Saturday, April 02, 2005

No tolerance for abstinence

The federal Department of Health and Human Services has created a website promoting sexual abstinence as the healthiest choice for unmarried young people.

Frankly, I don't think Government has any business teaching young people about sex. That's the Family's job and Government will just screw it up.

Unfortunately, that's not the argument the ACLU and its pro-gay allies are making in their efforts to get the website shut down. No, they're mad because the website promoting abstinence doesn't go out of its way to tell kids how to have sex, and it seems to imply that homosexuality is wrong.

They're mad because the site contains factual information about why various contaceptives are not foolproof. After all, they say, abstinence "doesn't work" because teenagers can't resist sex. Thus, if we don't lie to them about the effectiveness of contraceptives, they won't even bother to use them at all.

Having read some of the "sexual health" curriculum these adults foist on children, I've concluded they're perverts masquerading as professionals. They hate the idea of abstinence because it implies humans (even adolescent humans) can control their appetites, and they don't want to control their appetites.

I hope this is a wake-up call to moral people who imagine they can reach a peaceful consensus on this issue. I hope it's a wake-up call to parents who imagine they can trust strangers with the hearts and minds of their children.

6 Comments:

At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Tom H said...

Mercifully, it seems the sex-ed bill in the WA Legislature is dead -- at least for this session. I spoke directly to the guy in Wade Horn's office at HHS who runs the abstinence program for the feds a couple of weeks ago. While nothing was official because the sex-ed bill hadn't moved through the Legislature, the indication was that the $740K WA gets for abstinence programs would be at risk.

 
At 8:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

----Frankly, I don't think Government has any business teaching young people about sex. That's the Family's job and Government will just screw it up.

Psychology, anatomy, sociology, history and biology are all legitimate academic subjects, but for some reason human sexuality is the capital-f family's job?

I'm comforted to know that no one needs to discuss this sort of messy subject in school. Naturally, if we sedulously avoid any mention of sex, capital-f families will dispense correct information and no dangerous misinformation will be floated in the hallways.

And we will have students graduating with a healthy attitude toward sex to carry with them through life, even though they taught that it isn't something that should be talked about in school.

---After all, they say, abstinence "doesn't work" because teenagers can't resist sex. Thus, if we don't lie to them about the effectiveness of contraceptives, they won't even bother to use them at all.

If you bothered to check out the ACLU's webpage, you would understand the objection, which is two-fold - first, abstinence only programs are proved to be singularly ineffective at reducing teen pregnancy and STDs. Some people are concerned enough about young people that they care whether they get STDs, instead of sweeping the problem under the rug, forbidding talk at school, and withholding the information. These people you affectionately refer to as "perverts."

The second objection is that the information on the site is simply wrong. Why should someone who cares about education oppose the correction of false information?

No one said that "kids can't resist sex" except you. In a society in which both parents typically work, in which kids are given access to the internet and MTV, sexuality is more confusing than ever for young people. Your solution is to starve them for accurate information.

Like other issues, conservatives simultaneously claim to value autonomy and refuse to respect it. If kids are smart enough and self controled enough to resist sex, then they should be entrusted with accurate information.

----Having read some of the "sexual health" curriculum these adults foist on children, I've concluded they're perverts masquerading as professionals.

"Perverts" - that's an objective assessment. What, in your world, constitutes perversion? Homosexuality? Anal sex? Oral sex? A light spanking? Apparently not so much - merely talking about sex to teenagers makes a person a pervert! There's is good reason to worry about your mental health here.

----I hope this is a wake-up call to moral people who imagine they can reach a peaceful consensus on this issue.

A peaceful consensus like abstinence being discussed along with contraception? Why should this be an unacceptable solution to you "moral" "nonperverted" people?

What is moral about ignoring the needs of young adults because you have a problem with your sexuality? (Sorry to be personal, but someone who calls advocates of sex education in school "perverts" really does have a problem with their sexuality).

 
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