Wednesday, April 25, 2007

What Happens When We Read Textbooks In the Statehouse

Iowa State Senator Brad Zaun did a brave thing -- he actually read from the "comprehensive" and "medically accurate" sex education curriculum that many are recommending for our public school children. Listening made many adults in the room squirm.

There's a weird duality going on. Supposedly the right to privacy is paramount and "constitutional" (not actually true), and yet we delight in airing out anything sexual, which should be one of the most private areas of adult life. We go to great lengths to protect children from sexual predators (and should) but saturate our entertainment choices with perversity and pornography.

A pastor friend told me recently, "Don't give people what they want, because they almost always want the wrong things."

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