Sunday, January 30, 2000

ENQUIRER EDITORIAL


Congress should investigate sex-ed agenda

        Now that Ohio has said “no” to sex education engineered through Washington, it's time for national lawmakers to examine the engineers and their use of our tax money.

        Two weeks ago, Ohio shut the gate on a federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to bring radical sex education to Ohio schools. Hearings before a joint House and Senate education committee drew hundreds of people to Columbus on both sides. The $1 million grant included $90,000 for sex education that introduces condoms in early grades and oral and anal sex in middle school. The debate erupted last year when lawmakers and citizens got a look at several CDC-promoted sex ed programs targeted for Ohio students. Ohio lawmakers “froze” spending on the programs by the Ohio Department of Education and Department of Health until hearings this year. After getting an earful of testimony and protests, the committee failed to vote; the programs are stopped for now.

        That will capture attention in other states where the CDC is pushing the same stuff, embedded in federal goals to massively expand health education and services in schools. The use of federal grants by unelected bureaucrats has become a stealthy way to influence what's taught in schools. The grass-roots backlash comes when parents see how such programs violate families' rights and values.

        Congress should get to the root source of this “comprehensive sexuality education” blueprint for all American schools. The originator is the Sex Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). It sounds like an official arm of government but, in fact, it's a coalition of health and education groups. With tax money, the CDC in 1992 contracted with SIECUS to rewrite and expand sexuality education to all school children, through state departments of education. SIE CUS is being paid to rewrite health education curricula state by state and has weaseled its way into the driver's seat.

        Six years of SIECUS contracts with the CDC reveal a radical political agenda that undermines the authority and morals of many families and usurps local control of schools. In 1992, SIECUS published its “K-12 sex education guidelines,” which were distributed to all 50 state agencies. They recommend, for example, that children in the age group 5-8 be taught that masturbation feels good; The 9-12 group should be taught that “homosexual love relationships can be as fulfilling as heterosexual ones,” that sexual intercourse “provides pleasure” and “a legal abortion is very safe.” It recommends learning about sexual erotica for the 15-18 group.

        Millions of tax dollars are being allocated to write and implement these plans. Congress needs to study exactly what SIECUS has designed for our schools; examine the SIECUS political agenda and compare its definition of “wholesome sexuality” for kids with most parents' definition.

        According to the contracts, SIECUS established a National Coalition to Support Sexuality Education. This includes everybody from Planned Parenthood and the National Lesbian and Gay Health Foundation to the National Council of Churches and the National School Boards Association.

        Families and schools are at the mercy of such federal contractors. Congress should ask more about the goals and values of the group that is manipulating “health” standards and mandates for schools. It's time to shine a light on the contracts the CDC has with SIECUS to make “comprehensive sexuality and AIDS education a priority in the nation's schools.”

        We have a right to know who's pushing an immoral agenda disguised as “health,” at public expense.

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