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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Monday, March 27, 2006

Rhode Island Bans Abstinence-Only Sex Education from Schools

Rhode Island has banned an abstinence-only-until-marriage program from public schools, saying the program violates students' rights, embraces sexist stereotypes, and isolates homosexual teens.


  • So homosexual teens can't be abstinent? Or is suggesting that they should be, somehow intolerant of their lifestyle?

    By Blogger Steve B, at 8:41 PM  

  • Good question. I too was a bit perplexed. A homosexual teen should have no more difficulty in abstinence than a hetersexual teen.

    I found their whole line of reasoning and their objections assinine and rather meaningless and I guess I could add incongruous.

    By Blogger HeavyHanded, at 9:22 PM  

  • While we still have laws that mandate that marriage is between a man and a woman, and we have education programs teaching that sex outside of marriage is inappropriate, it really isn't a question for homosexuals about abstinence before marriage, is it? This program, and others like it, teach blatantly that ALL sexual activity outside of marriage, or before marriage, is inappropriate. Not much room for anything else - homosexuals, cohabiting couples, person who choose delayed marriage, etc...Also, fails to teach any form of protection should a person decide to become sexually active at any age...Dangerous.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:15 PM  

  • From the article: "We've known for some time that abstinence-only is bad science, bad policy, and a blatant violation of medical ethics and basic human rights," said James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth, in a statement.

    Not only is this statement ludicrous, it is factually incorrect.

    By Blogger HeavyHanded, at 6:00 PM  

  • "Not only is this statement ludicrous, it is factually incorrect."

    In what way is this statement factually incorrect? Have you had a chance lately to look over the curricula for abstinence-only programs? When the AMA, APA, and a large list of other medical organizations suggest that abstinence-only education is failing to educate, and that most supporters of ab-only are reliously affiliated, doesn't that raise your eyebrows as to the intended objectives of the providers? Teaching kids that their relationship with Jesus is strengthened through abstinence has no place in the public schools.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:47 AM  

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