2007 07 18
There are just so many gems in this NYT piece on abstinence-only education. But this takes the cake:
In northeastern Texas, advocates of abstinence education vow to fight for their mission because to them, it is not just a matter of sexuality or even public health. Getting a teenager to the other side of high school without viruses or babies is a bonus, but not the real goal. They see casual sex as toxic to future marriage, family and even, in an oblique way, opposition to abortion.
â€œYou have to look at why sex was created,â€ Eric Love, the director of the East Texas Abstinence Program, which runs Virginity Rules, said one day, the sounds of Christian contemporary music humming faintly in his Longview office. â€œSex was designed to bond two people together.â€
To make the point, Mr. Love grabbed a tape dispenser and snapped off two fresh pieces. He slapped them to his filing cabinet and the floor; they trapped dirt, lint, a small metal bolt. â€œNow when it comes time for them to get married, the marriage pulls apart so easily,â€ he said, trying to unite the grimy strips. â€œWhy? Because they gave the stickiness away.â€
Tune in next week when Mr. Love uses a straightened paper clip to show that curing homosexuality is as easy as a trip to Office Max.
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