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July 13, 2007

Good News, and Bad News

Filed under: Controlling Birth Control,Family,Weirdos and Hippies — Sisyphus @ 9:37 am

CNN:

Fewer high school students are having sex these days, and more are using condoms. The teen birth rate has hit a record low.

More young people are finishing high school, too, and more little kids are being read to, according to the latest government snapshot on the well-being of the nation’s children. It’s good news on a number of key wellness indicators, experts said of the report being released Friday.

“The implications for the population are quite positive in terms of their health and their well-being,” said Edward Sondik, director of the National Center for Health Statistics. “The lower figure on teens having sex means the risk of sexually transmitted diseases is lower.”

In 2005, 47 percent of high school students — 6.7 million — reported having had sexual intercourse, down from 54 percent in 1991. The rate of those who reported having had sex has remained the same since 2003.

Of those who had sex during a three-month period in 2005, 63 percent — about 9 million — used condoms. That’s up from 46 percent in 1991.

The teen birth rate, the report said, was 21 per 1,000 young women ages 15-17 in 2005 — an all-time low. It was down from 39 births per 1,000 teens in 1991.

“This is very good news,” said Sondik. “Young teen mothers and their babies are at a greater risk of both immediate and long-term difficulties.”

The birth rate in the 15-19 age group was 40 per 1,000 in 2005, also down sharply from the previous decade.

Education campaigns that started years ago are having a significant effect, said James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth, a Washington-based nonprofit group that focuses on prevention of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

“I think the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the efforts in the ’80s and ’90s had a lot to do with that,” Wagoner said of the improved numbers on teen sex, condoms and adolescent births.

The good news is, fewer teens are fornicating. The bad news is, more condoms are being used. From this, we can draw the conclusion that while fewer teens are sinning, those who do sin sin twice as much. Clearly, a moral divide is becoming more defined. The saved and the damned are choosing their sides, and choosing them more starkly than before.

It is good news for America that more of our young people have chosen the ways of Godliness, but I must confess that the thought of these poor teenage souls in damnation fills me with pity.

26 Comments »

  1. There need to be special schools or prisons for children who fornicate. They could contaminate the decent children otherwise. Why hasn’t anyone come up with a plan like that?

    Comment by Marcia P. — July 13, 2007 @ 10:43 am | Reply

  2. What if you have sin in your heart? I mean, what if you want to fornicate but the situation does not arise? s this any different? I have a friend that would like to know.

    Comment by Pinko Punko — July 13, 2007 @ 10:52 am | Reply

  3. Premarital sex is only logical! Would you buy a car without test-driving it first?🙂

    Comment by Adam Nelson — July 13, 2007 @ 11:05 am | Reply

  4. The sin is no different from the act. These children need to go to special schools. Either that, or to prisons. We can’t allow them to infect the decent children. Our childrens’ souls are at stake!

    Comment by Marcia P. — July 13, 2007 @ 11:06 am | Reply

  5. Often it is said.

    “What about the children?”

    Still, not every child is destined to be saved, or loved by Jesus. Some are needed to flesh out the ranks of the fast-food and car-washing industries.

    I guess if we take all these sex-having, lying, bratty kids and sterilze them and put tehm all in trade schools for menial service industries, then that would be OK.

    Comment by Happy Clam — July 13, 2007 @ 11:19 am | Reply

  6. “not every child is destined to be saved”

    I can’t believe you call yourself a Christian. Everyone has a destiny. Does not mean everyone will go for it, but everyone has the chance. You are no more special in that than the next guy.

    I have more for the rest of you, but it’ll have to wait.

    Comment by La Mona — July 13, 2007 @ 11:29 am | Reply

  7. I applaud the good sense of those who abstain and those who don’t but protect their health while sinning.

    Comment by Bob Baffet — July 13, 2007 @ 11:38 am | Reply

  8. “The sin is no different from the act. These children need to go to special schools. Either that, or to prisons. We can’t allow them to infect the decent children. Our childrens’ souls are at stake!”

