Sex ed pushes ever forward
“Second, destroy the residual influence of tradition and religion.” Old “ascetic ideals” cause needless pain and misery and should be thrown out.
“Third , make everything relative by recasting the traditional as the abnormal.” Except for a taboo on incest, there aren’t any universal sex codes for humans. In fact, by historical standards, Western society’s obsession with premarital chastity is “deviant.”
“Fourth, declare religious opinion unacceptable in any public moral debate, allowing only science to take part.” Religious prejudices and irrational fears have no place in serious sex pol- icy discussions.
“Fifth, advocate choice.” Youths should be exposed to many patterns of sexual health, and then educated about making intelligent choices and protecting their health.
“Sixth, advance the ‘contraceptive’ solution as the sole answer to our social problem.” The new moral order understands the essential value of birth control.
“Finally, seize control of the schools and begin indoctrination of the young in the ‘new’ code.”
These rules for sexual revolution were written 20 years ago by historian Allan C. Carlson, in his book, “Family Questions.”
Mr. Carlson is a conservative who upholds marriage and the natural family, so his list is a warning, not a call to arms. But read his conclusion, which I think still describes us.
“The United States is a nation divided between two moralities,” Mr. Carlson wrote. “Unlike Europe, the great leap to the new morality of sexual freedom fell short” in America. This is because supporters of the “old” morality “were numerous enough and organized quickly enough to deny the advocates of change a full victory.”
But this has left U.S. teenagers “suspended” between two moral codes that are fighting for dominance — and necessarily undermine each other, he wrote.
This historical logjam may be broken at last this summer — in favor of the “new” moral code.
The political stars are finally aligned for sex education proponents. They have isolated the much-loathed Title V abstinence-education grant program, and all they have to do is get Congress to sit on its hands when the program expires June 30.
That would mean one abstinence program down, two to go.
Cheryl Wetzstein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.