Sex book sparks controversy

September 10, 2008 3:12:30 PM PDT
The book is called 101 Places to Have Sex Before You Die. It's a catchy title, but not everyone is pleased with one of its suggestions.

The book encourages couples to sneak into church confessional booths to have sex: "The only sex the church doesn't frown upon is the married, heterosexual and birth control free kind, so the odds are the pope is pretty displeased with you already. Instead of carrying all that mortal sin around with you for weeks at a time until you can make it to confession, why not combine both with a quick and tidy 2 for 1 lesson?"

Bill Donahue of the Catholic League isn't amused. He doesn't hide his disgust.

"Who would want to have sex in a confessional? The very same people who would want to have sex in a graveyard. And I don't mean, by the way, with each other," Donohue said.

He's angry and he's not alone.

The book adds drawbacks, including splinters and ex-communication.

It also is reminding some of the Opie and Anthony gag that got the team fired back in 2002.

The pair put a couple on air having sex in the back of St. Patrick Cathedral while people prayed.

We only found one person who didn't find the idea totally offensive. Lina Vandamars is a Catholic visiting from Germany.

"I never thought about. It may be number 100 for having sex in a church," she said.

Simon and Schuster, the publisher, sent us this short statement:

"This is one entry in a book that includes 100 other equally facetious references. We think readers will understand the spirit of the book."

The book goes on sale on November 4.

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