Here's a video addressing the currently controversial issue of robots produced for the purpose of sexual intimacy and companionship. You will have t sign in to confirm your age.
Towards the end of the video, there's some interesting comments made by a woman named Kathleen Richardson, professor of Ethics and Culture of Robots and AI at De Montfort University in Leicester, England. She is an opponent of AI sex and companionship. She describes herself as a feminist humanist, so she's probably not religious. At least certainly not an evangelical Christian.
Of course her main focus is on the objectification of women, although the production of love or sex robots include male figures.
The interesting part is that Ms. Richardson is giving an argument that an evangelical Christian would. Thus the trend I'm referring to. In the past, there have been a number of ethical issues like abortion that were simply ethical in nature as opposed to religious. So when say, abortion became a public issue, it's morality was based not on religion but from just a simple general (or secular) standpoint. Basically, is it murder? Eventually, as the viewpoint
gravitated towards the right for the woman to choose, abortion became a religious issue. Not all proponents of anti-abortion are religious, but for the most part it's considered a battle between the religious right, and the liberal left who allegedly sympathizes with the free-will of a woman.
Moving forward into the future, let's view a very possible scenario where the sympathy is now gravitating towards lonely men (or women) who just cannot find love with a fellow human being. The (for lack of a better term) liberal left begins to argue that a lonely man or woman can genuinely love a robot, and the robot is not actually human, thus not a slave, and robots purchased as mates should be completely accepted. Even feminist activists sympathize with the lonely man or woman who simply want love, but not able to obtain it from a fellow human. Now many of the voices against robot sex that have replaced Ms. Richardson are evangelical Christians. Now, it's a religious, or secular vs. religious issue. As of right now, it doesn't seem to be a religious issue. Possibly because of it being in it's infancy stages. An issue not yet on the forefront.
Anyone see a trend here?