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Nightline” had more total viewers than David Letterman and Conan O’Brien in the third quarter and Thursday’s show illustrated why people are picking the newsmakers over the jokesters.

The topic Thursday was adultery, the first of a series of shows examining the Ten Commandments. And it was hot stuff.

Cynthia McFadden hosted a panel discussion from Rev. Ed Young’s Fellowship Church in Dallas. Young was joined by Jonathan Daugherty, a recovering sex addict, who founded Be Broken Ministries, Jenny Block, author of “Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage,” and Noel Biderman, CEO of ashleymadison.com, a Web site for people who want to cheat on their partners.

Where we born to cheat?

Young: “God invented sex. Big sex. We don’t think enough about it…Great sex should happen within the context of marriage…Put God back into bed…Why not have an affair with your spouse?”

Daugherty: “God invented sex so He gets to define what the terms are…I broke that code…I’ve been on both sides of this equation…Faithfulness and fidelity to one spouse wins.”

Block: “I don’t believe in adultery…My husband wasn’t upset with my having sex with someone else, but my lying about it…It’s not about sex; It’s about honesty…To have one religion make all of the rules for every other religion makes no sense.”

Bitterman: “We live in an era…where we need to revisit what is right and wrong when it comes to our personal lives. If we cling to archaic notions, the institution of marriage as we know it will cease to exist…The 7th commandment is arcane…the Ten Commandments didn’t withstand the test of time.”

Joyhoggers, what do you say?