“Rebuttal to the Pitt News editorial, 'Abstinence-only education not way to
Saturday, Dec 08, 2007
The Pitt News editorial board approved an immoral editorial and blames
the Bush administration’s abstinence-only education for an increase in
the birth rate among teenagers.
If there is someone to blame for teenagers sex habits and promiscuity,
we need look no further than papers like the Pitt News whose articles
have glorified premarital sex by some of their columnists and also by
their editorial that discouraged abstinence-only education.
Just because the birth rate went up by 3% in 2006 since 1991 does not
mean abstinence education is not working. The percentage could have been
higher without abstinence education.
Anyway, if people want to have sex, they will find ways to have it
whether they are taught about abstinence or not. This does not mean the
Bush administration’s push for abstinence education is falling on deaf
years. A 3% increase which equates to 3 out of 100 is not much even
though I wish it were null.
The Bush Administration has done the right thing by spending $176
million dollars to push abstinence-only education as the only means of
educating teens and they need to be commended for it and not ostracized
by the Pitt News editorial board.
It always appalls me when people use the argument that ‘teenagers are
going to have sex anyway if they want to, so let us help them do it
safely by giving them safeguards.’
I feel this is what the Pitt News editorial board wants to see happen!
They want teenagers who plan to have sex to be taught how to have safe
Where are the family values?
I have not found one religion unless it is a cult that glorifies
premarital sex and makes it ok. Just because lots of people are doing it
does not mean it is right or ok.
I was approached by a Muslim student who said to me, “I cannot believe
that the Bible is ok with sex before marriage and sexual immorality.
That would never be condoned or accepted in the Koran’
‘I asked him why do you think the Bible is ok with sex before marriage?’
His response to me was, ‘I thought it did because lots of people have
sex before marriage here in America and America is supposed to be a
Christian nation. In Islam that would never be tolerated!’
I told him that’s the impression you will get if you read papers like
the Pitt News and mostly liberal papers. No, I did not say that!
I told him, ‘The Bible does condemn sexual immorality more than any
other sin. Just because people do not adhere to the Word of God and
Jesus’ teachings does not mean the Bible condones it. The Bible is
filled with hundreds of verses against sexual immorality.’
Jesus said, “And then he added, “It is what comes from inside that
defiles you. For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil
thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness,
deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness.” (Mark
“But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They
were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies.” (1
Corinthians 6:13, NLT)
“Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this
one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. Don’t
you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives
in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for
God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”
(1 Corinthians 6:18-20, NLT)
“And we must not engage in sexual immorality as some of them did,
causing 23,000 of them to die in one day.” (1 Corinthians 10:8, NLT)
Finally, the Muslim student understood that the Bible is clearly against
sexual immorality just as the Koran is.
We need to get away from the mentality of ‘we don’t want teenagers to
face consequences for their actions even if their actions are immoral.’
There are consequences for actions and providing condoms and sex
education to have immoral sex the safe way is still wrong and immoral.
The best way to avoid sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancies
before marriage is avoiding sex before marriage, not by giving allowance
to it by giving a way out. Condoms and sex education is a way out to
practice sexual immorality.
What is happening to this nation and nations that want to alleviate
consequences for wrong-doing! Fear of sexually transmitted diseases and
pregnancies should stop people from having sex before marriage and not
finding ways to make it easy like the Pitt News editorial made me feel.
What will the Pitt News endorse next?
Will they endorse an editorial giving clean needles to drug-addicts if
they already have not, just so they won’t get sexually transmitted
By providing clean needles to drug addicts is like saying, ‘we know
taking drugs is illegal and everything but we don’t want you to face the
consequences for your actions, so we are finding a way for you to
continue to use it’
Once we get away from the ‘Do the crime, do the time’ mentality, there
is only danger on the horizon!
Providing ways to continue to take drugs for addicts is as wrong as
providing condoms and sex education to teenagers who plan to do it.
Teenagers should know abstinence is the only way to go and waiting for
that special person in marriage to have sex is the blessing of sex as
God ordained it, not before then!
The Pitt News editorial is not completely wrong and the HOTPRESSIONS
http://www.pittsburghstandard.com does commend them for their stance
on the influence of media on teenage pregnancies. They are absolutely
right when they write that shows like ‘Sex and the City’ glorify sex
before marriage without emphasizing consequences of promiscuous sex,
Teenagers are corrupted by the media a lot whether it is print media,
online media, TV media, etc. They do not need more incentive to do
wrong. It is believed that sex education and providing condoms, etc are
a promotion to do wrong. Stick on the right path and be safe! ABSTINENCE
is the way to go!
President Bush, politicians, and religious leaders should continue to
speak about family values as long as their own family values are
biblical! Abstinence is not just for religious people but for the
welfare of every child. You need not be religious to promote abstinence!
the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.
Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great
number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They
will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2
Timothy 4:3-4, NIV)
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