Gateway Sexual Activity?

There is a reason to criticize the conservative ideology.

Tennessee lawmakers added language to the state’s abstinence-only sex education curriculum that warns against “gateway sexual activity.” Many have interpreted the phrase to include discouragement of anything that has potential to lead to sex — including kissing, hand-holding and cuddling.

“‘Abstinence’ means from all of these activities, and we want to promote that,” Republican state Sen. Jack Johnson, the bill’s sponsor, told The Tennessean. “What we do want to communicate to the kids is that the best choice is abstinence.”

It seems Sen. Johnson and his supporters just couldn’t learn from abstinence failures in Texas.

How many failures will convince a Social Conservative they are wrong? What do you call the maintenance of a belief in the midst of contrary evidence?

One explanation

When reasoning from a concept the deduction does not begin with facts. That includes ideas of a better world. If such thinking was adapted to facts, only then could we could call it reasonable.

Sex Education = sex – suggests that if you don’t educate then sex wont happen. On what planet?

This is not evil

If the American economy were better, more people would have jobs.
If people did not break laws, we would not need cops.
If there were no religions, there would be no religious wars.
If women did not work, there would be no harassment of women in the workplace.

The appeal of simple solutions, their only fault is they solve no problem.

*Yes 2+2 = 4
Unless variables exists outside the formula. 2 + 2 rabbits can soon be more than 4 rabbits without adding or subtracting any.

Useless to say it’s an unfair example because of change. Unknown and uncontrollable variables are the argument!!!

The problems comprehensive sex education address have not gone away. Putting head-in-sand (or elsewhere) and pretending they don’t exist puts young people at more risk.  The refusal to acknowledge the  miserable failures of these abstinence programs is indicates the support for the programs is dogmatic. In other words unreasonable.

Mississippi had the highest rate of teen births, at 55 per every 1,000 girls aged 15 to 19, followed by New Mexico at about 53 and Arkansas at 52.5. The best-performing states included New Hampshire at just under 16 per 1,000, Massachusetts at about 17, and Vermont at just under 18.

CDC – Teen Pregnancy

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* Karl Popper Argument 2+2=4 (Paraphrased)

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