Now, I recently learned that California is giving free condoms to teenagers. As far as I have learned, the California Department of Public Health so far is the only organization behind this. However, because federal taxpayer dollars fund the program, I wonder if President Obama and his administration would also have significant involvement in providing condoms for teenagers. After all, during the 2008 election, Obama voiced his support for contraception in schools:
“I’ve got two daughters — 9 years old and 6 years old,” Mr. Obama said. “I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.…So it doesn’t make sense to not give them information.”
And with the Obama administration regulating school lunches - even homemade lunches -, I would not put it past this government. But what is the underlying belief that leads governments to conclude that teenagers need free condoms?
Behind every belief, there are numerous additional beliefs. For example, I believe that Jesus died to save humanity from their sins. In order to believe that, I need to believe that humanity is born sinful in need of a savior. And I do believe humanity is born sinful in need of a savior. I also need to believe that God is loving and merciful. I do believe that.
Now, this nation has a problem with teen sex. One group believes in abstinence education because that group believes teenagers capable of making choices and capable of choosing whether or not to have sex. Other group believes in contraception because they believe teenagers cannot control their bodies. Now, the other group can point to statistical data, but statistical data does not change the question that these are choices. Statistical data only shows us which choices teenagers decided to make.
So, the underlying belief behind providing federally-funded contraception in high schools is the belief that teenagers cannot control their bodies or their hormones. Does the government think that teenagers are animals? Dogs and cats cannot control their sexual urges; this is the very reason dogs and cats need to be spayed and neutered.
Dear readers, I wonder if you remember the movie Spartacus from the early Civil Rights era? Made at the start of the Civil Rights movement, the movie was an overall condemnation of slavery. One of the early scenes, the slave-owners give Spartacus a woman Varinia for mating. The slave-owners then climb above the room to watch through slotted bars in the ceiling. Spartacus shouts at them: "I am NOT an animal!" and asks the young woman her name. Thus begins a friendship and a later a romance, but it began without sex because Spartacus chose not to. The underlying belief behind slavery is the belief that certain people are animals. As animals, they cannot control their sexual urges. This is the exact same underlying belief that racist white people had toward black people even during the Civil Rights era.
Now, today's teenagers never suffer from oppression and never suffer from what plagued African-Americans prior to Civil Rights. I have no wish to confound the matter. I merely state that the beliefs regarding sex are the same. Racist white people considered blacks incapable of controlling their sexual urges, which led to white paranoia. Today's government - and many citizen adults - considers teenagers to be animals incapable of controlling their sexual urges. I know because I have had similar conversations with teachers and parents. Many teachers and some parents do consider teenagers animals. The belief that certain people are animals can lead to many abuses.
I believe that teenagers can control their bodies and can choose their actions, but many factors shape a person's decision. Culture plays an important part in sexuality and sexual behavior. In China 200 years ago, a woman's bound and broken feet aroused men sexually. In Heian era Japan, blackened teeth were sexually arousing, but in today's culture, the sight of charcoal teeth would halt the sex drive. Most people today think of sex as a purely biological matter, but sex is intricately linked to culture and cultural beliefs.
And today's culture has changed from the culture of the 1980s, not to mention from the 1950s and 1910s. The culture influencing teenagers' choices is different from the culture that influenced choices in the 1980s. Take a look at this early Madonna music video: Madonna is dressed very conservatively and prudely by today's standards. Also, forty seconds into the video, a large group of teenagers are shown dancing. These teenagers are spaced very far apart, and their bodies do not touch. This is the complete opposite of what occurs during today's high school dances in which teenagers rub thoroughly against each other's bodies while teachers watch with amusement. Teenagers in the 1980s chose to act and to dance very differently from teenagers in today's culture.
When we neglect to teach children how to make proper and moral decisions - when we neglect to teach them self-control - then, the children become like harlots, the very thing that the Bible condemns (Deuteronomy 23:17). Giving children condomns is NOT teaching them to make responsible decisions. Giving them condoms is an abdication of adult responsibility and a surrender to cultural corruption.
So, what is it within today's culture that convinces teenagers to choose to have sex? Well, the culture itself places too high a value upon sex. To be honest, providing teenagers with federally-funding condoms is not the first time the government involved itself in sexual matters.
Obama's healthcare plan requires all companies to pay insurance to give women contraception. This plan encountered a snag when it meant that religious universities and hospitals also needed to provide contraception in its insurance program.
