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Abstinence advocate has egg on his face

Abstinence advocate has egg on his face

Whoops! Republican lawmaker’s 17-year-old unmarried daughter is pregnant

DR BILL Cassidy, a state Senator from Louisiana and an evangelical Christian who promoted legislation to teach “abstinence-only” sex education in schools, has announced that his own unmarried high school-aged daughter got knocked up.

Making the best of a bad situation, Cassidy released a statement announcing that he was to be a grandfather and expressing his support for his daughter during this “challenging” time:

Earlier this year, Laura and I learned we will become grandparents this summer. Our children have been the greatest blessing of our lives and we welcome our grandchild as a joyous addition to our family. Our daughter now faces a more challenging future than her peers. She has our unconditional love and support.

Last year, he co-sponsored the Abstinence-Only Reallocation Act, which would award grants and special funding to public and private schools which stuck to teaching only abstinence instead of a more comprehensive lesson plan on sexual behavior.

Louisiana is one of the leading abstinence-only promoters in the country. In roughly one-third of all schools in the state, students are taught exclusively abstinence. No safe sex. No birth control. Nothing but “Don’t do it.”

According to this report:

It might explain why Louisiana currently has the 6th highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation. And while most of the country has been seeing major declines in teen births, Louisiana’s has hardly changed.

Not surprisingly, 90 percent of Lousiana’s population identify as Christians.

study of teen sexual behavior has shown:

States that prescribe abstinence-only sex education programs in public schools have significantly higher teenage pregnancy and birth rates than states with more comprehensive sex education programs, researchers from the University of Georgia have determined.

The researchers looked at teen pregnancy and birth data from 48 U.S. states to evaluate the effectiveness of those states’ approaches to sex education, as prescribed by local laws and policies.

Said Kathrin Stanger-Hall, assistant professor of plant biology and biological sciences in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

Our analysis adds to the overwhelming evidence indicating that abstinence-only education does not reduce teen pregnancy rates.

Cassidy’s approach to sex coming back to haunt him puts him in good company within the Republican ranks. Sarah Palin, half-term Governor of Alaska and now full-time reality TV show star, dealt with a similar situation when her daughter, Bristol, became pregnant at 17.

Later, in an interview about her pregnancy on CNN, Bristol admitted that teaching teens abstinence and avoiding the topic of birth control or safe sex is

Not realistic at all.

See our earlier report, “There’s nothing sacred in virginity”.

 

22 responses to “Abstinence advocate has egg on his face”

  1. Ex Patriot says:

    When you want dark age material taught, the dark ages will come back and kick you square in the ass.

  2. David Anderson says:

    I tried safe sex once, bloody door slammed shut, got locked in for hours.

  3. Angela_K says:

    Oh how it cheers me up to see these people hoisted by their own petard. The same fate befell one S. Palin, lunatic of another religious parish.

  4. Norman Paterson says:

    Cassidy’s statement:

    Earlier this year, Laura and I learned we will become grandparents this summer. Our children have been the greatest blessing of our lives and we welcome our grandchild as a joyous addition to our family. Our daughter now faces a more challenging future than her peers. She has our unconditional love and support.

    … is a good response from caring parents. Perhaps the experience will give him pause to think again.

    I wonder what his position on abortion is. Abortion is the inescapable consequence of denying people sex education.

  5. AgentCormac says:

    Egg on the face over a bun in the oven. A recipe for political disaster.

  6. Stephen Mynett says:

    From the study: “States that prescribe abstinence-only sex education programs in public schools have significantly higher teenage pregnancy and birth rates than states with more comprehensive sex education programs, researchers from the University of Georgia have determined.”

    Glad to see academic evidence of this, although it has been blindingly obvious for years. I have listened to a lot of English prudes going on about the sexual morality of the Europeans because on inbred Victorian/church attitudes to sex. In the UK teenage pregnancy is a massive problem yet in the “less moral” Germany, where they are a lot more open about sex, it is not a major issue. Teenage pregnancy happens there but nowhere near the levels of England.

    Unfortunately, most religions are too bigoted to teach the truth, ie: sex is fun just be careful.

  7. Barry Duke says:

    “I wonder what his position on abortion is. Abortion is the inescapable consequence of denying people sex education.”

    He’s against abortion, Norman.

  8. Lurker111 says:

    Shouldn’t that headline, “Abstinence advocate has egg on his face” be “Abstinence advocate has egg and sperm on his face”?

    Yeah, I’m just being mean.

  9. barriejohn says:

    Agent Cormac: And a cherry lost!

  10. Norman Paterson says:

    Thanks, Barry. Interesting site, that!

    http://www.ontheissues.org/house/Bill_Cassidy_Gun_Control.htm

    Bill Cassidy will defend the Second Amendment rights of Louisiana citizens. According to the NRA, Cassidy is a “solidly pro-gun candidate” who has supported NRA positions on key votes in the Louisiana Legislature. Cassidy agrees with the NRA, and:
    • opposes banning of ammunition magazines;
    • opposes imposition of a new waiting period;
    • opposes federal firearm licensing or registration;
    • opposes “one-gun-a-month” restrictions

    I guess he’ll be buying a shotgun soon.

  11. AgentCormac says:

    @barriejohn

    Now, that takes the biscuit!

  12. Trevor Blake says:

    “No one born of a forbidden union may enter the assembly of the Lord. Even to the tenth generation, none of his descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord.” – Deuteronomy 23:2

    Nothing poisons a family like religion.

  13. Broga says:

    That must have been an interesting chat when his daughter told him she was pregnant. Some essential questions would have to be addressed:

    Dad: The father isn’t an atheist, is he? At least assure me of that.

