Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Sex ed and faith

So, the AMA has shown that abstinence-only sex ed does not work, and have stated that public monies should be used on programs that are "evidence-based". Shouldn't that be common sense in a country that has separation of church and state? Of course, this puts the AMA at odds with the Bush administration, and the Christian right, who want to continue to fund failing programs, just because those programs teach their morality. Screw facts or effectiveness, we need to indoctrinate these kids with our distaste and hang-ups about sex. Who cares if the information in these abstinence programs is wrong, or if along with abstinence, they promote social arrangements and sexist stereotypes? As long as kids know that sex is wrong, deadly, and will ruin your life (unless done in a marriage, missionary-style, for procreation), who cares about facts.

This reminds me of the case of the girl who tried to have her birth control prescription refilled, and was refused by the pharmacist because she wasn't married. If you want to moralize, become a preacher, not a fucking pharmacist! I wonder if said pharmacist would refuse to fill a prescription for herpes medicine? You know, if the herpes victim hadn't been screwing around, they wouldn't have gotten herpes, they should suffer.

As a society, we really need to draw lines between faith, science and education.


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