Abstinence and Creationism

by beagooddad on March 16, 2009

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Sometimes when I spend too much time in the car listening to talk radio, my mind wanders more than it should.

For instance, I was thinking about sex ed in schools the other day based on the topic of some radio show where angry people were yelling angrily.

There are a lot of people out there that want abstinence and abstinence only taught in their sex ed classes. My personal opinion on that is kind of irrelevant for this post.

We all know that there are other options out there that people are going to pursue besides or in addition to abstinence. Condoms and birth control pills being a couple of the very common ones.

So we have a few different theories on the best way to teach sex ed but there is a very loud, very large group of the country that only wants abstinence taught despite the other opinions.

Then we have creationism. Again, for the purposes of this post, my opinions on creationism as a science are irrelevant. We all know that their are other theories out there. Big Bang/Evolution being the most common.

Here’s my question of the day, why does it seem that so many of the people that want abstinence only sex ed are so set on having creationism taught as an alternative theory in science.

Shouldn’t they either fight for abstinence only and creationism only or abstinence and other alternatives and creationism and other alternatives?

That’s it for today.

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Rob March 16, 2009 at 2:05 pm

I’m guessing because they think they have a chance at getting only abstinence taught in school, but it’s incredibly unlikely they’ll ever be able to get evolution dropped entirely from a curriculum. It’s just a survival thing, I guess.

Trying to find a logical reasoning behind the actions of someone pushing for creationism and abstinence is only going to leave you with a headache…

Trevor March 17, 2009 at 2:01 am

Brilliant write-up about the Creation Museum <a href=”http://whatever.scalzi.com/2007/11/12/your-creation-museum-report/”here for anyone who’s interested.

Trevor March 17, 2009 at 2:06 am

Oops. Messed up my link. I’ll try again:

Brilliant write-up about the Creation Museum here for anyone who’s interested.

ProudFather March 17, 2009 at 10:22 am

I think there is an entire movement for both being pushed aggressively from the same Right wing groups. The thing I don’t understand about abstinence only sex-ed is you’re teaching then how NOT to do something?

The moral values of abstinence are perfectly compatible with home and church teachings, why not leave it there?


PS. Great blog, can’t believe I just found it.

strugglingwriter March 18, 2009 at 7:29 am

Stop listening to righ-wing talk radio. It will make your head explode. At least that’s what it does to mine. I’d probably be dead right now from listening to Hannity’s show if I didn’t get XM Radio.

Anyhow, Rob’s answer to your question is probably the right one.

beagooddad March 18, 2009 at 9:17 am

I actually listen to both left and right wing radio. There really isn’t that much of a difference in their approach unfortunately.

Amanda March 23, 2009 at 6:26 pm

I am in favor of both abstinence and creationism being taught in education – not exclusively but equally to all of the other methods and theories being taught. I think that is the fair way to handle it.

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