I’m wary any time some group claims to be "for truth." So when I came across the Parents for Truth website I was expecting the worst.
I wasn’t disappointed.
This organization’s mission is to "expose" comprehensive sex education. How do I know this? Well the huge message on the homepage saying, "Comprehensive sex ed exposed. Watch this video" was one clue.
The video itself was another.
The video starts with a working mom coming home to find her teenage daughter doing homework at the kitchen table. The phone rings and the mom picks it up. The woman on the other end says, "The school brought in a sex ed presenter into my health class. I’m really upset about the material. This is insane."
"What are you talking about?" The mom asks. "I thought the plan was to teach abstinence and give some information about contraception."
"Yeah," says the teacher, "that’s what they claimed the program would teach. But if you actually look at the materials this program hardly even mentions abstinence. Instead it assumes kids are going to have sex and actually encourages sexual activity…The truth is, it’s more like a ‘how to’ sex manual!
Listen to this. Showering together is a green light activity. On another page. Hide condoms on your body and ask your partner to find them… And it gets worse. I’m embarrassed to even read you some of the things in here."
The mom hangs up the phone and decides to confront her daughter. "Jen, did they tell you at school today that it’s okay to take a shower with a boy?"
"Yeah," says Jen.
"Are you sure?" her mom asks again.
"Yeah," Jen mumbles.
Then the mom thinks to herself, "This is what they call comprehensive sex education? They’re teaching my kid how to have sex."
The video ends with a voice-over ominously warning parents, "Organized efforts are being made in every state to get this comprehensive sex education into your school Don’t be mislead by what these programs actually teach."
At the end of the video the viewer is advised that the shocking statements are from a real curriculum called Be Proud. Be Responsible.
No mention is made of the fact that we heard only TWO sentences from Be Proud. Be Responsible.
We are simply supposed to beleive the actors who tell us that this, like other comprehensive curricula, is indeed a sex manual.
Let me tell you, it’s not.
You can take anything out of context and claim that it’s saying, well, just about anything.
If I took some sentences randomly out of abstinence-only materials, and said they were from a sex manual for teens, you might also believe me.
Here’s an example from an abstinence-only program called Choosing the Best:"Here are condoms so that you can have sex with lots of partners and postpone getting pregnant and getting AIDS."
This is a statement found in the Choosing the Best abstinence educators guide that in its original context was intended to mock comprehensive sex eduction. But there is no way you’d know that unless I told you, just like we have no idea how the "green light" activities from Be Proud. Be Responsible. are actually presented in that curriculum.
People who hate sex ed will do just about anything to prevent teens from hearing the actual truth and not some skewed version of it. But this video is real low blow for their cause.
Check out the video and the site and let me know what you think. Have any of your parents encountered it?
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