CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A fond look back at the controversial guest speaker at George Washington High School brings perspective. Her presentation is said to have elevated educational standards by advising young ladies that sex is so ugly and dirty that they should save it for someone whom they love.
I bear no ill will toward the brainy folks who dreamed up and funded the appearance of motivational speaker Pam Stenzel. In fact, as I am generally willing to do almost anything for quick cash, I offer myself as the next speaker at the school on the hill.
For half of the compensation that is said to have been paid to the flinty-eyed Ms. Stenzel, I promise a production of holy rolling that will show her for the amateur she is. Moreover, for an additional small sum, my big show will include rattlesnakes and electric guitars.
A member of the school board defended the GW episode, evidently confident that time students spent listening to Ms. Stenzel's assembly message was a reasonable alternative to algebra class. It is mere coincidence that the board member's husband was a contributor to Ms. Stenzel's pay, I am sure. The GW student body vice president spoke out against Ms. Stenzel's presentation and for her efforts was chastized by the school's principal, she said. I leave him to his potentially unpleasant fate at the hands of the women of Wellesley College, to which the student has been admitted.
Evidently, Ms. Stenzel is loaded with charisma sufficient that sex-hating older folks' eyes spin in hypnotic circles, even while younger people exchange sideways glances as if to ask, "Who is this clown?"
As my research department has learned, Ms. Stenzel earns a small fortune by deceiving students, a fact she freely admits. In a speech to a fundamentalist conference she said, "People of God, can I beg you to commit yourself to truth, not what works ... I don't care if (abstinence education) works, because at the end of the day I'm not answering to you, I'm answering to God!"
Stenzel 's 2011 tax filings show that her company, which is called -- and I am not making this up -- Enlighten Communications, took in $268,000. In a YouTube video she tells us that sex with more than one partner means that, "... you will pay. No one has ever had more than one partner and not paid." The Rev. Jimmy Swaggart, who was caught doing it with prostitutes, would tell you the same.
Ms. Stenzel prances through life evidently unconcerned as to whether her abstinence education is accurate or effective. I humbly suggest that she bear in mind these words: "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." That was said by Jesus Christ.
Completely unrelated to the above, I wish to thank several people for their kindly treatment of several of Marshall University's international students from Poland, when I took them to visit the Capitol recently.
Gov. Tomblin, though we had no appointment with him, took time to chat with the students and have their picture taken with him. Glen Reed, director of operations at the Governor's Mansion, arranged a special tour of the residence, and Grace Welch led the tour. House Clerk Gregory Gray met with the students and explained interesting features of the chamber and the processes of government. The students have concluded a semester of study at Marshall and have returned to Warsaw. They were very appreciative, as was I.
Wyatt is a professor at Marshall University.