Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Republicans, Evangelicals & Sex

I have been saying since the 1980's that the Republicans and the evangelicals "pro-life" stance is about much more than just abortions, it runs deeper than that issue, they have major problems with sex itself. The very act is something they want to limit as much as possible if not nearly eliminate except for breeding purposes. No, I am not joking.

Abortion has always been the "front" on this issue and the sexual behaviour of adults, not just teens, are the real target. That is why they are not interested in sex education because they just want you to just not have sex. Period. I have mentioned this before when talking with people about abortion and most have thought I was a little off base with this hypothesis. Or crazy.

Think this is so crazy now?

"The federal government's "no sex without marriage" message isn't just for kids anymore.

Now the government is targeting unmarried adults up to age 29 as part of its abstinence-only programs, which include millions of dollars in federal money that will be available to the states under revised federal grant guidelines for 2007.

The government says the change is a clarification. But critics say it's a clear signal of a more directed policy targeting the sexual behavior of adults.

"They've stepped over the line of common sense," said James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that supports sex education. "To be preaching abstinence when 90% of people are having sex is in essence to lose touch with reality. It's an ideological campaign. It has nothing to do with public health."

Abstinence education programs, which have focused on preteens and teens, teach that abstaining from sex is the only effective or acceptable method to prevent pregnancy or disease. They give no instruction on birth control or safe sex.

The National Center for Health Statistics says well over 90% of adults ages 20-29 have had sexual intercourse."

Read more here.

Thanks to Will Bunch for the tip.

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