EDIT - Holy shit.
One Texas public school district’s sex ed handout is entitled “Things to Look for in a Mate:”
I. How they relate to God
A. Is Jesus their first love?
B. Trying to impress people or serve God?
Another public school district uses this:
Question: “What does the Bible say about sex before marriage/premarital sex?”
Answer: Along with all other kinds of sexual immorality, sex before marriage/premarital sex is repeatedly condemned in Scripture (Acts 15:20; Romans 1:29; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:13,18; 7:2; 10:8; 2 Corinthians 12:21; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 5:3; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Jude 7).
If you don’t feel like getting pissed off today, don’t read this article.
By 2009, 94 percent of Texas schools, which at the time were educating more than 3.7 million students, were giving no sex ed whatsoever beyond “abstinence only,” a curriculum that includes emphasizing that birth control doesn’t work. Instead of providing fact-based information, the programs use fear and Jesus — over-emphasizing the risks of sexually transmitted diseases leading to cervical cancer, radical hysterectomy and death, together with Christian morality.
I’m Christian. Catholic, even, but this is ridiculous. MATTERS OF THE CHURCH AND MATTERS OF THE STATE ARE SEPARATE AND SHOULD BE KEPT AS SUCH. As much as I hold firm to the belief that abstinence is a good choice for ME, it’s not a good choice for the majority. As such, the state should cater to the majority and teach safe sex. In fact, they should teach a combination of safe sex and abstinence education. Why is this such a radical idea? It would cater to everyone. Times are changing, yall (Rick Perry and associates), and we need to adjust.
^ This is exactly the way I thought when I identified as Catholic. I mean, I still do I guess just minus the Catholic and me wanting to be abstinent part. I always called myself a buffet Catholic because I thought it was ridiculous that the church didn’t want us to use birth control. In my Catholic school upbringing, we had better sex education than secular public schools too! We were not taught abstinence only. It was really pushed on us, but they understood that they have to teach us how to be safe if we do have sex. It’s kind of ironic that in my Catholic school environment, I was taught these things but if I had gone to the public school I was zoned for, I probably would not have been.
It just seems so obvious… If you don’t teach a person how not to get pregnant, how will they every avoid it? Telling people that the only way not to drown is to never go in the sea is a lot less likely to prevent people drowning than, oh, say, teaching them to swim.
This has to be in those Northern middle of nowhere schools.