Letter: Comprehensive sex ed sexualizes our children

Published 8:01 pm Friday, February 21, 2020

Tom Martinez’s letter of Feb. 7 attacked my Albert Lea presentation for opposing the pending state mandate on all public/charter schools to teach Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) from pre-K to 12th grade. This letter was full of false and distorted accusations. Here is some information that is true.

The biggest promoters of this CSE legislation (HF1414) are Planned Parenthood and the Sexuality Information and Education Consortium of the U.S. (SIECUS). My presentation demonstrated that. Planned Parenthood is also “the largest provider of comprehensive sex education in Minnesota” (their words).  Therefore, we should review what Planned Parenthood, SIECUS and other powerful national CSE advocates promote and teach as comprehensive sex ed.

One book they all promote is “It’s Perfectly Normal” as being age and developmentally appropriate for 10-year-olds. The book is sexually graphic and gives our kids tacit approval to be sexually active. It teaches there are three types of intercourse, all equally fine if they just do it safely, but only one type can get them pregnant. (The editors requested I not be explicit here, but it’s fine to be explicit for 10-year-olds.) These activities are dangerous and unhealthy for young people, and normalizing them as safe under any circumstances is one reason STD rates are soaring. Other CSE materials beginning in pre-K teach children they are gender fluid.

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Teaching bodily autonomy is one requirement of the bill. Those words are a rallying cry for abortion rights. Planned Parenthood also uses those words to mean young people have the right to be sexually active. It teaches kids that “any limitation on sexual rights must be non-discriminatory, including on the grounds of age.” (From “EXCLAIM! Young People’s guide to ‘sexual rights,’” p. 21.) Planned Parenthood teaches young people to lobby for their sexual rights.

CSE books are essentially how-to guides. Planned Parenthood invites sexual activity for the young: “Just have fun. Explore.” (A young person’s guide to their rights, sexuality and living with HIV, healthy, happy and hot.)

SIECUS admits that it aggressively promotes CSE as a tool for “social change.” In fact, last year they rebranded themselves as “SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change.” They brazenly call CSE “a golden opportunity to create a culture shift” to “dismantle the systems of power and oppression.” They work to confront power structures of “age, race, size, gender, gender identity and expression, class, sexual orientation and ability.” Wait, is this sex ed or a curriculum promoting leftist social justice ideology?

Our communities have a right to know what CSE is pushing under the false umbrella of sex ed. The bill throws in language that programs must “respect community values” when the community is thoroughly uninformed about what CSE curriculum teaches. Now they want to force CSE into all schools, removing all semblance of community control.

Please check it out for yourselves. CSE doesn’t teach kids boundaries. Instead, they are encouraged to have fun exploring sex in every imaginable way.

Julie Quist

St. Peter