Thursday, May 18, 2006
Let's talk about sex.
Good news! Abstinence-only sex education works!
Well, it doesn't really work, but the good news is, people believe it works. That, at least, is the big story in the Washington Times.
And if you close your eyes and wish real hard, things will be better in Iraq, too.
Here's what had the Moonie-owned paper in a swoon of self-congratulation:
"Critics of abstinence-only sex-education programs may be too hasty in judgment. There is support for the method among age groups that count -- the young. According to a new Harris Poll, 56 percent of people ages 18 to 24, and 60 percent of those 25 to 29 think abstinence programs effectively reduce or prevent the occurrence of HIV/AIDS."
See, it doesn't matter that, according to the LA Times, 52% of teenagers who signed an abstinence pledge did the nasty within a year and, according to The American Journal of Sociology, these teens were far more likely to ride bareback when they did discover the joys of the horizontal hula. No, what matters is that people believe abstinence works, so there, you liberal sex pervs. Suck on that.
Given this impeccable logic, if I believe I can fly, I can leap from this tree. Because, according to the Times, belief trumps everything, especially those pesky scientific facts like gravity.
The Reverend Moon's minions go on to crow:
"Among six age groups and three political groups, younger respondents showed the strongest support for abstinence over safe-sex programs."
And even younger respondents professed a belief in Santa, the Tooth Fairy and George Bush's competence.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is what passes for good news on the Right. Teaching ignorance is fine, as long as you believe. Faith over facts. Hope over science.
I got something you can believe in right here: When we start teaching kids based on what we'd like to be true, you can bet someone's going to get fucked, but it won't be in a good way.