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Dr. Don McLeroy’s Take On Sex Ed in Texas

Blogging on Pseudo-Scientific Douche-BagsDr. Don McLeroy, Ready to Destroy Education in TexasOn the heels of my earlier post about anti-science Sunday School Teacher Dr. Don McLeroy being appointed head of the Texas Board of Education, allow me to bring to your attention another of Dr. McLeroy’s religiously motivated dangers to education in the Lone Star State.

I’ll spare you the awful frames at his homepage this time, and point you directly to his statement on abstinence only Sex Ed.

Many of us on the Bryan school district’s Teen Sexuality Committee firmly believe that a strong abstinence message is the only safe and realistic goal of a sex-education curriculum for our local schools.

Teen promiscuity results in three major risks: ill-timed or unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases-including AIDS, and emotional or psychological damage. In dealing with this problem, the committee is divided into two basic positions: those who favor a strong abstinence message, with contraception discussed in the context of marriage, and those who favor what is termed “comprehensive sex education” and believe we should give out all the appropriate information so that the sexually active teen will at least have the opportunity and knowledge to engage in what they call “protected’ sex.”

The comprehensive view agrees that abstinence is the best way to go but claim that “realistically” it is an unattainable goal. I will argue that the abstinence view is the realistic one and the only view that offers “protected sex.” To begin, let us define what a healthy sexual teen is, according to the two positions, and then see if the behavior described is likely or not.

This statement was originally published in 1992, but reaffirmed in 2003. As it still stands and is presented at his homepage, it is presumably still his position.

Dr. McLeroy, a dentist by profession, repeats the usual mantra of “sex is bad, m’kay”. He also predictably insinuates either mistakenly or deceptively that sex of course causes psychological and emotional problems:

The truth is “the protected” are only partially protected against pregnancy and STD’s. Against the third risk of promiscuity, the psychological and emotional risks, they are totally unprotected.

My favorite little con-game Dr. McLeroy plays on that page however, is this one:

Do “the protected” exist? To better understand this more complex behavior, let us look at a real example of it – the mature marriage. In the privacy of their bedroom, with careful planning, and where even with “spur of the moment” decisions all the necessary contraception is available, “protected sex” is practiced. Do teens have such a private place? Do they plan so carefully? Do they have the medicine cabinet located so conveniently? Are they so committed? What incredible teens these must be, what mature planners to always find a place with contraception always avail-able and easily usable every time.

In addition, they must be mature enough to overcome their egocentric thinking (“It can’t happen to me”), their concrete short-term reasoning (“‘Let’s eat, drink and be merry.”), and the stigma of being known as sexually active (“Psst – they’re doing it.”). Is such behavior realistic? I believe “the protected,” the desired result of the comprehensive view, to be totally unrealistic. It rarely, if ever, happens.

Did you happen to catch the logic there? Teens are not informed about their sexuality, and don’t have easy access to protection because people like Dr. McLeroy have caused that to be the case, and Dr. McLeroy tells us that teenagers should not have sex because they are not informed or protected.

Sweet.

The most charitable interpretation I can give that page or the appointment of Dr. McLeroy to head the State Board of Education is “irresponsible”.

More accurately stated, Dr. McLeroy has no damned business being in charge of educating a fruit fly, let alone immature homo sapiens sapiens in Texas.

(Cross-posted in somewhat more tactful language at SitPS.)

Filed under: Biology, BPSDB, Education, Fundies, Politics, Rants, Religion, Science, Sex,

5 Responses

  1. Dr. Don McLeroy’s Take On Sex Ed in Texas

    On the heels of my post at UDreamOfJanie about anti-science Sunday School Teacher Dr. Don McLeroy being appointed head of the Texas Board of Education, allow me to bring to your attention another of Dr. McLeroy's religiously motivated dangers to educ

  2. In addition, they must be mature enough to overcome their egocentric thinking (”It can’t happen to me”), their concrete short-term reasoning (”‘Let’s eat, drink and be merry.”),

    This bothers me. This tells me teenagers apparently can’t have brains. I would love to point the fact I just turned sixteen and am totally aware of the fact getting pregnant could happen to me. That is, of course, if I were sexually active, which I am not.

    Also, what’s wrong with living a little? This “short-term reasoning” sounds like someone has his panties in a bunch. I would also like to point out “Let’s eat, drink and be merry” says nothing about sex (unless that’s what is meant by merry).

    Not sure if anyone is aware of the magic of a condom added in with a bit of birth control, but from what I hear, it does a lot of good.

    Yes, a lot of teenagers don’t plan their sex escapades, but that doesn’t mean we’re all going to go get knocked up and join the welfare train. I sure ain’t. Neither are the friends I hang around. I know I’m not the only teenager with a brain and I wish people would realize we’re not all stupid and naive.

    I know good and well what could come of having sex. I also know I’m not waiting for marriage. If I get pregnant, I’m going to be the best damn mother that’s ever walked this earth. However that’s not going to happen for a couple more years. I know this because I’m on the pill and I own condoms. Sure things can get heated up and get “in the moment” but I know if my Momma raised any dummies it was my brother because my happy butt ain’t having sex unless the boy’s willy is wrapped. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

    Just wanted to let everyone know that there are some decent, intelligent teenagers out there in the world.

    Good night.

    Another Sad Song.

  3. JanieBelle says:

    You so rock, Sad Song!

    (I’m going to add a blockquote tag to the quoted part of your comment, just to help delineate where your quote ends and your comment begins, OK?)

    Kisses

  4. Martyne says:

    You go for it girl. As Lou FCD said. You rock.

  5. JanieBelle says:

    He stole that from me.

    Just so y’know.

    Kisses

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