Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Are You There, God?
It's Me, Margaret Sanger

In the view of Planned Parenthood, the only wrong way to think about sex is to believe that sexual behavior contains within itself an intrinsic and inseparable moral dimension.

I've been saying the above message in various ways for a while—you can read it in my "Everybody's Doing It" article on Planned Parenthood's Teenwire in Crux. It's also in my Touchstone article "The Young and the Hot-Wired, where I wrote, "Instead of treating sexuality as but one aspect of a person’s identity, Planned Parenthood assumes that sexual impulses control us, rather than the other way around."

Today, I have an example from Planned Parenthood's own Web site of how the organization is about not only abortion, not only contraception, not only "sex-positive" sex ed, but rather about a philosophy—one that brazenly attacks the pillars of faith and family. By faith, I don't just mean the Christian or Jewish faith, but every faith.

From the Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Web site, a "classroom activity for educators": "Two World Views: Fixed and Relativist":

Audience: Adults

Time Needed: 30 minutes

Materials: Handout of outline of two world views, or overhead

Session Objectives:

To clarify the continuum of world views and the cultural polarization we are facing.

Activity Description:

While reading the description of the view of sexuality by the fixed world view and the relativist world view, instruct participants to stand on the continuum of the poles to represent their own values. By seeing the cultural war as a continuum of changing or fixed values, the participants understand their resistance to the open discussion of sexuality.

Download the Two World Views activity handout (75K PDF)
Here is the text of the activity handout:
The Sexual Values of Two Systems

Fixed or Absolutist World ViewProcess or Relativist World View
1. Sexuality is basically animal passion and lust, genital, and must be controlled. 1. Sexuality is a natural and positive life force with both sensual and spiritual aspects.
2. The main goal of sex is marriage and reproduction. 2. Sex does not have to be confined to marriage; pleasure, love, and celebration are goals in themselves.
3. Sex is only acceptable in heterosexual marriages. 3. Tolerance or acceptance of same-gender relationships.
4. Masturbation, oral sex, same-gender relationships, and contraception all thwart God’s purposes for sex and are forbidden. 4. God’s purpose for sex is to celebrate life; masturbation, oral sex, and same-gender relationships can express the celebratory and communion nature of sex.
5. Strict gender roles in relationships with male active and superior. 5. Flexible, egalitarian gender roles.
6. Emphasis on sex as genitality and on genital acts. 6. Emphasis on people and their relationships rather than on what they do genitally.
Adapted from a summary by
Linda L. Hendrixson, 1990.
I'll keep my comments short, as I'm more interested in what readers such as Nightfly, Robert, Emily and Annie, Steve Huff, Kate B., D------, C.J., and The Raving Atheist have to say.

It's obvious that Planned Parenthood is setting up what it purports to be the "Christian" worldview as a straw man, guaranteeing that no one taking part in its classroom activity will want to put themselves on the side of the "anti-choicers." For example, notice how, not once but twice, it purports that "absolutists"—read "Christians"—believe that sex is merely a "genital" act.

From section 2361 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
"Sexuality, by means of which man and woman give themselves to one another through the acts which are proper and exclusive to spouses, is not something simply biological, but concerns the innermost being of the human person as such. It is realized in a truly human way only if it is an integral part of the love by which a man and woman commit themselves totally to one another until death."
Oh, those Catholics—always telling people that sex is "dirty." How dare they have so many children. Disgusting.

On the "relativist," Planned Parenthood-approved side of the activity's table, the characterization of sexuality as "a natural and positive life force with both sensual and spiritual aspects" is merely a restating of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger's claim that "through sex, mankind may attain the great spiritual illumination which will transform the world, which will light up the only path to an earthly paradise."

In that same book, Sanger wrote:
Birth Control, which has been criticized as negative and destructive, is really the greatest and most truly eugenic method, and its adoption as part of the program of Eugenics would immediately give a concrete and realistic power to that science… as the most constructive and necessary of the means to racial health.
As regular readers of this blog know, taxpayers pay for Planned Parenthood's assault on American values each year. Write your representative or your senator, as well as your local officials, if you'd like to see your money spent elsewhere.

RELATED: Commenter The Raving Atheist notes that Maxed Out Mama took a comprehensive look at Planned Parenthood's "Faith-Based Sex Education."