Sex ed pushes ever for­ward

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CH­ERYL WETZSTEIN

ral­is­tic so­ci­ety.

“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 cwet­zstein@wash­ing­ton­times.com.

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