Granted her views aren’t culturally mainstream, but they hardly qualify as crazy. It’s not as though O’Donnell now wishes to stone adulterers and homosexuals or criminalize impure thoughts and sexual self-stimulation. Those would be crazy.
Vox has a point. It is mainstream Catholic orthodoxy that masturbation is as wrong as gay sex. Leading theocon Robbie George is on record defending the position and only opposes state regulation of jerking off because it would require, well, a police state that would make the Stasi look mild. Sarah Posner cautions Democrats against "overplaying the masturbation bit":
But does she still think women serving in Iraq or Afghanistan endanger our national security? That seems like, uh, fertile ground for determining just how far her views on sex and sexuality go.
More on those views here. I think the more the orthodox Catholic position on wanking is out there the better, because the position is rooted in exactly the same theology as the position on marriage equality and contraception.
A mischievous thought: when will someone ask O'Donnell, as a single woman, if, since her conversion to Catholicism, she has ever masturbated? She cannot have had any sex, right? And that includes sex alone. Since she has made this a public stance, and since, apparently, she cannot lie (even if it would mean handing over Jews to Nazis), she has made the question perfectly legit.
This seems to me to be what Jake Tapper is for. But I suspect O'Donnell will be as available to the press in 2010 as Palin was in 2008. And she is now asking that her previous statements be ignored:
“I was in my twenties and very excited and passionate about my newfound faith. But I can assure you, my faith has matured and when I go to Washington, D.C. it’ll be the Constitution on which I base all of my decisions, not my personal beliefs.”
The theocons will probably have a conniption. She used the Kennedy-Cuomo "personal beliefs" argument. But she still wants to ban all abortions except when the life of the mother is at stake. What is her position on the civil rights of her gay sister? Is wanking now ok? You cannot now just walk away from these positions. You have to either reject or reaffirm them. So which ones does she now reject?