TKW -- what you said above, about sin and God and the Bible, is PRECISELY why abstinence-only until marriage education does not belong in public schools. It is a religious construct, and promotes a specific religious point of view regarding sex and when it is and is not appropriate to have it. Teach your kids that point of view in the home and in your chuch or private religious school or wherever, but do not force your religious beliefs on other kids in a public school setting. Abstinence-only until marriage is not about health, or about safety, though it certainly makes some attempts to address those things. It is rather about force-feeding a Christian worldview on an entire population, out of the absurd viewpoint that only Christianity has ever gotten it correct.
I have a teen. I don't want him learning that drivel in a class that should be fact/science based. I will take care of morality in the correct time and place, which is outside his public, SECULAR classroom, and in the context of actually parenting my kid rather than expecting the school to do it.
I challenge you to have a rational discussion about abstinence-only until marriage education withouth bringing religion into it; I posit you will have a difficult time doing so, and will resort to using secularized code words for Christian concepts, which is exactly what EFL does in their so-called sex ed classes. And that is because, as I said, abstinence-only until marriage is a Christian concept in the way it is taught in the U.S.
If all your reasoning for abstience-only until marriage as a correct moral behavior goes back to biblical teachings, then you should just admit that abstience-only until marriage education is Christian and nothing else. Unless you'd like to lie and continue to say that it is not. Which, I'd say, isn't very Christian of you.
Casey, the so-called Gold Standard to which you refer is a religious one, not a medical one. If you believe that should be taught in a classroom, then you proved the point the article is attempting to make, regardless of what you think of the reporting. Morality and any teaching surrounding it, belongs in the home, as the job of the parents.
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