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Sex Ed -- & the Consequences of Christians losing their
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[COMMENT:  The following articles are probably quite accurate about the state of affairs.  But they do little if anything to deal with the real problem, the failure of the Christian community, the Church, to make any difference to anything at all. 

Nothing will change  until Christians, supposedly the people of God, repent of their betrayal all across the board, and get obedient to what God is doing among us.     E. Fox]

From a reader -

Brent Bozell has a new column (scroll down) exposing a new HBO show which pushes the envelope even further and shows a couple explicitly engaged in mutual m-----------.  I immediately thought of the "advice" given by former CEO of SIECUS Debra Haffner, who has left since left SIECUS and is now an ordained clergyman in the Unitarian church.  Haffner recently appeared on the O'Reilly Factor in support of Obama's advocacy of comprehensivesex ed for kindergartners.  She is currently the Director, Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice and Healing (www.religiousinstitute.org).  Since the 1980's, Haffner has preached "mutual m----------- and oral sex" for kids as methods of "safe sex."   "

With that in mind, please read what Phyllis Schlafly wrote in her Oct 1999 Report:

The Consequences of Sex Education

The Washington Post shook up its readers on July 9 with a front-page news story about sex practices in an affluent Virginia middle school. The school principal notified the parents that 13- and 14-year-olds were getting together for sexual activity in local parks, in one another's homes, and even inside the school and on the school bus. 

{Betty comments: A similar situation resulted in an STD epidemic in a community outside Atlanta and was the subject of a PBS documentary about a decade ago.  Since I have been on the state school board, parents, teachers and school counselors have told me of oral sex occuring among Alabama children on school buses, in dark auditoriums, in hallways and bathrooms, under bleachers during ballgames, and even in a computer lab in my state school board district.  In the late 1990's, the majority of the state textbook committee approved some health books which advocated "mutual masturbation as a safe sex practice" but the books were rejected by the Alabama State School Board after some women testifed against the textbooks during the public comment period.  That meeting was the first I attended, little knowing that a decade later I would be on the state school board.}

What the kids were doing isn't fit to be described here, but you can figure it out from the comment of one of the girls. "What's the big deal?" she said, "President Clinton did it."

Is this Bill Clinton's legacy? Has he become a role-model for young teen immorality? And has he coarsened our culture so much that we have to talk about it?

There are many surprising nuggets in this front-page story. For starters, the Post admitted that this "news" was a year old. Why did it take a year to find its way into print?

Other shockers in the Post story include the age of the children (13 and 14), the fact that they were A and B students from upper-income homes, their totally casual attitude toward sex among classmates, their lack of shame at being caught, their exhibitionism about sex, and the way the girls pursued the boys to "hook up."

It's clear from the Post's interviews with the students that these youngsters have bought into the notion that the only sex that is wrong is the kind that produces a live baby. Indeed, that is the sex-ed message taught in most public schools and advocated by SIECUS (Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States) and Planned Parenthood.

For example, in the September/October 1988 SIECUS Report, SIECUS president Debra Haffner's article, called "Safe Sex and Teens," includes this instruction. "We should teach teens about oral sex and mutual masturbation in order to help them delay the onset of sexual intercourse and its resulting consequences."

SIECUS guidelines for sex education in schools include the following. Beginning at age 5, teaching that masturbation feels good; starting at age 9, teaching there are many ways to give and receive sexual pleasure without having intercourse; at age 12, more on the joys of masturbation alone or with a partner, as an alternative to intercourse; and at age 16, common sexual behaviors including use of pornography, bathing/showering together, and oral, vaginal or anal intercourse.

On CNN's Crossfire on May 8, 1997, Ms. Haffner summed up SIECUS's philosophy like this. "The average age of marriage is between 25 and 27 now. It is completely unrealistic . . . to say to young people, you need 13, 14 years of sexual unemployment." "Unemployment"? Another shocker in the Washington Post news story was that some mid dle school students were soliciting for "oral sex as a way to make money."

When SIECUS celebrated its 35th anniversary earlier this year, it invited visitors to its website to vote for ten out of a list of 100 persons whom SIECUS believes have "brought about a positive change in the way America thinks and talks about sexuality issues." The top ten were Judy Blume, Mary Calderone (SIECUS co-founder), Ellen DeGeneres, Joycelyn Elders, Hugh Hefner, Anita Hill, Magic Johnson, Madonna, Gloria Steinem, and Ruth Westheimer.

That list makes the "educational" bias of SIECUS's materials obvious. No wonder SIECUS is such a fierce opponent of abstinence-until-marriage courses in the schools.

Planned Parenthood has an active website specifically for youngsters (www.teenwire.com), which contains a lot of provocative sex chatter that teens can use as "how to" information. The website creatively redefines such words as sex, virginity and abstinence, and encourages teens to engage in "outercourse."

The public schools have given us 25 years of SIECUS/Planned Parenthood-style "comprehensive education about sexuality." The results are rampant immorality, illegitimacy, abortions, venereal diseases, infertility, and teenage emotional trauma that often follows them through their entire life.

Now we find that half of all infants born to girls younger than age 18 are fathered by adult men. There's an ugly word for that: statutory rape.

Why isn't this crime prosecuted? Pregnancy in underage unmarried girls is obvious evidence of possible sexual abuse. The possibility of that crime should be routinely investigated every time a pregnant adolescent girl comes into a clinic.

