Stop the presses!!! Here is a new headline classic for ending this year "Many Teens Don't Keep Virginity Pledges" Wow, so the abstinence only education plan and the virginity pledges promoted so robustly by the whacko religious right doesn't work. Big surprise there. I think maybe one of my most favorite quotes in this little news piece is one by Janet E. Rosenbaum; for those of you who do not know, she is the lady who ran the study that revealed this little shocker. She said, "Strikingly, pledgers are less likely than similar non-pledgers to use condoms and also less likely to use any form of birth control."
Got that boys and girls? The vaunted virginity pledgers are even less likely than their heathen counterparts to use any form of birth control! For me that ranks right up there with the Promise Keepers. Remember them, the group that REQUIRES women to submit to their husbands? If you like, go here Promise Keepers Myth and Fact, to read a woman's take on them. Those guys are just as dangerous as the morons who think teaching abstinence only is effective.
I have long been an advocate of sensible sex education for children starting in middle school. I agree with Planned Parenthood in that sex education teaches children the facts and better prepares them for the realities of life. I love the uber-right whackos out there who denounce this by saying it will encourage kids to have sex. Here's a news flash for you, teens are having sex!!! Better to educate them on how to protect themselves than keep them in the dark about sex, believing that just telling them not to do it will suffice.
And just for good measure, let's pay a visit to a staunch advocate of abstinence only education, Sarah Palin. Seems her TEEN-AGE daughter just gave birth! Ok, so she is 18 now; she was 17 when she became pregnant and while there is nothing that says she took a virginity pledge, it is not a big stretch of the imagination that whacko Palin's daughter made one. The best part of this is conservatives PRAISED them for keeping the baby...not even a word about the unprotected sex her daughter was having as a teenage minor!
Here again, we see the hypocrisy and idiocy of the religious right and the conservative movement. They bury their heads in the sand about teen sex, espouse the belief that women are inferior and must submit, oppose common sense sex education, birth control and abortion yet they blame the liberal left for teens having sex. Is anybody else scratching their heads here? Personally I think the Religious Right is an organization of half-educated doofi clinging to a book of fairy tales and their own warped views trying to force everyone else to see it their way; kind of like another extreme religious organization...I think you know who I am talking about...praise Allah.