A ridiculous column

There’s nothing wrong with presenting a socially conservative viewpoint, but Wednesday’s paper concerning the BYU basketball player, Brandon Davies, who turned himself in for having consensual sex, or as the author put it delicately, “failing to uphold the standard that sex belongs in marriage” was ridiculous.

She names the comedian, Jon Stewart, as among those who commended him. If by declaring Brandon Davies a fictional character Stewart meant to praise him, I suppose that’s one interpretation.

But what prompted me to write was the author’s declaration that sexual abstinence is growing in popularity among the nation’s young. No statistics cited, although a quick look at an supposedly doctor-run abstinence supporting site oddly has a graphic discussion of abortions as a prime reason to remain sexually abstinent. On the usual hypocritical side, use of any contraception devices is also ruled out.

Most other sites point out the dismal failure of Bush’s program, which exploded from $73 million per annum to $204 million and still the figures rose. Ellen Goodman, a Boston columnist sensibly wrote in January of 2009 that “most parents want teens to delay sex and have honest information, including contraception.”

It is also true that in the parts of the U.S. where abstinence is taken seriously, unwanted pregnancies are the highest. Texas and southern states had the highest rates, Northern states the lowest.

The other reason I am writing is to complain of the mediocre writing. At least use a writer who can write. “After all, it’s the hallmark of the American citizen’s honor code that makes civil society and freedom possible.” Even if you wave a tiny American flag, that still makes no sense at all.

On a national level, it is interesting how quickly the neo-conservatives have gone from wanting merely to lower the national debt to the old social agenda. No sex for the unmarried, put the gay, lesbian and transgendered back in the bushes, and punish those uppity women who want to be paid like men.

But that’s another item, so I’ll spare you this time.

Dee Longenbaugh

Juneau

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