Rick Perry Attempts to Defend Abstinence Education
Gov. Rick Perry poorly defends his policy of abstinence education. The interviewer points out that Texas has the third highest rate of teen pregnancy. Perry says that abstinence education is a good use of tax dollars. Perry makes his case cites a policy of testing Texas teen for steroids and only finding 7 to 15. That steroid testing program was so successful that it was almost cut from the budget.
Perry is pushing his Christian Right worldview on public school students. This is the literature teens have to read in abstinence sex ed classes.
One Texas public school district's sex ed handout is entitled "Things to Look for in a Mate:"
I. How they relate to God
A. Is Jesus their first love?
B. Trying to impress people or serve God?
Another public school district uses this:
Question: "What does the Bible say about sex before marriage/premarital sex?"
Answer: Along with all other kinds of sexual immorality, sex before marriage/premarital sex is repeatedly condemned in Scripture (Acts 15:20; Romans 1:29; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:13,18; 7:2; 10:8; 2 Corinthians 12:21; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 5:3; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Jude 7).
Christian Right activists like Perry have a problem with sex. The fact is teenagers are going to have sex. If Perry truly believes that teens can be programmed to not have sex than he is too delusional to be president.