I seriously don’t get Utah.
Some time ago I wrote about the state’s decision to further tighten liquor laws. This morning I heard about the Utah state Senate passing a bill on Tuesday that would allow schools to drop sex education, prohibit instruction on how to use contraception, and prohibit discussion of homosexuality in class, as reported by the The Salt Lake Tribune.
I didn’t think it was possible to fit so much bullshit into a single sentence. Talk about an “out of sight, out of mind” approach: if we don’t talk about it, it’ll go away, we swear. Teens won’t notice they’re getting frisky and Mike won’t realize he’s attracted to Jerry. They’ll chuck it all up to having extra energy somehow, which they’ll put to great use by doubling their cake-baking efforts and door-to-door visits to show you they light.
You think I sound rude. What about that part of the bill where teachers are banned from talking about gay issues, even when prompted by a student? Like homosexuals were some sort of second class citizens. Like they don’t deserve to be acknowledged. That’s perfectly acceptable?
Learning about sex and contraceptives doesn’t mean kids are going to turn around and put that knowledge into practice. It just means they will be able to make informed decisions if necessary. Furthermore, this bill makes sex, contraceptives and gays sound like something wrong, unnatural, dirty. It enforces intolerance and advocates that ignorance is bliss. In this day and age you’d think we’d be moving forward, not backwards.