GW abstinence speech was religious dogma
Since when did George Washington High School in Kanawha County become a Christian Academy? A so-called "sex education" assembly at GW had nothing to do with sex education, but with moral values.
Students at GW are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and nonreligious. They don't need one set of church values imposed on them.
The warning that "any type of sex will guarantee the contraction of a sexually transmitted disease or an unwanted pregnancy" was clearly a value statement. GW Principal George Aulenbacher actually said: "The only way to guarantee safety is abstinence."
No doubt the same teachers who teach this nonsense also are adamant opponents of abortion. Those of us who truly respect the intelligence of teenagers know that the full truth and all of its consequences are what sex education is really about. If we truly want to prevent unwanted pregnancy and abortions, we would provide that education to our children.
Throughout their lives, these young people will be called upon to make moral decisions. Education in a free society should be about information. As a result of that information, individuals make their own decisions based on their personal values.
Aulenbacher said the assembly was paid for by private donors but wouldn't reveal the cost. This clearly is a violation of the separation of church and state.
One of the most offensive remarks by this so-called sex education speaker was, "If you take birth-control pills, your mother probably hates you."
Dr. Annette Zavareei, school psychologist
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