Category archives: Human Sexuality

State Leaders: Abstinence-Minded Oppressors?

by Tony Perkins

April 16, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

Usually, the news that more people are practicing abstinence is a good thing. Not this time. The Boston Globe reported that states are abstainingabstaining from federal funding for programs that tell kids to save sex for marriage. Connecticut, Rhode Island, Montana, New Jersey, and Wisconsin have all either dropped out of the program or plan to by the end of the year. In Ohio, Governor Ted Strickland announced that he was slashing the half-million dollars in his budget for abstinence education. Quite frankly, I dont believe abstinence work[s], he said. Theres not data that shows it prevents… sexual activity outside of marriage. But Strickland ought to spend more time researching and less time criticizing. Since President Bush started funding abstinence programs, teenage pregnancy rates have dropped almost 10%. And thats no coincidence. Americans may disagree about how effective contraception is, but every study says the same thing about abstinencethe kids who practice it dont get diseases and they dont get pregnant. Its time we all reminded our leaders that when it comes to sexual relationships, the best investment is teaching kids to just say no.

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When You Wish Upon A Star, It Really Makes No Difference Who You Are…

by Tony Perkins

April 11, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

It looks like Disney had another goofy idea. Last Friday, the company announced that same-sex couples can now participate in its Fairy Tale Wedding program. Until this month, Disneys policy banned homosexuals because the packages required a valid marriage license from California or Florida. But Disney now says that to create an inclusive environment, the Fairy Tale Wedding guidelines will include commitment ceremonies. But as far as American families are concerned, this is no magic kingdom. For decades, Disney has been the ultimate kids vacation. Now the innocent fun will be dwarfed by a politically correct celebration of homosexuality. Since Disney hosted its first Gay Day, it was obvious that Disney stopped reflecting the values of America and began trying to shape them. We arent in the business of making judgments… about our guests, said one spokesman. But for these couples, the same-sex lifestyle leads to anything but a storybook ending. This latest move by Disney shows that instead of creating wholesome entertainment for children, as Mr. Disney did, the Disney enterprise is now seeking to create fantasies for homosexuals.

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Same-Sex Parents Rolling Back Family Values

by Tony Perkins

April 9, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

This year, the White House Egg Roll isnt the family event its cracked up to be. For the second year in a row, same-sex parents have used the egg roll as a platform for the homosexual agenda. Until 2006, the event was one of few parties in Washington that had not been exploited for political purposes. Now the hundred-year-old tradition has some people walking on egg shells. In part because liberal organizations like Family Pride are planning to have a big presence at the White House. According to one mom, We want to show the public that gay parents are just like everyone else. But thats exactly the problem. Homosexual parents arent like everyone else. The Egg Roll paints a rosy picture, but the reality is, same-sex parents are unequally yolked. Study after study shows that no amount of love or money can compensate for the missing presence of a married mother and father. Its a clever scheme. Homosexuals know that normalizing gay families at the White House puts them one step closer to legitimizing it in everyones house. This Easter, people in Washington should be huntingnot just for eggsbut obviously for the truth.

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Hare-Raising: Playboy Recruits On College Campuses

by Tony Perkins

March 29, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

While theres no room for Easter or the Easter Bunny on most college campuses, officials at Mississippi State see no problem in welcoming Playboy bunnies. As a part of a massive recruiting push for one of Americas biggest porn magazines, bunnies were hopping across campus. A campus newspaper exposed the visit, saying that Playboy representatives admitted that they were auditioning for its Girls of the S.E.C. edition. The Dean of Students at MSU, who was interviewed for the article, said he has no concerns about the idea. But some school officials say its more than a hare-brained idea. Its promoting promiscuity, when MSU should be promoting education. Hugh Hefner is asking who wants to be a Playboy bunny, but no one ever asks, Who wants to contract an STD? or Who wants to get pregnant? This generation doesnt see the consequences. They see a world where women who take off their clothes are rewarded with a magazine cover or TV gig. At Harvard, where the students sponsor a racy magazine, one group is taking a stand against the hook-up culture. Theyve founded a group called True Love Revolution to promote abstinence on campus. And if you ask me, thats exactly the kind of sexual revolution these schools need.