    Nazim meets eugenics, anyone?

    Comment by Adam Nelson — July 13, 2007 @ 11:52 am | Reply

  9. “There need to be special schools or prisons for children who fornicate. They could contaminate the decent children otherwise. Why hasn’t anyone come up with a plan like that?”

    And they should put away the likes of you wherever it is they put away your fellow fundamentalists from Iraq and Afghanistan.

    “Premarital sex is only logical! Would you buy a car without test-driving it first?”

    Good point!

    Comment by Skeptic — July 13, 2007 @ 12:00 pm | Reply

  10. “The sin is no different from the act. These fundamentalist idiots need to go to special schools. Either that, or to prisons. We can’t allow them to infect the decent children. Our childrens’ souls are at stake!”

    Comment by Adam Nelson — July 13, 2007 @ 12:06 pm | Reply

  11. This is good news.
    It shows that the unwavering educational policies of Senator Brownback and his support for President Bush’s Abstinence Only directive have born fruit.

    No longer are any Federal monies spent on any organization that teaches anything but abstinence.

    I just saw that the First Lady just returned from the Dark Continent of Africa where she toured with the American Aids prevention organizations that are now spreading abstinence rather than condoms. She was beaming with pride that Americans would care so much to help implement the current Aids/HIV prevention campaign.

    It is so sad, in some countries they have lost to HIV infection 40% of the adult population between 16 and 50 years old. Leaving only the early teens and the old people to support families of many children.

    Hopefully with our tried and tested policies of abstinence we can teach these young heads of housholds to just say no rather than give in to the carnal temptations of prostitution, polygamy and poverty when they come knocking on the door of the hut.

    Comment by Johnny D. Rotten — July 13, 2007 @ 1:12 pm | Reply

  12. “The good news is, fewer teens are fornicating. The bad news is, more condoms are being used. From this, we can draw the conclusion that while fewer teens are sinning, those who do sin sin twice as much.”

    WoW! This clearly comes from an intellectual giant–not like the rest of us, mental midgets. And here I thought it was the Catholic Church that had the exclusive license on this kind of reasoning.

    So copulating with a condom is twice as bad as without? Care to cite a biblical passage that supports this claim? And don’t try to go back to Onan–his problem was masturbation, not contraception.

    How about heterosexual anal sex? Is it a greater sin to do it with a condom than without? And if we are going for a quantitative hierarchy here, what is worse–homosexual sodomy without a condom or heterosexual with? And what is a more sinful sex toy–cucumber or a banana?

    Sisiphus, the only real “saving” that “these teenage souls” deserve is being saved from the likes of you! And if you don’t like it, you can join the like-minded crowds in Tehran or in Mecca. Your words are the greatest weapon the Godless Atheists have in the Culture Wars.

    Comment by Buck Turgidson — July 13, 2007 @ 1:12 pm | Reply

  13. Can you imagine how large that pile of condoms would be used by 9,000,000 fornicators? This mental exercise should give you some kind of idea of what we are up against.

    And Adam, while I do sympathize with your idea of women as property (cars), I do not support your concept of free love (used cars).

    To extend the auto metaphor, would you buy a new car with stains on the seats, tears in the dashboard and cigarette butts on the floor? I don’t know about you, but I prefer that new car smell of a virgin automobile.

    Comment by Psycheout — July 13, 2007 @ 1:44 pm | Reply

  14. and you certainly would not want to by a used car that some of these teenage fornicators defiled by chucking used condoms under the seats. I heard that’s what they do with them.

    ewwww gross!

    Comment by Happy Clam — July 13, 2007 @ 2:28 pm | Reply

  15. “I don’t know about you, but I prefer that new car smell of a virgin automobile.”

    Like you’d know.

    Comment by Adam Nelson — July 13, 2007 @ 2:36 pm | Reply

  16. The answer, it seems, would be to adminster a biblical knowlege test and a medical examination to determine blessedness and virginity at the time of high school admission. those who fail will be put immediately to death.

