December 10th, 2004

Abstinence-only approach naive

Abstinence-only approach naive
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution [Link]

If young adults responded to scare tactics, their rate of fatal car crashes would not be twice that of other drivers. So it's alarming to find similar scare tactics, along with rampant distortions, in the abstinence-only programs now taught in many U.S. schools.

Among the bogus information documented in a review of the most widely used abstinence-only curricula: Pregnancy can result from touching, 5 percent to 10 percent of women can't become pregnant after an abortion, and condoms aren't effective in preventing sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.

Because the review was requested by a Democratic congressman who supports abortion rights, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), critics charge there's a liberal conspiracy to revive comprehensive sex education that teaches both abstinence and contraception.

"Most taxpayers would be shocked by visiting Planned Parenthood's Web site for teens to see what 'comprehensive' sex education is really all about," said Libby Gray of Project Reality, among 11 abstinence publishers admonished for misleading materials.

Most taxpayers would also be shocked to know they're paying $170 million this year alone to have millions of adolescents told that a fetus gets "24 chromosomes from the mother and 24 chromosomes from the father," as one abstinence program contends. The actual number is 23.
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Also, there is this gem from pir_anha's journal this morning:

whilst browsing today, i ran across somebody who was, i kid you not, quoting leviticus to show that we should not allow gays to marry.

i said something derogatory to the paramour, fuming about the self-serving selectivity of leviticus quoters, and was reduced to giggles by the statement that surely i had missed the part about where all the rules were optional, except for that one about gays.

of course. says so right here in leviticus 99:

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying
Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the LORD your God.
Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances,
as ye please or not, choose ye each which ones ye wish to keep:
I am the LORD your God, and it is all the same unto me.
Except for the one about faggots, that one I really mean.

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Call to prosecute over 'gay Jesus'
Source: CNN [Link]

First of all, this whole notion is rigoddamndiculous. There is no way Jesus was gay. We would never wear a belt with sandals, HELLO... Amusing story, though.

Marine 'hostage' charged with desertion
Source: CNN [Link]

Whatever, I think he's hot. Like whoa. Really. Granted, he doesn't photograph well under the circumstances, but still... RAWR! And in dressed in fatigues, on the top of it...

Bulletin: Terrorists may blind pilots with "lasers"
Source: CNN [Link]

You know wot, I've been an evil frickin' terrorist for 30 frickin' years, okeyyy? Cut me some... frickin' slack...

Halliburton's Iraq work exceeds $10B
Source: CNN Money [Link]

No comment...

Gay Activists Refuse to Bargain Away Rights
Source: Washington Post [Link]

Dozens Tell Lawmakers They're Against Any Plan to Pull Back From Fight for Equality

Canada to Move on Gay Marriage After Court Ruling
Source: Reuters [Link]

"The government believes that uniformity is absolutely essential, since we don't want the balkanization of marriage in this country," Martin told reporters. "I do not believe you can have two classes of citizens."