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Remembering the Maine

by Tony Perkins

March 8, 2007

Under the new Congress we are anticipating a slew of pro-homosexual bills as payback for the help that the same-sex marriage lobby gave the Democrats in the election last fall. Because most people, including many in Congress, realize how radical that lobby is, homosexual groups are well-versed in masking their agenda. Creating special protections for homosexuals becomes “hate crimes.” Forcing businesses to elevate homosexuality to civil rights status becomes the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act.” Mainstreaming the homosexual lifestyle at the expense of morale in the Armed Forces becomes “The Military Readiness Enhancement Act.”

While we are fighting a federal wish list that Rosie O’Donnell would love, our friends in the states have been battling this same agenda for years. A state legislator in Maine recently introduced a bill to strip the clergy of the right to sign marriage licenses, thereby divorcing state-sanctioned marriage from religious ceremonies. Lawmakers in Maine have also introduced LD375, “an act to amend the Family Medical Leave Laws,” which would greatly expand the existing domestic partnership benefits. Mike Heath, Executive Director of the Christian Civic League of Maine, is working hard to push back the agenda by enlisting online activists to help him. Please sign up for the Civic League’s citizen Action Center today.

Sex Ed. in the Shop Class?

by Family Research Council

March 6, 2007

In Indianapolis, Indiana, middle school “sex education” has reached an entirely new plateau. What for months remained a jealously guarded secret at Warren Townships Raymond Park Middle School has now been shockingly exposed: Two 6th grade students engaged in sexual intercourse during class under the nose of an oblivious teacher.

At the middle school, so-called shop class afforded the students the opportunity of learning through experience. Apparently books simply arent realistic enough for certain subjects.

The story surfaced when a disturbed local resident tipped off a news channel, writing: …during school hours in a classroom with an experienced teacher present, two sixth graders completed the act of intercourse…at least ten students were witnesses. No disciplinary actions were taken against the teacher… All teachers were told to keep quiet.

According to Warren Township Associate Superintendent Jeff Swensson, the act of classroom intercourse did take place and was subsequently kept hidden one skeleton that needed to stay in the closet. Maybe more interestingly, the Raymond Park Middle School Principal refused to be interviewed concerning the subject, only issuing the following trite statement:

Two students were involved in inappropriate conduct in a lab class last semester. We have investigated the matter and taken appropriate action. The school corporation considers the matter closed and will have no further comment.

We have a serious problem on our hands when the instructors of Americas next generation are sanctioning public educational sexual intercourse. Have our moral sensibilities been desensitized to the point that we no longer assent to even the most basic codes of ethics?

Senor, or Senorita? In Spain, it’s the thought that counts

by Jared Bridges

March 2, 2007

When it comes to gender in Spain, anatomy is a gray area:

Spain’s parliament on Thursday passed a law allowing transsexuals to change their name and gender on official documents without needing to undergo surgery first.

Now that sex selection is ultimately up to the individual, rather than anatomy, those who were a little nervous about having the surgery can rest easy. All that’s required for a person to officially change his or her (or is it her or his?) sex is “to present an official medical diagnosis stating a clinically proven case of gender dysfunction and to have undergone appropriate treatment for two years before changes in identity documents can be performed.”

Somebody better double-check Spain’s “women’s” basketball team at the next Olympic games…

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Telling of Congressional Priorities

by Tony Perkins

March 2, 2007

You may not have asked, but I’ll tell you any way. Wednesday, Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA) reintroduced legislation that would not only repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy but also the 200-year-old law that bans homosexuals from openly serving in the military. Citing opinion polls, Meehan says the general support for his bill is growing. However, what matters in this case is not what the latest poll says, but what’s best for our military and the men and women who serve. The same study that found higher civilian backing for the repeal also showed overwhelming opposition to change among our servicemen. Only 26 percent of soldiers support a move to allow gays to serve openly. With the demands on the Armed Services, Meehan estimates that over 40,000 homosexuals would join the military if the ban is lifted.

What he doesn’t address are the tens of thousands who would not join or who would leave the service if the legislation is passed. As a veteran of the Marine Corps I can say that the defense of our country should not be sacrificed for the promotion of a political agenda.

More Maher Mendacity: Bill Maher on FRC and the HPV Vaccine

by Family Research Council

March 2, 2007

Remember when comedian Bill Maher was smart, thoughtful, and funny? Yeah, me neither. Still, I keep holding out hope that he will say something witty or intelligent. Instead, he continues to disappoint by sinking to greater depths of boorishness and mendacity.

