Monday, January 19, 2009

Public Schools and Sex Education

I noticed an article on the Fox News website, “Critics Push to End Abstinence - Only Sex Education”. I should point out the difference between a general course of study which would include basic health issues young people should be made aware of, to include nutrition, the facts of life and cleanliness with the teaching of morality issues, something the public school system has done without for quite some time.

“Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of American, depicted the federal abstinence-only program as ‘an utter failure that has wasted more than $1.5 billion” over the past decade. Like other critics, she noted that several major studies — including a federally funded review — have found no evidence that the abstinence-only approach works in deterring teen sex.”

As a tax payer the idea of wasting money on public schools bothers me; end the waste and privatize the education of our young people. Perhaps the spirit of competition by those attempting to lure “customers” might provide a much needed improvement on the end product; surely statistics would prove the current system is a total failure. I don’t see ending public schools as viable, it having become the master rather than the servant of the people, and so the best I can hope for is to minimize some of the wasteful spending.

If we left it up to the public schools to teach morality, which would include sex education, our young people would have a one way ticket to “outer darkness”, a sense of immediate self gratification being the goal with little if any concern for consequences other than socially transmitted diseases. Our society has found cures for many of the consequences “free expression of sexual desires” brings, drugs for herpes and abortion for unwanted pregnancies top the list.
The teaching of eternal consequences for sexual relations cannot be found in public schools due to the establishment of Political Correctness and the separation of church and state. Teachers are not permitted to reference the Bible or any other religious doctrine, relying instead on the state issued text books which, for the most part, have been written by the godless left leaning liberal minded intellectuals who are not dependant on the crutches of religion.

“... The biggest divide between so-called intellectuals and everybody else is on religion. They are indifferent to or very hostile toward religions. It is perfectly clear and has been spelled out in Philip Hamburger’s book Separation of Church and State. There is no possible ground for this wall of separation, but the court moves ahead obliterating religion from the public square.. Religion accounts for civility and self-restraint in our society, which is vanishing as religion has been marginalized and pushed to the sidelines of the debate. The Supreme Court has played a large role in doing this.” (Robert Bork, an interview posted in the Meridian Magazine, The Court and the Cultural War .)

Our society has declared there are no incorrect decisions, there are only choices made which might be diverse, but never incorrect; freedom of expression is guaranteed to all. What a load of horse hockey! If you buy into that line of thought then you may as well throw away the founding documents upon which our Founders scratched down the most noble thoughts ever to be penned in the history of the world. The rights which we enjoy here in America have been attributed to our Creator, not the government which is the result of our desires to be a free people working with the other nations of this corrupted world. The Author of Liberty , has provided us with a refined set of living conditions, all of which have consequences.

“There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—
And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:20,21)

The opposite would also be true; when we chose to ignore the laws set down by God, we reap the consequences in equal proportion. In the case of sexual freedom, the consequences are many; sexually transmitted disease, unwanted pregnancies, loss of self worth to name a few.

Cecile Richards stated, there was “no evidence that the abstinence-only approach works in deterring teen sex.” That is probably a true statement; however, abstinence is a sure fire way to eliminate the consequences of improper sexual relations; completely and without spending a nickel of the taxpayers money. The teaching of God’s laws and expectations are the responsibility of parents and, equally responsible are the young people being offered these lessons. Handing over such responsibilities to the public schools is similar to handing the keys to the bank to Senators and Congressmen; with similar results, I might add.

Funding for programs which fall into the area of responsibility of the family, both parent and child, are a waste of money and violates the trust which has been placed on our government representatives to carefully and wisely distribute from public taxes money.

“The people have delegated to Congress, by the Constitution, the power to do certain things. To do these, it is authorized to collect and pay moneys, and for nothing else. Everything beyond this is usurpation, and a violation of the Constitution.” ( Davey Crockett , Congressman from Tennessee, also well known frontiersman.)

With all the Hope and Change headed our way, may we keep a clear understanding of the nature of our nation to be self governed, which governance requires individuals motivated and brought up in matters of self discipline. It is a matter of record that to achieve the great freedoms afforded us by our Creator much is expected; when we neglect our responsibilities and disobey the laws of God, He is no longer bound to afford us His blessings.

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