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  • get a lot of teenage weddings. Of course, they likely aren't going to fund marriage counseling and daycare for all the babies...or even education for that matter. But, for the unthinking who want or need to be told what to do, it's certainly a winning strategy since not having sex is an effective method of contraception.

    Good thing they're not Catholic as the pope issued an encyclical a few years back telling widows [ mind not widowers ] that sex with another husband was amoral. It seems like religions go

    • But not only. Advocating chastity as the only contraception method leads as well to delegitimize delivering information about sex to teenagers. That's a sure way to spread unwanted pregnancies, abortions and sexual diseases. And of course all this craze about sex being bad is just going to give another boost to an already too powerful porn industry. Not mentioning prostitution. Even Paul was saying that chastity can't be enforced on everyone.

      In most civilizations that have a rule of no-sex-before-marriage,

      • Yes, people can go too far to extremes, but consider this gem from the article: "During the last few years Planned Parenthood itself has been forced to mention abstinence as a strategy for avoiding pregnancy and disease." Oh my gosh, you mean you can avoid pregnancy and STDs by avoiding SEX? What will they think of next? I can't even imagine what kind of warped logic it takes for anyone to find it remarkable that Planned Parenthood would mention abstinence.

        There is plenty of room for middle ground. It'
        • > It's not that I hate sex. It's that I don't trust other people's
          > ideas about sex, and on this planet, the parents get to make those
          > sorts of judgments, because they are the ones who make those sorts
          > of judgments every day. That's what it means to be a parent. And
          > if you think I am being unreasonable, answer this honestly: would
          > YOU want ME teaching YOUR kids about sex? I thought not.

          The thing I find galling about the billboard is that it is exactly
          what you're complaining about: someone else (the State) pushing
          views about sex that I disagree with strongly.

          • I am not in favor of the billboard. However, the reason it exists, the reason why people push for such things, is out of reactionary tendencies to the last few decades of things swinging the other way. Simply saying the billboard is wrong doesn't do much, if anything, to solve the problem.