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March 14, 2004
The New "Just Say No"
Just read that WMD Boy is looking to double the funding to tell kids to keep their pants on; pushing abstinence-only sex education classes in schools. For those who don't realize it, that means eliminating lots of talk about devices used during sex to prevent conception, and as a side effect prevent the transmission of disease. Just say no boys and girls, God will protect you. Whacky stuff no doubt, very much in the wishful thinking category. Further proof that the current administration is deeply in the pocket of those very same pants, worn by the wacky religious right. At the same time we know that over 50% of teens have sex before they leave high school. Doesn't seem like it's a very successful program, or likely to be.
So why is there such a push? Who knows. For fun you can view this whole thing as a conspiracy on several fronts. For example:
The "girl in trouble is helped by and then becomes steadfast member of <insert neighborhood cult name here.>" The whole thing is a religious conspiracy to grow memberships. Hey it's a time honored tradition.
Keeping women down, a program promoted by the male dominated power factors. Pregnant teens rarely go on to college to learn and eventually challenge the system. Far fetched? Yeah, sure.
Spread venereal and sexually transmitted disease among frisky youth. This is the vile one. That the religious right want to make sex so universally risky that it is the equivalent of death. So not teaching about condoms actually increases the ranks of the diseased "sinners." Talk about your self-fulfilling prophesy here!
Of course we're just ranting, probably nothing of the truth in this.
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