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Bush & Co. Pushing Abstinence on Adults

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Posted on Oct 31, 2006
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From Salon

The federal government is expanding the scope of its abstinence programs to people up to age 29—proving yet again that the federal government takes its marching orders from Christian evangelicals who believe that Jesus is offended by premarital sex.

(h/t: Huff Po)

  • A relevant aside: H.L. Mencken defined puritanism as “the haunting fear that somebody, somewhere, is having a good time.”

  • USA Today:

    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.

    “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.”


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    By Leslie, November 2, 2006 at 1:44 am Link to this comment
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    This guy is an egomaniac.  I can’t wait until the Bush family fades into the sunset and is never heard from again.  People that need to worry about others sex life are usually frustrated sexually.  You’ve done enough dammage to this country.  Leave our sex lives alone..

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    By Jana, November 1, 2006 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment
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    This is the same guy who talks about ‘putting food on your families’ and how people and fish can co-exist! Does this guy have ANYTHING between his ears? This man already runs our soldier’s lives, and now he’s trying to run the rest of our lives, too.

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    By GW=MCHammered, November 1, 2006 at 11:30 am Link to this comment
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    I’m with the GOP on this one:

    And I blame Clinton too… Hillary Clinton. If she weren’t more machismo than all men rolled into one, Bill would not have been launched toward chunky chicks under the age of twenty-nine. According to a Republican official at NASA, Hillary is a potent cocktail of politico black hole and neoliberal uranus. A hermaphroditic, planetary flip-flopping, sexual crooner that an abstinence-only gay predator could love. That’s why I’m writing in that neocon uber-mensch with all the lover-man moves, Foley for President in 2008. Because we Virilicrats can’t risk having as Chief Executive someone with a bigger political thruster than ours… especially when that chief is a chick!

    Yahweh bless Americana, brutha.

    (the previous message was for entertainment purposes only - no insult intended to any existing or non-existing person, sexual preference, alien race, deity, news agency, body part, or Disney character)

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    By Rhonda, November 1, 2006 at 11:03 am Link to this comment
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    Is it just me, or does Dear Leader’s resemblence to an Islamo-fascist get stronger every day?

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    By Lillian, November 1, 2006 at 8:26 am Link to this comment
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    It was the George & Barbara Bush who should have abstained.

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    By mickeyjay31, October 31, 2006 at 4:52 pm Link to this comment
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    Well, I have to say this comes as no surprise.  Of course, GW doesn’t want people to have sex before marriage.  In fact, rumor has it, he wants to outlaw it all together.  I’m sure wife, Laura, will be his strongest backer.  Who the hell wants a drunk toad, crawling all over you while reciting the 23 Paslm and promising not to tell Donald Rumsfeld.  Ah, come on.  Does this not set a pattern?  He doesn’t want gays having sex because he’s afraid it will begat more gays.  Of course, if Hispanics engage in sex, all those little ones will be scurring under the 700 mile fence he wants to erect.  And speaking of erections, America’s been riding this Right Winged screwing long enough! What we do with our sex life and when we do it is nobody’s business—married, single, straight, or gay.  George, go home and try and get you some before she heads for the hills and you’ll have to do it yourself.

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    By yours truly, October 31, 2006 at 3:48 pm Link to this comment
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    Next he’ll be checking on who’s having wet dreams.  The first thing there’‘ll be this questionaire everyone has to fill out.  Then when the answer he gets invaribaly is “Of course I don’t!’), Bush will be forced to decide who among us will be asked to agree to submit to the latest scientific test that determines whether or not one is guilty as charged.  And then knowing that the penalty fits the crime

    That’s the bad news.  The good news is that   there is a way out for us,  which is that Tuesday next we change the world.  We win, that’ll be the start.  The follow-up?  That’s up to us. .

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    By Kate, October 31, 2006 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment
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    Seriously? I think we need to get into the habit of questioning everything

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    By Maricia, October 31, 2006 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment
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    What a joke!!! Ain’t never going to happen!!! Maybe the gals should wear BURKAS!! Or perhaps people should cast stones!!

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