Letter to the editor – Focus schools on academics

To the editor,

I really take issue with your “opinion” article, “ Wrong signal to donors ” [Philanthropy Journal, 12/22/03].

How can you say that the teaching of abstinence is misguided and imply that “honest” discussion about birth control and homosexuality somehow is not?

It was homosexual behavior that accelerated the spread of AIDS throughout the U.S., and the widespread use of birth control has allowed generations of young people to view sexual relations as recreational, rather than the serious and life-changing activity that it really is.

You admit that schools have a tough time teaching the basics.

I would agree. But have you asked yourself why?

If children had a mindset to abstain from sexual activity until adulthood, you would think that would help them to focus on becoming better students.

When children’s hormones are raging and they’re already being bombarded with messages that tell them that “sex outside of marriage is OK,” don’t you think that the abstinence message provides a healthy balance if nothing else?

Better yet, let’s leave the teaching of sexuality to the parents. That way, more classroom hours can be spent on academics.

The abstinence message won’t hurt fundraising. Anyone that knows the real statistics knows that most people favor abstinence until marriage.

Just ask yourself these questions:

Has the abstinence message ever hurt anyone?

Has the promotion and facilitation of birth control contributed to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases?

Has the message that “homosexual behavior is an acceptable alternative lifestyle” encouraged young people to either continue or begin such behavior, eventually leading to some being infected with HIV?

Kevin D. Feldman, director of grant development, manager of special fundraising projects, The Christian Broadcasting Network, Virginia Beach, Va.

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