Real Sex Education, For Real People.

I just had to post some good news today. Hooray, Governor Spitzer!

The state has turned down millions of dollars in federal funding for abstinence-only sex-education programs.

State Health Commissioner Richard Daines calls the Bush administration’s abstinence-only Program a failed health care policy that’s based on ideology and not science.

And thank you, Commissioner Daines, for that clear statement.

Let me take his statement one step further: The Bush Administration and its Fascist enablers and true believers don’t want public policy, because really, they don’t believe in the public. They believe in cartoon representations of the public, all of them unflattering.

Let me give an example of what I’m talking about. Bill O’Reilly, one of the most reliable Bush apologists on the planet, made the following incredible statement on the O’Reilly Factor:

Discussing his recent dinner with Rev. Al Sharpton at the Harlem restaurant Sylvia’s, Bill O’Reilly reported that he “couldn’t get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia’s restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it’s run by blacks, primarily black patronship.”

I would love to hear Bill O’Really explain what he thought was going to happen at Sylvia’s. Body-armor-clad waiters? Scantily-dressed women offering to, um, soap up his loofah? An OTB parlor in the back?

Sadly, ol’ Bill knows his audience. They have no interest in educating themselves about other aspects of American life. All you have to do is go on one of the right-wing websites like FreeRepublic.com and look at the comments. You’ll see nothing but stereotypes masquerading as cultural understanding. “Welfare queens,” “Islamofascists,” “illegal immigrants” (used to cover all brown people, legal or not), “faggots,” “bitches,” etc. etc. etc. A cartoon is so much easier to demonize than a real person, isn’t it?

Well, Governor Spitzer has decided that real people need real sex education. Instead of punishing children and teenagers for their lack of knowledge about health issues, he’s going to inform and educate them instead.

What a difference a Democrat makes…

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