Bridging the divide to the seventh century

Forget for a moment that the religious right is pushing school districts to relegate evolution to “fringe theory” status. I can see how people might wish to teach their children creation vs. evolution, of course I thought that was what parochial schools were for. But now these people have taken scientific fact and turned it on it’s head. An investigation by Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) found that Federally funded abstinence-only education programs ($170 million next year) have been regularly lying to students to forward their agenda.

Many American youngsters participating in federally funded abstinence-only programs have been taught over the past three years that abortion can lead to sterility and suicide, that half the gay male teenagers in the United States have tested positive for the AIDS virus, and that touching a person’s genitals “can result in pregnancy,” a congressional staff analysis has found.

Nice. Other lies perpetrated upon unsuspecting children uncovered by the Waxman’s study included:

  • A 43-day-old fetus is a “thinking person.”
  • HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can be spread via sweat and tears.
  • Condoms fail to prevent HIV transmission as often as 31 percent of the time in heterosexual intercourse.

May I suggest possibly expanding this curriculum to include other important issues such as:

  • Drugged travelers awakening in ice-filled bathtubs only to discover one of their kidneys has been harvested by organ thieves.
  • AIDS was a chemical experiment sponsored by the CIA that went awry.
  • A drug called Progesterex is being used by date rapers to sterilize victims, thus preventing the rapists’ identification through paternity.

and my all time favorite (and most pressingly urgent)…

  • Fellatio may significantly decrease the risk of breast cancer in women.

For other excellent ideas for future curriculum additions head over here.

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