Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Just Say Don't Know -- It's Time to End The Federal Abstinence Only Program

Yesterday, the Texas Freedom Network released "Just Say Don't Know," a study of sex education in public schools in Texas. In 2007, Texas spent $18 million on abstinence only until marriage programs.

You must read this study and view the videos at their web site. TFN has documented that 96% of the public schools in Texas don't teach about pregnancy and disease prevention, and 41% include inaccurate information in their programs.

The report also documented that some schools are including overtly Christian materials in their public school classes, clearly a violation of the law. Here's an excerpt:

Consider a handout used by one district entitled: “Things to look for in a mate.”

How they relate to God
A. Is Jesus their first love?
B. Trying to impress people or serve God?

Another district turned over a series of what appear to be student handouts that lay out a scriptural case for abstinence from sexual activity.

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).

These programs are hurting the young people of Texas -- and young people throughout America. Nearly 1.5 billion federal dollars have gone to abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.

Last night, President Obama said his staff is scouring the 2009 budget to remove "wasteful and ineffective" programs. He could start with the three federal abstinence-only programs. They don't work -- and they deny young people life-saving information. That's not only wasteful, it's immoral.

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