Medical professionals are obligated under law to report suspected sexual abuse of minors, with the precise legal requirements varying by state. Almost every state imposes prison or fines on those who intentionally fail to report, and these mandatory reporting laws usually supersede the privilege of confidential patient-physician communications. Yet, these laws are routinely ignored. Surveys indicate that youth service providers are ambivalent about reporting relationships between young teen girls and their adult boyfriends.

When are parents going to start keeping track of where their children are at all times? And demanding that classroom sex ed teach abstinence-until-marriage as the expected behavior instead of "comprehensive" immorality? And insisting that the laws against sexual abuse of minors and statutory rape be enforced?

Now flash forward to Brent Bozell's July 20, 2007 column about HBO's new TV series. Some things never change--The Rev. Ms. Haffner is still encouraging "comprehensive sex ed" and Mrs. Phyllis Schlafly still advocating premarital sexual abstinence and purity.

The Latest Shock and Awe
By Brent Bozell III
Friday, July 20, 2007

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The annual summer Hollywood talkathon known as the Television Critics Association tour goes on for three weeks. The nation's TV critics being demanding apostles for "edginess" in programming, their tour offers an eye-opening preview of how TV producers are eternally seeking to smash through the next frontier of sex and violence for the latest brief moment of shock and awe.

HBO, long honored as the leading grenade-launcher in TV's culture wars, is now lowering itself into pornography in a show called "Tell Me You Love Me." The series deals with the personal relationships and sex lives of four committed couples -- in their 20s, 30s, 40s and even in their 60s. Jane Alexander, the actress whose prominent recent role was serving as head of the National Endowment for the Arts under Bill Clinton, plays the therapist for the younger couple and doubles as half of the 60-something couple in the graphic sex scenes.

Chris Albrecht, Chairman & CEO of HBO, speaks during a session at the Cable Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California, in this July 12, 2006 file photo. Albrecht , who was forced to resign from his position after being charged with battery on his girlfriend, received a six month suspended sentence May 11, 2007 and paid a $1,000 fine in the case. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello/Files (UNITED STATES)

How jarring is the sex going to be? Washington Post TV critic Lisa DeMoraes praised the first episode for its "tour de force masturbation performance in the opening scene." In the Los Angeles Times, Scott Collins described the ending of that episode: "the climax, if you will, of the first episode finds a woman in her 30s masturbating her husband to orgasm, with the entire act and all relevant body parts plainly visible."

When critics asked if the sex scenes were faked or real, actress Michelle Borth became suddenly defensive. "We are not porn stars. We're actors," she harrumphed. It's the tired line of the avant-garde elites: It's not pornography, it's "art." But even if the sex is simulated, the HBO actors' drawn-out graphic scenes of bed-pounding action serve only one purpose: to arouse the viewer. These actors are porn stars.

Even if this show has no cheesy synthesizer music or laughably wooden acting, and characters achieve new heights of romantic devotion through the insights of their therapist, the art-film interludes between the sex scenes are still likely to be fast-forwarded through by the TiVo-watchers at home, just like the clothed scenes in less-than-artsy pornographic films are skipped.

The emergence of this show demonstrates that the pornification of "mainstream" television is continuing unabated. But this is worse, because HBO is lionized by Tinseltown's "creative community" and brings cultural heft to the new trend, winning Emmys and Golden Globes for those "tour de force" autoerotic scenes. And it won't be limited to HBO. The new frontiers in television usually first emerge on pay cable, then work their way into regular cable and then into broadcast television. So the question becomes: How many years will it be until masturbation with full-frontal nudity airs on CBS?

Another urgent pioneer of edginess is Ryan Murphy of FX's gross-out plastic-surgery series "Nip/Tuck." This HBO show must make him feel like they're stealing his thunder. He proclaimed to the critics that he has the most sexual show on television, and he thrives on being copied by everyone else. One can only imagine what he'll try next. Murphy has no aspiration to impress with his gentle touch toward intimacy. He's the guy who boasted he'll be the first to show rear-entry sex on screen.

But like the HBO actress denying the pornographic nature of her work, Murphy denies the essence of his show -- gruesome gore and tawdry sex. "We've always been upfront about it, and we try not to be gratuitous about it." This is the show where a man stitches a bunch of dead female body parts to his sister's head so he can have sex with the corpse. But Murphy "tries not to be gratuitous" about it?

Murphy told critics he never pays any attention to parental groups protesting the show. "I never think about that when you write the scripts or you'd never get anything done."

Actor Julian McMahon, who plays the super-sleaziest surgeon on "Nip/Tuck," does think about these things, apparently. "I don't think the show is kinky enough," he stated, suggesting that the two male surgeon lead characters need to have a steamy shower scene together. "I just want to push things even further," McMahon insisted. This, from the man playing a character whose typical night at the office on FX includes being in the middle of a mother-daughter threesome.

Hollywood is showing all the subtlety of an out-of-control bulldozer in a china shop. The summer preview for critics is a very disturbing leading indicator of the tsunami of smut washing in for the fall season premieres.

Lecturer, syndicated columnist, television commentator, debater, marketer, busines sman, author, publisher and activist, L. Brent Bozell III, 51, is one of the most outspoken and effective national leaders in the conservative movement today.

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