Abstinence | Education | Irony

“…do not be guided by what they do: since they do not practice what they preach” (Matthew 23:3).

Some debates are won when the opposition makes our point for us. The following scenario describes one such argument:

I was holding a notice from my 13-year-old son’s school announcing a meeting to preview the new course in human sexuality. Parents were asked to review the curriculum and take part in an actual lesson.

When I arrived at the school, I was surprised to discover only about a dozen parents there. As we waited for the presentation, I thumbed through page after page of instructions in the prevention of pregnancy and disease. But I found abstinence mentioned only in passing. When the teacher arrived with the school nurse, she invited questions.

I asked why abstinence did not play a larger part in the material. There was a great deal of laughter, and someone suggested that I was living in a dream world. The teacher and the nurse…

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