In the early days of the sex ed debate, traditionalists would challenge the new schoolers with the question, “How young is too young to begin teaching kids about sex? 13? 12?” The very notion that kids so young should be exposed to sex was considered outrageous and extreme. They never did get an answer. To be fair though, the question was only rhetorical. But it was also scarily prophetic.
(CNSNews.com) — A new report from the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) says comprehensive sex education should be provided to children as young as 10 years old but abstinence-based sex education as promoted by religious groups, such as the Catholic Church and Islamic schools, is ineffective and should not be utilized.
“Young people have the right to be fully informed about sexuality and to have access to contraceptives and other services,” said Bert Koenders, minister for Development Cooperation for the Netherlands government, in the foreword to the report, “Stand & Deliver: Sex, Health and Young People in the 21st Century.”
“These rights are enshrined in various internationally agreed human rights conventions and treaties, but — unfortunately — they are still not universally respected,” wrote Koenders. The report says, “Culture, religion and traditions are some of the biggest obstacles in implementing sexual and reproductive health programmes for young people.”
“Currently, many religious teachings deny the pleasurable and positive aspects of sex and limited guidelines for sexual education often focus on abstinence before marriage (although evidence shows this strategy has been ineffective in many settings),” claims the IPPF. “The reality is, young people are sexual beings and many of them are religious as well. There is a need for pragmatism, to address life as it is and not as it might be in an ideal world.”
“The entire program is based on a faulty assumption,” said Donohue. “IPPF says that, ‘The taboo on youth sexuality is one of the key forces driving the AIDS epidemic and high rates of teenage pregnancy and maternal mortality.’ Nonsense. In the 1950s, there was no sex education in the schools, the pill was not commercially available and AIDS didn’t exist. Yet the out-of-wedlock birth rate was comparatively miniscule and sexually transmitted diseases were relatively rare. All because of taboos.”
Ok, we get it. Secular progressives are kooks and perverts on a crusade to redefine what’s normal (or destroy “normal” altogether). It’s an upside down world we now live in, gentler readers; where the culture infantilizes adults and sexualizes our children. Read the rest, here.