Teacher's Dirty Books
January 1999By Joseph Collison
Joseph Collison is the Director of the Office of Pro-Life Activities for the Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut, and Chairman of the Board of Caring Families Pregnancy Services.
Not so long ago there was a fairly effective Christian sex education program. In it children were taught about Heaven and Hell. Heaven is a wonderful place and everyone should want to go there. Fornication (the word is still in the dictionary) might send one to Hell. The teaching was direct and simple and -- judging by statistical levels of sexual misbehavior and consequent misery -- was generally effective.
Then came the sexual revolution. No more "medieval morality"! Feel good about yourselves! Do your own thing! Children must be free to explore their world and their bodies! If it feels good, do it! The guarantors of this freedom would be sex education and contraceptives. Love would be "free" and sex would be "safe."
And where are we now? "Police See No Crime in School Sex Incident," reported The Washington Post recently. "D.C. police yesterday ended their investigation into a sexual incident at a Southeast Washington elementary school, concluding that a group of fourth-graders left unsupervised for up to an hour on Monday had engaged in consensual sex."
Yes, you read that right. Fourth-graders were engaged in "consensual sex." In Detroit, the Free Press reported that 46 percent of fifth-graders in that city say they've engaged in sexual intercourse. Children are now free to explore their world and their bodies with a vengeance.
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