Friday, June 01, 2007

More Meddlesome Morons Make Me Mad

By now, everyone must know about the flap generated by the Conference on World Affairs, held in a Boulder, Colorado, high school in April. That is where some participants in the "STDs: Sex, Teens and Drugs" panel suggested to teens that they could experiment with same-gender sex, take drugs, eschew condoms, along with other, less than responsible, advice.

I read through much of the transcript of the event and, to be fair, there was a lot of other content that amounted to the same feel-good, empty-headed, leftist drivel that we hear all the time. Lots of words, little import, considerable posturing and pontificating, mostly useless but not necessarily sinister information and opinions. However, the fact remains that things were said that have no place in a school, to students under the age of majority or consent, without express approval of the parents. I don't want anyone telling my son that it is OK to ignore all of the things I have taught him about responsible sex and respect for not only his mind and body, but everyone else's as well.

I have nothing against sex. I just don't want anyone infecting anyone else with the STD-of-the-day. I want people to treat each other with respect. How respectful is it to have indiscriminate and unprotected sex, thereby risking infecting everyone else you ever sleep with? How respectful is it to treat someone else simply as a tool for sexual gratification, to be discarded afterwards? I'm no prude and have no problem with recreational sex. It feels good. It's fun. And, while we are engaged in it, we aren't inclined to get into mischief like passing more laws or robbing banks. It remains, however, that sexual activity can be risky, and has potential for lifelong ramifications like diseases or unwanted pregnancy. It is not something to be engaged in lightly, without careful consideration beforehand.

Sex education, the practical and mechanical ins-and-outs of it, should be taught in school. The values and ethics of relationships and intimacy are best left to the parents. I don't want any social engineers interfering with what is my job. They are not up to the task.


  1. Well, as you've probably gathered, I'm fairly conservative about most of these issues.

    To say I wanted to stand up and applaud this post though would be an understatement.



  2. Thanks, Chani. The inmates are running the asylum. That means trouble ahead, as more muddled thinking will continue to confuse our younth who aren't encouraged to think for themselves.

  3. Do you ever wonder what the ultimate objective might be? And, additionally, why are schools involved in teaching values, especially this twisted set of relativist values that's being pushed these days?

    Seriously. I wonder about these things sometimes and try to avoid turning into a Mae Brussels style conspiracy theorist. :)


  4. Brussels makes interesting reading, if only to seek understanding about how the 'under every bed' folks think.

    I think that moral relativism is popular because it allows us to behave pretty much any way we wish, without having to worry about right/wrong, good/bad, consequences of our actions (or sometimes inaction) and so on.

    And then there's the inevitable deflection of responsibility: "I couldn't help it." "It's not my fault." "I was born that way." "I was conditioned that way." "I come from a broken home." Blah, blah, blah.

    The entire notion of individual responsibility is not popular these days. It's too bad.

  5. I think many people don't understand the freedom that comes with individual responsibility.. and the benefits of all the choices we have.

    One of the things that has amazes me since I opted for my particular set of choices in lifestyle is how often I hear "I wish I could do that."

    Anyone can.... and the only thing is that he or she has to own the consequences... and stepping outside of the mainstream in such a blatant way has consequences... but they're worth it.

    Life without choices just isn't worth living at all.

  6. Amen, Chani: People are often afraid of change but it can be good sometimes. It can awake us from the everyday stupor and make us live with purpose and focus.

  7. I'm a conservative. At the same time I've been called radical and a rebel. I guess that's because I don't blindly believe what I'm being told. With that said, I just wanted to tell you... BRAVO!

    Oh, I don't believe that it's up to the schools or someone else to parent the children. The problem is that the parents are slacking off and not parenting. It's heartbreaking because not only do the children suffer, we as a society suffer along too.

    I don't have the answer, but I sure don't want someone to tell me how to raise all five of my children. I don't want anyone telling me how to live my life either.

    It's our own fault. We reap what we sow...

  8. You're right, Lady g~, the die for all this was cast in the sixties. There were a lot of good things happening in the sixties, but it was also the start of the 'let it all hang out,' and 'be yourself' movements when everything became acceptable. Many people erroneously call this careless and irresponsible behaviour individualism. It is anything but that. The costs of irresponsible and counter-prodcutive behaviour by individuals are borne by society at large, in our present system. True individualists take control of themselves and take reponsibility for their actions.

  9. If individualism was still the centerpiece of western civilization, we would not have a welfare state, and it's companion devil-spirit: The entitlement mentality/"_____ rights".
    I don't have a problem with the sodomites, the dopers/drunkards, the swingers or the shacker-uppers, but I have a major problem with ever-growing government demanding I be responsible to carry their freaking worthless dead-weight.
    And now, El Presidente Jorge Boosh - the man who murdered the Republican Party and plowed under "The Land of the Free", and quite possibly the most willfully ignorant President the United States ever had - wants to give what's left away to Pedro. Just what you need if you're drowning in the middle of the ocean: MORE dead-weight!

    Throw that man an anvil.

  10. "It remains, however, that sexual activity can be risky, and has potential for lifelong ramifications like diseases or unwanted pregnancy."

    You forgot another risk:

    a broken heart.

  11. Ah... a broken heart. Yes, I have spoken to my son about that very thing and I agree that it is of paramount importance. Teenagers, in particular, have enough Angst and Weltschmerz for all of us and everything seems to be magnified tenfold. Good point.