Here’s something you should know: if John McCain is elected president, you sure won’t be getting any more sex ed. In fact, it’s likely that the recent decline in the number of states funding abstinence-only- until-marriage education will be just a fond memory.
In a McCain administration, we can pretty much guarantee more money will be pumped into these faulty programs. That’s because, like many republicans, McCain is an abstinence-only booster. His campaign is also trying to make comprehensive sex education sound like something dirty.
Take his latest ad. In it, he attacks his opponent, Barack Obama, for supporting comprehensive sex ed for five-year-olds.
The ad shows a still photo of Obama and says, "Learning about sex before learning to read?” It then implies that the only accomplishment Obama has had in education was to encourage an inappropriate style of sex ed for kindergarteners.
But as the New York Times explained the ad is based on lies. First off, the bill, which wasn’t even sponsored by Obama, never passed.
Additionally the paper reports,
"In referring to the sex-education bill, the McCain campaign is largely recycling old and discredited accusations made against Mr. Obama by Alan Keyes in their 2004 Senate race. At that time, Mr. Obama stated that he understood the main objective of the legislation, as it pertained to kindergarteners, to be to teach them how to defend themselves against sexual predators.
It is a misstatement of the bill’s purpose, therefore, to maintain, as the McCain campaign advertisement does, that Mr. Obama favored conventional sex education as a policy for 5-year-olds. Under the Illinois proposal, ‘medically accurate’ education about more complicated topics, including intercourse, contraception and homosexuality, would have been reserved for older students in higher grades."
We all know politics can get nasty but sadly, some Americans are so freaked out by the subject of kids and sex, that an ad like this might actually sway some voters!
What do you think of McCain’s attacks on sex ed and on Obama’s position on the matter?