Friday, May 06, 2005

Judge Bans Condomed Cucumber Sex Ed Video

In all fairness the headline is only the tip of the mountain as to what the judge blocked. There is a judge in Maryland who should be applauded for ruling to stop a Montgomery County school system from instituting a new sex education program that would teach 8th to 10th graders religious standards (Quakers/Unitarians pro - Baptists against) in discussion of gay sexual practices and would demonstrate through a video the placement of a condom on a cucumber by a woman. Abstinence is also presented in the same video as the condomed cuke.

U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams wrote in his ruling, "The court is extremely troubled by the willingness of the defendants to venture, or perhaps more correctly, bound, into the crossroads of controversy where religion, morality and homosexuality converge." To illustrate the alienation of religious groups Williams wrote the Baptists were presented in the program as, "intolerant and biblically misguided".

At this time only the school district (as defendents) and these two groups, Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum and Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays named as the respondents are involved.

The question is, how long will it be before the ACLU becomes involved? If they are against the Texas legislatures bill to stop cheerleading routines containing overtly sexually suggestive choreography and the Texas ACLU director Will Harrell describes his displeasure with the legislation by saying, "This broad, morally restrictive legislation reminds me of the Taliban. Why not go all the way [then and] require them all to wear a burka?", and they are fighting to protect the rights of a group called the North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), then it is just a matter of time before they take up a position FOR the school (has that even happened before?) to support religious intolerance to be taught in conjunction with gay tolerance. (See Gribbit's Word for more on this).

Aside from being thoroughly outraged that a school system would even consider this kind curriculum in the first place, what truly boggled me was abstinence being talked about in a video which eventually leads to a woman demonstrating how to place a condom on a cucumber. That, to me, suggests that the authors of the curriculum have no faith in their ability to reach male students and fall back on the old stereotyped hyperbole that in the end it is up to the woman (through visual aide) to protect herself. This may be the reason that the ACLU will get involved - to protect womens rights to sheath sexually suggestive cucumbers.

This case has ACLU involvement written all over it. It bears watching.

posted by Is It Just Me? at 10:52 AM