Take, for example, his latest half-cocked rant in Salon.com, Christians crusade against cancer vaccine:

Now for the bad news: Not everyone is pleased with this [HPV] vaccine. That prevents cancer. Christian parent groups and churches nationwide are fighting it. Bridget Maher — no relation, and none planned — of the Family Research Council says giving girls the vaccine is bad, because the girls “may see it as a license to engage in premarital sex.”

Maher forgets to mention that the quote from “Bridget Maher…of the Family Research Council” is found in a New Scientist article from April 2005. Even third-rate bloggers wouldnt dredge up a quote from two years ago without seeing if its still relevant. [Note: Ms. Maher no longer works for FRC.] Maher could have checked Wikipedias entry on FRC where he would have found that the quote did not reflect FRC’s position on the HPV vaccine. Or if he had bothered to look at FRCs website he would have noticed on the front page a link to an article titled, Clarification of 2005 Family Research Council Media Remarks on HPV Vaccine

In response to initial media inquiries regarding the HPV vaccine in early 2005, an FRC spokesman raised the question of whether a vaccine for a sexually-transmitted disease like HPV could give its recipients a false sense of security and thus make them less cautious about their sexual behavior. The theory that reducing one of the risks of a behavior might make that behavior more common is hardly illogical. There is even a scientific term for this, which is “sexual disinhibition.” In our meetings with Merck regarding the vaccine later that year, they indicated that they were quite aware of the potential for sexual disinhibition, and that they had examined that issue in the course of their clinical trials for the HPV vaccine. They assured us that they had found no evidence for any increase in sexual disinhibition in connection with the vaccine. We had no basis for doubting that claim, but encouraged them to continue to study that issue after approval of the vaccine for general use.

After extensive study of the vaccine and discussion with medical experts, we concluded that the public health benefits of developing and distributing such a vaccine far outweighed any potential, hypothetical concerns about its impact on sexual behavior. Therefore, we announced in October of 2005 that we would enthusiastically support the development of the vaccine and federal approval of its use, including its addition to the list of vaccines recommended to physicians and of those made available to lower-income families through the Vaccines for Children program. Virtually all pro-family public policy organizations have announced similar support for the vaccine itself. [emphasis added]

In other words, the position of FRC is the exact opposite of what Maher claims.

(Also, does he believe that Merck wants to “make sure sex is as dangerous as possible”? After all, they examined the issue of sexual disinhibition in their clinical trials— the very question that he criticizes Ms. Maher for raising. Obviously, the researchers at Merck hate sex.)

Unfortunately, this is not the only fact that Maher gets wrong. He also claims that “the vaccine is so good, it could wipe out HPV.” Perhaps he missed the recent Washington Post article which notes, “Just 3.4 percent of the women studied had infections with one of the four HPV strains that the new vaccine protects against.” Although that 3.4% will account for 70% of cervical cancer cases—and have a significant impact on women’s health—the vaccine will not help the millions of other women infected with other, less deadly strains of HPV. The vaccine will not, as Maher claims, wipe out HPV.

Maher would obviously have no problem telling a child that since she had the vaccination she had no chance of getting HPV. She would be in for quite a shock then if she were to later develop a nasty case of HPV-related genital warts. Mahers own ignorance about the STD shows why it was not unreasonable to wonder if girls could get a false sense of security from having the vaccination.

Mahers incomprehension about STDs is rather disconcerting. He claims that, Activists don’t want girls inoculated against HPV because they want sex to remain as scary as possible. But if the average American male has as rudimentary a sexual education as Maher, its hard to image how sex could get any scarier.

No Aid to AIDS Groups That Promote Prostitution

by Tony Perkins

March 1, 2007

In a commonsense ruling, the D.C. Court of Appeals sided with the Bush administration yesterday saying that the president can deny AIDS funding to groups that condone prostitution and sex trafficking. The case, now a year and a half old, was brought by DKT International, Inc., a family planning group that, among other things, provides condoms to Vietnamese sex workers. When DKT refused to sign a pledge that it would honor the President’s anti-trafficking policies, the administration denied it taxpayer support. A lower court sided with DKT, stating that the nonprofit’s First Amendment rights were violated because the funding conditions “insisted that the groups ‘parrot’ the government’s position on prostitution.” Fortunately, a three-judge panel reversed the decision and restored President Bush’s authority to fund only those organizations that communicate the U.S. government’s opposition to sex trafficking.

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