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From: Mission America <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 14:55:43 -0500
Subject: How Young is Too Young?
How Young Is Too Young?
July 10, 2004
I think she still holds it against me. As a teen today, it's absolutely
ludicrous to think that my niece Katie needs to hold my hand while
crossing the street.
But way back when, when Katie was just three, our battle of wills
produced fierce tears. On a shopping trip, I her aunt, was entrusted
with her safety. All was going well.until the moment I grabbed Katie's
hand before we crossed the busy parking lot in front of the store.
Katie, jerked her hand away from me. Hearing a car's motor on the left,
I reached out to catch her hand again. It took us a full minute to
establish that she was going to hold my hand as we crossed the street.
And, if today she still holds it against me, I must confess.I'm not sorry
for insisting on winning the battle.
Life is like that. One minute we're too young to be entrusted with a
task. And then we aren't.
Life is like that. One minute we're held back. And then, crossing the
line in the sand, we are suddenly old enough to be trusted with new
responsibilities. It's a simple principle. And yet, it's a principle
some want us to ignore in the most significant area of life for American
Today, we are embroiled in a national debate about how to handle sexual
behavior related to teens and adolescents. In a surprising upheaval of
logic, there are "sexperts" who cannot find any line in the sand at all
to dictate a time when sex is absolutely, unequivocally and irrevocably
inappropriate for young people.
Instead, these "sexperts" have declared this the "Age of Consent." If
you can get or give consent, then you are old enough to have sex.
Ignoring the health implications for teens who are sexually active, these
"sexperts" wag their fingers in the face of abstinence educators,
rejecting any attempt to set a line in the sand. Who is "ready" for sex,
you ask? Anyone who "consents" to have sex, they answer.
Embracing the philosophy of Kinsey, all sex is good sex.if you can dream
it up, if you can manage to perform it, and if it is consensual.then it
is good sex.
Like all ideas, pushing to the extreme, we eventually must come to terms
with the insanity of insane ideas. Consider the case of the North
American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA). According to Wikipedia, it
is "a New York City and San Francisco-based unincorporated organization
that opposes the use of age as the sole criterion for deciding whether
minors can legally engage in sexual relations.
"NAMBLA defends what it asserts to be the right of minors to explore
their sexuality on a much freer basis. It has resolved to 'end the
oppression of men and boys who have freely chosen mutually consenting
Checking out the NAMBLA website, disturbing evidence exists of adults
promoting sex between grown men and young boys. You can order a newly
revised copy of Boys Speak Out on Man/Boy Love, promoted with a picture
of a grown man dancing with a boy barely taller than his elbows.
Chapters include "It Shouldn't Be a Crime to Make Love," written by
Bryan, age twelve and a half. An interview with Thijs, age eleven,
declares "I'm Not Going To Be Kept Away from Him." How about it,
"Sexperts?" Is consent considered justification for this type of
Or what about a 2002 book written by Judith Levine, Harmful to Minors:
The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex? Widely promoted as a book to
challenge "widespread anxieties" about pedophilia, Ms. Levine was toasted
by national media and given every opportunity to convince Americans that
science supports positive benefits for sex between adults and children.
Publisher University of Minnesota Press called Levine's book "a radical,
refreshing, and long overdue reassessment of how we think and act about
children's and teens' sexuality." James Kincaid, author of "Erotic
Innocence: The Culture of Child Molesting," called it "a crusading book
that is also kind, a very rare phenomenon, and it comes down always on
the side of trusting not only our kids and their pleasures but our own."
Taking up the banner of "consensual sex," most recently the Journal of
Adolescent Health stated that "...there are no scientific data suggesting
that consensual sex between adolescents is harmful." Seeking to justify
their assertion, they pointed to the "many positive mental health
consequences" of adolescent sex.
Finally, and most sadly, the Centers of Disease Control has now joined in
the chorus of "sexperts" protecting sex for adolescents. At their 2006
National STD Prevention Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, the CDC had
a chance to draw a line in the sand. And they failed.
At the CDC conference, standing before a crowd of national experts on
STDs, Dr. Patricia Sulak sought to find common ground between the
"sexperts" and abstinence educators. Surely, she challenged them, we can
agree on this one thing. Can't we agree on an age too young for sex?
NO! the room erupted in unison. After all, this is the age of consent.
If sex is consensual, that's good enough for them. If you are wondering
what the CDC has to say about this.so am I.
How about it, CDC? How young is too young when it comes to children and
Copyright © 2006 Jane Jimenez
July 11, 2005 Medically Accurate Cowards
November 19, 2004 Kinsey: Brave New World?
See our Risk Audit, assessing schools on homosexuality
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