Essay： Condoms: The New Diploma (Rush Limbaugh)
The logic and motivation behind this country’s mad dash to distribute free condoms in our public schools is ridiculous and misguided. Worse, the message conveyed by mass condom distribution is a disservice and borders on being lethal. Condom distribution sanctions, even encourages, sexual activity, which in teen years tends to be promiscuous and relegates to secondary status the most important lesson to be taught: abstinence. An analysis of the entire condom distribution logic also provides a glimpse into just what is wrong with public education today. First things first. Advocates of condom distribution say that kids are going to have sex, that try as we might we can’t stop them. Therefore they need protection. Hence, condoms. Well, hold on a minute. Just whose notion is it that “kids are going to do it anyway, you can’t stop them”? Why limit the application of that brilliant logic to sexual activity? Let’s just admit that kids are going to do drugs and distribute safe, untainted drugs every morning in home room. Kids are going to smoke, too, we can’t stop them, so let’s provide packs of low-tar cigarettes to the students for their after-sex smoke. Kids are going to get guns and shoot them, you can’t stop them, so let’s make sure that teachers have bulletproof vests. I mean, come on! If we are really concerned about safe sex, why stop at condoms? Let’s convert study halls to Safe Sex Centers where students can go to actually have sex on nice double beds with clean sheets under the watchful and approving eye of the school nurse, who will be on hand to demonstrate, along with the principal, just how to use a condom. Or even better: If kids are going to have sex, let’s put disease-free hookers in these Safe Sex Centers. Hey, if safe sex is the objective, why compromise our standards? There is something else very disturbing about all this. Let’s say that Johnnie and Susie are on a date in Johnny’s family sedan. Johnny pulls in to his town’s designated Teen Parking Location hoping to score a little affection from Susie. They move to the backseat and it isn’t long before Johnny, on the verge of bliss, whips out his trusty high school-distributed condom and urges Susie not to resist him. She is hesitant, being a nice girl and all, and says she doesn’t think the time is right. “Hey, everything is okay. Nothing will go wrong. Heck, the school gave me this condom, they know what they’re doing. You’ll be fine,” coos the artful and suave Johnny. Aside from what is obviously wrong here, there is something you probably haven’t thought of which to me is profound. Not that long ago, school policy, including that on many college campuses, was designed to protect the girls from the natural and instinctive aggressive pursuit of young men. Chaperones, for example, were around to make sure the girls were not in any jeopardy. So much for that thinking now. The schools may just as well endorse and promote these backseat affairs. The kids are going to do it anyway. Well, here’s what’s wrong. There have always been consequences to having sex. Always. Now, however, some of these consequences are severe: debilitating venereal diseases and AIDS. You can now die from having sex. It is that simple. If you look, the vast majority of adults in America have made adjustments in their sexual behavior in order to protect themselves from some of the dire consequences floating around out there. For the most part, the sexual revolution of the sixties is over, a miserable failure. Free love and rampant one-night stands are tougher to come by because people are aware of the risks. In short, we have modified our behavior. Now, would someone tell me what is so difficult about sharing this knowledge and experience with kids? The same stakes are involved. Isn’t that our responsibility, for crying out loud, to teach them what’s best for them? If we adults aren’t responding to these new dangers by...
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