    Comment by Ignatius R. Lally — July 13, 2007 @ 4:29 pm | Reply

  17. Wait, condoms are sinful now?

    Comment by Linus — July 13, 2007 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

  18. “The answer, it seems, would be to adminster a biblical knowlege test and a medical examination to determine blessedness and virginity at the time of high school admission. those who fail will be put immediately to death.”

    Well, at least you’d never have to worry about the second portion of the test.

    Comment by Adam Nelson — July 13, 2007 @ 6:48 pm | Reply

  19. *sniggers*

    I bet you didn’t even get that…

    Comment by Linus — July 13, 2007 @ 8:20 pm | Reply

  20. Obviously, we need special schools for automobiles that fornicate.

    And thank heavens for Laura Bush. Saving all those Africans from condoms. That’s just so brilliant. They had never heard about sexual abstinence before and now that they have, everybody is crazy for it!

    Nobel committee, I hope you’re paying attention.

    Comment by i_capricorn — July 13, 2007 @ 8:56 pm | Reply

  21. Okay, I’ve never once believed that this site was meant as parody, but I’m sure hoping that Ignatius R. Lally is, because, if not, then he(she?) is WAAAY out in the deep end!

    Comment by indyandy — July 13, 2007 @ 10:28 pm | Reply

  22. “Nazim meets eugenics, anyone?”

    Typical treefrog hysteria. It sounds like a rational solution to a catastrophic problem, to me.

    “Wait, condoms are sinful now?”

    Always have been. You were probably too busy fornicating to notice your soul wending its way to damnation.

    Comment by Sisyphus — July 14, 2007 @ 9:51 am | Reply

  23. “Typical treefrog hysteria. It sounds like a rational solution to a catastrophic problem, to me.”

    Nazism WAS a great solution to a catastrophic problem. Under Nazim, Germany literally pulled themselves out of their depression by their bootstraps. The drawback was that millions of people had to die for it, and many more to live in abject fear. That is exactly what you are proposing.

    Comment by Adam Nelson — July 14, 2007 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

  24. “There need to be special schools or prisons for children who fornicate. They could contaminate the decent children otherwise. Why hasn’t anyone come up with a plan like that?”

    Why? Because the majority has a brain that functions. (You wouldn’t understand.) Everyone sins. And as every sin is bad to God, by your logic we should all be in prisons. (Note: Christians “fornicate” as well. Being a Christian does not make you a perfect person.)

    “We can’t allow them to infect the decent children. Our childrens’ souls are at stake!”

    Yea, wouldn’t want the other kids taking your job away. I feel for any kids left within a fifty foot radius of you.

    “The answer, it seems, would be to adminster a biblical knowlege test and a medical examination to determine blessedness and virginity at the time of high school admission. those who fail will be put immediately to death.”

    Yea, you try that in a country with religious freedom. And medical exam? You mean Science??? Would you be willing to take your own tests? In that order? As Adam is right–it’ll conserve time and effort.

    Now, someone explain to me why condoms are bad. I’m interested to hear this one.

    *Note that I am not in favor of premarital sex. But not everyone believes that, and those that do under their beliefs make mistakes. Read the Bible all you who wish to kill these “fornicators” and tell me what Jesus did. Thanks.

    Comment by La Mona — July 14, 2007 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

  25. La Mona, I agree with you. All those others, I dont know how you would call yourself Christians. Children out of wedlock and their mothers are human. Well, God and Jesus think so anyway, you guys … well, you’re the ones sinning here arent ya, talking about your brothers and sisters like that

    Comment by Amy — July 14, 2007 @ 8:03 pm | Reply

  26. Jesus was conceived out of wedlock, and everyone assumed the Mary had had premarital sex. You would have locked her in prison and taken her baby away. And maybe killed her.

    Comment by Salmo — July 16, 2007 @ 11:30 am | Reply


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