Do you ever come across something that seems completely nonsensical? Normally I can see both sides of arguments; even if I strongly disagree, I can see why somebody would think the way they do. I can even understand something this crazy:
A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of lawsuit filed by a Rankin County adult store, which challenged the constitutionality of a Mississippi law that bans the sale of sex toys.
I think it’s stupid, but I imagine that arguments used are the standard moral corruption, depravity, children might accidentally see a dildo and explode, that kind of thing1.
Then there’s this:
The Kansas Board of Education voted 6-4 Wednesday to change the state’s health education standards to mandate parental consent for sex education courses.
I just couldn’t figure it out. Why would you not want your child to have any kind of sex education? Aside from the practical implications (does the knowledge magically pop into their head at 16?) I just can’t see why you would object to the knowledge. Is the very concept of sex a corrupting influence, in some people’s eyes? Then, though, everything became clear:
Hysom is more concerned about a proposal to require abstinence-only sex education.
So it’s a stepping stone. Don’t you just want to scream?
- incidentally, I find the ‘right to privacy’ counter-argument somewhat strange, too. It’s probably the only way to fight in court, but it does seem to be saying ‘yes it’s depraved, but it’s up to me’ rather than ‘there’s nothing wrong with it – maybe you people need some help’ [↩]