Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Too Rich, We Had to Mention It

I shouldn't, I know, but I was looking at the Ex-Recall blog. You know, "a group of parents and taxpayers who want the Montgomery County, MD Board of Education to be responsible in their sex education curriculum." Well, today they're going crazy over this book, Alice on the Outside. Listen to this:
Mental Molestation By 'Educators'

Montgomery County is setting for offensive children's "fiction"

From the sick minds of 'educators' comes this book in the Alice series, whose sole purpose is to destroy the innocence of children disguised as education. Hiding behind the label 'educator', these people should be more rightly called mental molestors.

Sex/Sexuality "Education" Book in Elementary and Middle Schools

Alice on the Outside is the 11th book in the "Alice" book series. Alice is now a 13-year old and in 8th grade. This book is mainly focused on sex and boys but has two other significant subplots. One is about a lesbian friend and homosexual advocacy/acceptance in general. The other subplot is about a "Consciousness-Raising Week" training session in school...

For weeks, maybe months, I've been thinking it's funny that the Ex-Recall people say they don't want to recall the school board, but they keep saying things, like calling them "mental molestors" and so on. Like, in the post before this one, they say, "We are here to stay, and we can’t wait until election day." Mmm, that's a darkly veiled threat, eh?

But then I started reading this, and I realized -- it isn't even our school district that has this book. All these schools they mention are in Fairfax County, Virginia!

The big scandal is that the book is set in Montgomery County!

Can you imagine that? They want to go through other counties' school libraries, complaining about books that mention Montgomery County in an unpuritanical way!

Oh, this is rich.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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April 26, 2005 9:36 PM  
Blogger JimK said...

Poof. Moronic comment disappears.

April 26, 2005 9:57 PM  
Blogger JimK said...

Listen, you wanna say something, feel free. You just want to make noise, do it somewhere else. You don't have to agree with us, like us, approve of us, respect us (reminds me of an old Dylan tune... ), but if you'd like to comment, there will be a little requirement that there must be content to what you "say."

April 26, 2005 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Ron said...

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April 28, 2005 8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS IS REGARDING POST:
"DO YOU THINK THIS WAY?"

Tish... I am really sorry to hear about what happen to your daughter. As a parent you have that right to vacinate your child/ren for this STD if you want to. This is a personal decision and should be handled as such.
I honestly don't believe that kids should be vacinated for this... this of course is my personal opinion.

Regarding Jim and Isabel... you two have no clue about anything. I mean "NONE!" This disease (HPV) can be spread from skin-to-skin contact on the genitalia area. Ask any doctor... read the info from the CDC. And of course you can not get it from shaking hands. I'd expect for you to say something stupid and redicilous like this... this is what is expected from your group. You're a running joke!!! You guys always go for the extreme. For goodness sakes... you claim to teach the facts... you really need to get the facts! HPV can be spread by skin-to-skin contact EVEN IF YOU USE A CONDOM. GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT! Why does everyone think that the condom is the be all and end all solution to spreading diseases. IT IS NOT! WAKE UP PEOPLE! We should be giving children all the facts on the reasons NOT TO HAVE SEX... and not go along and showing them how to... or even encouraging this behavior in children. WHAT KIND OF PARENT ARE YOU? Don't you care about protecting your kids from all the diseases they could potentially get by being sexually active? If so, why are you encouraging this behavior in CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!! Let me tell you a secret... listen carefully.... the only way to protect themselves 100% from contracting any disease of any type is to NOT DO IT! NO TOUCHING, NO RUBBING, NO KISSING, NO SUCKING, NO NOTHING! Got it! What is wrong with telling the kids this. They're not old enough to even consider having sexual acts... this is for grown ups and should be taught such. Forget what everyone else is doing... this is for their safety and well being.

As society would have it, I wouldn't be surprised if some of you "so called parents" let your children have sex in your own homes! I tell you... some people really don't need to be parents... starting with you Jim! And you Isabel... you are truly a disgrace to the hispanic community. Keep on speaking up... us hispanics are listening and need to see your true colors for what it is... a willing participant to the destruction of our communities and the generations to follow.

By the way let me respond to you now before you even say it... so what that I am submitting my comment as anonymous. If you don't like the fact that I am doing this... why offer this as an identity option? ... I know this is killing you... if this bothers you that much... I'll tell you my name... Suzie Q. How does this work for you Jim K.?

April 28, 2005 10:38 AM  
Blogger JimK said...

Ron, you blew it, we don't need that stuff here. Bye-bye.

Anon, I'd like to reply to you in a low-key and rational way, OK? First of all, regarding HPV contagiousness, we don't disagree on that. I went to the CDC web site (http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pubs/facts/condoms.htm ), where they said "While the effect of condoms in preventing human papillomavirus infection is unknown, condom use has been associated with a lower rate of cervical cancer, an HPV-associated disease." I went to the NIH web site ( http://www.niaid.nih.gov/factsheets/stdhpv.htm ), where they say "Research studies have not confirmed that male latex condoms prevent transmission of HPV, but studies do suggest that using condoms may reduce your risk of developing diseases linked to HPV, such as genital warts and cervical cancer." Both sites agree, there is at least some benefit in using a condom with HPV. We all agree that the virus may be on a part of the body that is not protected by a condom, and can be spread even when the man wears a condom.

No big argument there.

The post you are referring to talks about a vaccine against HPV, which is an entirely different thing. The Family Research Council would rather see women get cervical cancer and die than take a vaccine that would prevent it. That's crazy. That's what I'm complaining about.

As for your moronic accusation that I don't care if my children have sex, that I encourage them to have sex, that I let them have sex in my own home -- what kind of idiot are you? Woops, guess I wasn't too "low-key and rational," was I? Listen, unless you know me, you have no business commenting on my skills as a parent. That is crossing way over the line. My children are healthy and happy, and they are raised with very serious family values that they believe -- not because they're commanded to, but because it makes sense, even to them. And a cautious approach to sex is part of those values. I assume that my kids are intelligent enough to follow a reasonable argument, and there are good reasons to remain abstinent through these teen years. Really, re-reading what you said, I can't believe you really can think that. Aren't you embarrassed?

Your advice to "tell not to do anything" is great, just great. Wouldn't it be great if kids just did what their parents told them to do? Unfortunately "telling them" doesn't work.

And I don't care if you call yourself Anonymous, I know the Blogger comment system is not very versatile in that way.

April 28, 2005 1:05 PM  

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