The purpose behind contraception is to circumvent the natural purpose of sex. This is the reason drug manufacturers make contraception. The sexually-active tend to use contraception. So, the mere fact that the government believes contraception is so vitally important as to mandate it in a healthcare plan reveals the high significance that the government places upon sex.
Government insists that teenagers should have free condoms, and government insists that women should have free contraception. Some people try to portray this as a women's rights vs religious freedom issue, but I do not see how providing free contraception through government programs could be a women's rights matter.
Why should any insurance company or tax money pay for what women choose to do with their bodies? All this talk about "my body, my choice," and yet, by compelling others to pay for things such as contraception, the personal responsibility for individual choice has been abdicated and shrugged off onto others. It is as though some women claim empowerment by insisting others be their provider. Women should pay for their own choices, so they should pay for their own contraception. Likewise, men should also pay for their own condoms. I speak as a woman.
The duty of the government is to protect the rights of all people. But why is there this big focus on sex as a woman's fundamental right that requires immense government involvement? Women who choose not to have sex seldom have any need for contraception, so the whole point behind covering contraception is having sex. The "reproductive health" argument makes little sense. Reproductive health would enable the woman to reproduce successfully, but contraception and abortion negate the reproductive system. Therefore, because they negate the reproductive system, contraception and abortion are dangerous to reproductive health. I understand the "woman's choice" argument, but the "reproductive health" argument is nonsensical. I speak as a woman.
So, this argument over contraception reveals the high emphasis this culture places upon sex and in particular upon sex as women's empowerment.
But the over-emphasis on sex is a false and misguided sense of empowerment. Phyllis Chesler sums up the notion of misguided feminism in her book "The Death of Feminism."
How would Vagina Monologue performances help women who are being held captive in brothels? ...
Around the world, girls and women are being systematically, repeatedly, and publically gang raped as a weapon of war; girl children are sold by their parents, young women are lured by pimps or kidnapped right off the streets and locked into brothels against their will. Many American feminists focus on a woman's right to heterosexual, bisexual, and lesbian pleasure. (pg 5)
There is a time and place for sex, and that is between a husband and wife within marriage. What happened with sex as empowerment in America is that sex became separated from marriage and from the bedroom into the public for the public to watch. The end result was Britney Spears singing "I'm a slave to you," and Lady Gaga "I wanna be your hooker," and Justin Timberlake ripping off a woman's shirt during superbowl halftime. Ariel Levy has written an entire book "Female Chauvinist Pigs" about how this false empowerment dehumanizes women and objectifies women. Perhaps this explains why American feminists focus more on achieving sex than on fighting sexual abuse. If they focus on sexual abuse, then sex would no longer seem so desirable or empowering. Perhaps with pop icons singing "I wanna be your hooker," women no longer understand the difference between empowerment and exploitation, so feminists can do nothing.
And again, I recall these words from the Bible:
For when [false teachers] speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption. (2 Peter 2:18-19)
So, according to the government.... teenagers need condoms, women need contraception... guess who needs viagra?
In 2010, news emerged that the Obama healthcare plan funded viagra to certain men. Only, these are not the types of men who should be out there enjoying themselves. Perhaps the government assumed that these men suffered from a dysfunction that viagra could cure? Back in the day, people wanted government to get out of the bedroom, but government continues to be very much involved in bedroom matters.
The whole anti-slavery concept of refraining from sex and shouting "I am NOT an animal!" is a forgotten lesson in today's culture. Actually, today's culture prefers to think of men as grunting brutes incapable of controlling their sexual urges as a local commercial portrayed with subtitles about STDs. This is the culture in which the government desires to fund viagra for men, condoms for teenagers, and contraception for women. Gone is the intelligent, eloquent and handsome gentleman. Gone is human reason and human self-control. Gone is personal responsbility and dignity.
Now, arguing on the basis that we share the same culture... when you look at the high-emphasis our government places upon sex and the high emphasis everywhere else, is it any wonder that teenagers have such a high rate of sexual activity?
Dear readers, I had forgotten to add my beliefs about humanity. Some of you might be fellow-believers, but some of you might not be. I believe that humanity is more than mere animals. Dear readers, we need to toss aside the misguided notion that humans are animals because such a false belief has led to numerous abuses and violations throughout history and even in this current age. I believe that humanity was orginally created in the image of God, but that humanity has falled away from this perfect image through sin and the sin nature. Only faith and dedication to Jesus Christ can restore us to the original image of perfection.
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