Sylvia Castillo
Sylvia Castillo7 years ago

2 Things:
1. So can I masterbate when I'm married?
2. How do STDs know if your married or not?

It's so sad that she's so ignorant.

donald baumgartner

The picture ABOVE sai IT ALL!!

James D.
James D7 years ago

Perhaps O'Donnell's problem is a lack of "stimulation". It causes blood to flow to all parts of the body, including the brain. Assuming she still has one. Maybe she gave that up as well.

Jason H.
Jason H.7 years ago

When are these religious right types going to realize: they do not represent the majority of Americans? No, your failure to get elected is not the influence of Satan, or of the secular humanists. It is the result of the democratic process, in which only those who represent the values of the majority of voters can get the majority of votes.