    Daughter: No, I can reassure you on that. He is a devout Muslim and prays five times a day.

  14. Matt Westwood says:

    Pregnant at 17? Let’s face it, that’s really late for a girl to have her first child in America. Most American girls already have a family of 6 before they’re 12.

  15. Robster says:

    Why not a campaign to give the word ‘abstinence’ a whole new meaning? You know, like how the word ‘gay’ has a newish meaning or the word ‘mobile’, now means a phone as opposed to moving about. Abstinence with a bit of a push could be re-aligned to mean, say,’comprehensive and thorough sex education’, so godbots can preach on for hours about their abstinence (probably not by choice) while the kids will get a totally different message.

  16. Josh says:

    I don’t know what medieval hole you guys must have grown up in or been exposed to in ‘Murica, but I grew up in a conservative christian home in the UK, with conservative Christian parents who taught us that someone seeking to follow the teachings of Christ should save sex for marriage, and someone choosing to reject it should be aware of the facts and consequences of sex and birth control. My sister and I had a healthy, well informed understanding of sex from our early teens, and both chose to wait until marriage. Neither of us regret beginning a marriage without loads of emotional baggage. Abstinence =/= ignorance or brainwashing, when presented honestly. It also taught us to view people we were attracted to as more than simple objects to gratify our own selfish desires, unlike the little monsters you atheists are raising who are completely selfish, beat cheat and abuse their partners, and fuel the porn industry that exploits millions of helpless women around the world. Yes, there are Christians who are inconsistent hypocrites, and they should be shamed when they are caught. But you can be a completely consistent Atheist and still treat other people like dirt, and there is no moral condemnation another atheist can level at you without stealing a Christian worldview.

  17. Norman Paterson says:

    Josh – You are quite right, abstinence is not the same as ignorance or brainwashing. It is the ignorance and brainwashing that is the problem. For instance, you have a very strong view about atheists raising little monsters (I don’t need to quote you, it is there above). Where did this diatribe come from? My two “little monsters” are not at all as you describe, and in fact show a far better tolerance of others than you do. I think you are ignorant.

    I am particularly taken by your claim that only Christ has any morals. So when an atheist says we should treat one another as we would like to be treated, you would say he has stolen Jesus’s message. I have news for you. Jesus stole it too. The principle has been around for centuries before JC plagiarised it, (oops, there goes another moral!) and it was pretty certainly practiced for millennia at least before anyone managed to put it into words.

    I also note that you were brought up this way by your parents. That is the brainwashing bit. If you had been born to other parents you would have believed some other religion with just as much certainty. If that’s not so, can you explain how you managed to freely choose to believe Xianity? How were you able to recognise the superiority of JC’s morals, unless you had sufficient moral sense of your own to do so?

  18. Josh says:

    Norman – The “diatribe” is from experience. Our church family is a solitary haven of strong, loving, selfless marriages and parenting in a sea of cheating, abuse, violence, and selfishness. I live in one of the worst housing estates in the UK, and I see the results of raising self-centered, Godless children every day. Obviously, there are exceptions, but my point is this: their behaviour is consistent with the foundational truths of atheism, and cannot be refuted with atheism.

    Your “news” about Jesus isn’t news, it’s uninformed ignorance. God’s truth is eternal, and Jesus’ teachings repeated and reinforced it. And no, it was not practiced consistently. Every human civilization has oppressed, exploited and controlled, none have ever been able to achieve a society that lives up to the golden rule.

    If you’ll re-read what I said, I was not “brought up this way”, I was shown multiple ways and allowed to choose my own path. I chose Christianity because I saw that when it was practiced CONSISTENTLY, and honestly it’s teachings held true, and were of positive benefit to myself and others. I only became a serious follower of Christ in my late teens, and I am still by no means perfect. You see, in answer to your final question, I do have a sense of morality(everyone does), but only because I was made in the image of God. Athiests were too, hence their ability to judge morality, a construct completely alien to biological evolution.

  19. Norman Paterson says:

    Josh – I admire your efforts to better yourself and to avoid the downward spiral that you see pulling in so many around you, and I can understand your point of view. If you can keep coming back here I am sure you will have an interesting discussion – just don’t be put off if you get a strong response from some posters. To keep this post short, I have not addressed your other points, but we can come back to them.

    You have seen deprived and possibly depraved people all around, and you found a way to fight that through Jesus. But (a) why did you associate the antisocial behaviour with atheism? (b) why did you not choose, say, Islam, which has just as strong a message as Christianity? and (c) atheism has no “foundational truths.” It asserts nothing, it is not a movement or an organisation. It is an individual’s lack of belief, just like my own lack of belief in any particular football team.

    I would have placed the blame for your sea of antisocial behaviour on a mixture of social policies, housing architecture, teaching, economics and the like. Changes in these – and even doing things like promoting sports – can lift people out of these depressions, if they can be persuaded to take an active role. So can religion of course – as you have found. But religion is not a good solution in the long term or the wide area – as we see over the world and history as a whole. It’s no good saying the problems are all because religion was not practiced properly. You could say the same about the policies that resulted in these deprived areas. If only socialism (or whichever -ism you prefer) had been done “CONSISTENTLY, and honestly” then we would have heaven on earth. Well, if pigs had wings, they could fly.

  20. Laura Roberts says:

    Speaking of ignorance: Josh, you do realize there’s no such thing as a “foundational truth” in atheism? An atheist is a person who remains unconvinced by whatever evidence has been presented for the existence of any gods.

    As for abstinence, you’re welcome to do as you choose. Personally I consider abstinence a silly and unnecessary denial of one of the kindest things people can do for one another.

  21. Norman Paterson says:

    Interesting, but sad, that Josh has no more to say.