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  • 'Who’s Going To Keep My Daughter Pure?': Optional Sex-Ed Class Enrages Conservative Parents

    Omaha Public Schools officials wanted to hold a community meeting last week to announce a new – optional – comprehensive sex education class being offered. They didn't expect fireworks.

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    The previous Omaha Public Schools (OPS) meeting had attracted only about 150 parents. Last week, school officials were greeted by a crowd of over 1000, including many belligerent and hysterical abstinence-only advocates.

    The abstinence-only proponents disrupted the meeting to such an extent that it had to be ended 45 minutes earlier than it was scheduled to be. OPS officials emphasized the fact that students had a choice to opt out of the proposed curriculum. Yet this fact seemed to have no effect on the level of outrage from conservative parents. One woman who was dubbed "puritymom" stood and screamed at OPS educators during the meeting.

    "It’s my daughter! My daughter! Who’s going to keep her pure? Nobody! I am! Not OPS! Not OPS!"

    Her mindset reflects the general attitude among many in the pro-abstinence movement who believe that sex before marriage will somehow make young people less "pure" or less "good" than they would have been had they waited until marriage. One common lesson in abstinence classes is the "stick of gum" example that compares students (usually female students) who engage in sexual activity to a stick of gum that has been chewed. This type of unscientific tactic has had an especially detrimental effect on victims of rape and sexual abuse.

    "Puritymom" was filmed during her tirade at the meeting:

    It wasn't just "puritymom" who caused havoc during the meeting. Several of the parents and audience members made it a point to threaten and intimidate members of the LGBTQ community. Among the proposed changes to the curriculum would be inclusive lessons about sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as emergency contraception, and abortion. 

    "A group of young LGBTQ people were threatened with violence by a mother and her son for being there, for not apologizing for their sexuality, and for supporting education that was respectful of their identities," recalled Jay Irwin, a University of Omaha professor who attended the meeting and wrote about it.

    "They were called evil, sinful, and told they were going to hell. The advisor that brought them, who is also queer identified, was told that she was teaching them how to be gay and that she should be ashamed of herself. When the advisor asked that the person be respectful, that’s when the threats of violence began. She ushered her groups out to make sure they stayed safe."

    CSE advocates in general were subject to harrassment at the meeting. Irwin also said that an atheist member of the audience was assaulted by some of the pro-abstinence advocates. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Planned Parenthood was a target of criticism by some (despite having nothing to do with the specific curriculum being proposed). 

    "Planned Parenthood has came in. There is a big ring here. We are fighting this on the state level as well," Amber Parker, a member of the audience, told local news organization WDAM.

    District officials deny that claim. 

    "They have never been involved," Dr. Karen Spencer-May, the district supervisor of human growth and development, said. "We made a commitment to this community 30 years ago that we would not involve Planned Parenthood, so we haven't. It's just too controversial for us."

    Another parent, Bernie Garcia, was interviewed by local health advocacy group LiveWellNebraska while he stood outside waving a sign that read, "Say No to Comprehensive Sex Ed." He claimed during the interview that the new program would teach children different sex positions and how to masturbate, despite having no concrete evidence of this.

    "That’s disgusting," Garcia said. "That’s not right. Children should learn about sex when they become adults."

    School officials said that in the past they have not really had this level of anger regarding curriculum changes. Spencer-May said that in the past most parents were content with their sex education program and that school officials had not experienced a reaction from the community like the one on Tuesday. Many might wonder what caused the change in attitudes among parents from ones of acceptance to ones of such extreme hostility.

    One answer, according to LiveWell reports, is that the angry mob that formed during last Tuesday night was inspired by social media posts, churches and other community organizations, including the right-wing Christian group Nebraskans for Founders’ Values. It's also believed that many of the more vocal attendees of the meeting may have been purely abstinence activists and even not members of the Omaha community. OPS officials said they believed many of the participants actually came from outside their district.


    Image: Screenshots via Facebook
    Hat tip: Raw Story

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    • commented 2015-10-27 17:52:43 -0400
      All good comments… I will say to IAN…In a true democracy the well labeled ‘fuckwits’ will and can be re educated themselves by the dedicated… Social Ostracism works.. just see all the DEMOS vs WBC whenevery they show out of their mole hole.
      I liked and have found multiple uses for the well written premise/sermon by Nish Weisith … which could be shared with all young Christian women.. gving them armor to defend themselves.
      My name is Nish.
      I am made in the image of God, and I am a woman….
      If I don’t have sex before marriage, I’m a prude. If I do have sex before marriage, I’m damaged goods.
      If I don’t have sex or don’t enjoy it, I’m a prude. If I do have sex, and heaven forbid enjoy it, I’m a whore.
      BUT We are made in the image of God, and we are women….and when I think of women, I don’t think of us cowering in the corner. I see resilience in the face of oppression. I see tenderness in the face of harshness. I see bravery in the face of cowardice.

      These young women need to stand up for themselves.

    • commented 2015-10-27 11:26:09 -0400
      Well, I have to agree with the other posters here, but one thing I’d like to add is that it’s been proven that abstinence only programs don’t work. Education is the key to unwanted pregnancies and STD’s. What the fuck is wrong with these rather young parents? You would think they would be more progressive about human sexuality than their elders. “Who’s going to keep my daughter pure?”. Bitch, that’s on YOUR hands, not the schools. If the schools can’t teach, then we have a bunch of stupid people running around, not knowing about their own reproductive systems. I had a friend who got pregnant at the age of 17, honor role student, she didn’t know that you could get pregnant by having sex. Her parents kept her out of health class, which is considered sex ed now days, and the result was having to raise their youngest child’s baby.

    • commented 2015-10-27 10:02:47 -0400
      What scares me is that people are willing to have sex with these morons. The gene pool could do without another generation of that tainting the water.

    • commented 2015-10-27 01:01:28 -0400
      Who left these people’s padded cell doors unlocked? And if it weren’t for Planned Parenthood, many of these parents, whether they want to accept the fact that their teens are having sex or not, would be grandparents if their ‘pure’ little angels didn’t have somewhere like PP to go to for birth control. All this hysteria over Planned Parenthood is getting so absurd and pathetic.It’s shit like this that makes America a laughing stock of the developed countries.

    • commented 2015-10-26 21:48:18 -0400
      These people are crazy. All we can hope is that their children rebel and get the fuck out of these homes.

    • commented 2015-10-26 20:55:45 -0400
      America is so screwed. How can you hope to continue to function as a democracy when you are so overwhelmed with these certifiably lunatic f@ckwits wielding so much influence?

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