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Contrary to those who think that wanton sex with hundreds of beautiful women sounds like an ideal existence, Hefner's life is not something to celebrate, according to the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

Hugh Hefner, Russell Moore
Hugh Hefner (L), the late Playboy magazine founder, and Russell Moore, president of the the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. |

"Hefner did not create, but marketed ingeniously the idea that a man's life consists in the abundance of his possessions and of his orgasms. To women, he marketed frenetically the idea that a woman's value consists in her sexual availability and attractiveness to men," Moore wrote on his website Thursday.

He noted that Hefner's choice of a bunny for a symbol was apt given how he saw men and women as rabbits. But humans are not rabbits.

"If you want to see 'success,' look instead to the man faithful to the wife of his youth, caring for her through dementia," he added.

"The sign of the good life is not a bunny but a cross."

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