Wed Nov 1st, 2006 at 08:31:11 AM EST
BushCo seems to be drifting further and further into madness. According to the Washington Post, sexual abstinence isn't just for teens any more.
The federal government's "no sex without marriage" message isn't just for kids anymore.
Now the government is targeting unmarried adults up to age 29 as part of its abstinence-only programs, which include millions of dollars in federal money that will be available to the states under revised federal grant guidelines for 2007.
The government says the change is a clarification. But critics say it's a clear signal of a more directed policy targeting the sexual behavior of adults.
Fans of dystopian fiction will be cheered by yet another move which seems to be trying to turn despairing satire into reality.
Fans of small government will also appreciate that millions of tax dollars are being spent on an ideological program - instead of something useful, such as promoting contraception as the best way to avoid unwanted pregnancy. And making sure that an excellent education - an established predictor of deferred parenthood - is available to everyone.
As one expert says:
"They've stepped over the line of common sense," said James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that supports sex education. "To be preaching abstinence when 90% of people are having sex is in essence to lose touch with reality. It's an ideological campaign. It has nothing to do with public health."
But the news isn't entirely bad. This PR coup has been timed to be a guaranteed crowd pleaser in the run-up to the mid-terms.
It's sure to go down particularly well with younger voters.