Why is the reality-based community ignored? Because the other side, the Jesus-loving wingnut loons, is committed to defending idiocy, while the Democrats have a complete lack of any guiding principle, other than to get elected. Nick Coleman has another perfect example, not that there’s any shortage of them, in the defeat of a sensible bill here in Minnesota.
In a last-minute piece of strong-arming that went almost unnoticed, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty forced DFL leaders of the Legislature to drop a comprehensive and moderate sex-education proposal from the $14 billion education bill that passed on the last day of the 2007 session. The sex-ed proposal — backed by educators and the public — was blocked by the extremist conservative forces that Pawlenty has pandered to in his quest for the national limelight. At their insistence, Pawlenty threatened to veto the entire education bill if the sex-ed provision wasn’t dropped. The DFL majority caved, removing the measure and clearing the way for the education bill to pass.
The DFL collapse was a mini-version of the larger Democratic collapses in Washington on the war in Iraq and in the culture wars at home. Just last week, a House subcommittee approved $141 million — an increase of $28 million — for abstinence-only sex education, despite a congressionally funded report clearly showing abstinence programs do not work.
The DFL has a majority here, and they collapsed. This is a bill that had majority support; go ahead, make Pawlenty veto it, and then slam his whole party for promoting ignorance. This isn’t hard, unless you’ve got the spine and the brains of a jellyfish.
Coleman has more information on the failure of abstinence-only programs, and also on the organizations working behind the scenes. Pawlenty is in the pocket of the Minnesota Family Council … uh-oh. “Family” Council? Have you notice that including the word “family” in a group’s name is a dead give-away that they’re a bunch of fruit loops? True to form, the MFC is one of those creepy and pious organizations that thinks kids should be kept in the dark, and the homosexuals are out to destroy America.
On the flip side, though, Coleman mentions the Minnesota Organization on
Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting, a group I hadn’t known about before…but they look rational. They seem to think knowledge actually helps people make better decisions, and that we ought to base education on statistics and evidence. Maybe you ought to join, fellow Minnesotans.
Another useful item at the MOAPP site that I have to share: there’s a link to the Sex Ed Library, a collection of about 100 lesson plans for teaching students about sex.