Saturday, January 19, 2008

clash of titans enters third year 

More MoCo wingnuts:

A six-year battle over the content of a new sex education curriculum in Montgomery County schools came down to two questions posed yesterday in a Rockville courtroom: Can the school board legally teach students that homosexuality is innate? And can the lessons discuss sex acts other than copulation?

Montgomery educators are defending the new curriculum, approved by the school board last summer, which addresses sexual orientation as a classroom topic for the first time. The lessons place the county at the fore of a trend among some of the nation's public schools toward more candor in discussing homosexuality. But they have prompted a strenuous challenge from religious conservatives who see the curriculum as a one-sided endorsement of homosexuality.


Opponents object to language in the condom lesson about oral and anal sex. Bolling said those passages violate a state prohibition against material that "portrays erotic techniques of sexual intercourse."

Jonathan Frankel, an attorney for the advocacy group Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Area, offered the judge further perspective. "There's a big difference," he said, "between the condom video and the Kama Sutra."

What a dilemma. On the one hand, they're clearly not going far enough. I think everyone's life would have been a lot better had we learned Sky Foot and Congress of a Herd of Cows just a few years earlier. On the other hand, Mr. Frankel should really keep his mouth shut lest he give MoCo School Board any ideas. It's a slippery slope from a condom instructional to the day when it will be impossible to find wank material that you didn't already see in high school.

If the fundies really want us to cut out the pleasure stuff, they should put porn in schools. Trying to rub one out while being unable to rid yourself of the image of Mrs. McKee dilating on the finer points of Suze Randall's lighting techniques will make even the most perfunctory procreative act seem like a tour of duty.


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