SIECUS PRESIDENT AND CEO RESIGNS TO RETURN TO SEMINARY!
Don’t let the heading fool you. Yes, Debra Haffner, after 12 years as President and CEO of SIECUS, will resign on May 31, 2000. And, yes, Debra Haffner will be returning to seminary. But Haffner’s return to seminary is to continue SIECUS’s national agenda to infiltrate the faith community with the SIECUS philosophy. (For those unfamiliar with SIECUS, this organization is the force behind condom distribution programs, teen health clinics which dispense birth control for teens, and promotion of teen homosexuality and exploring one’s sexual orientation.)
In 1996, Debra Haffner took a six month sabbatical in which she was a Research Fellow at the Yale Divinity School where she conducted independent research on sexuality in scripture. Debra stated in a 1997 SIECUS newsletter that she began her career in sexology 21 years ago. It was during her first month in seminary that she “profoundly realized” that her work in sexology was her “calling”. Haffner also stated in the 1997 SIECUS newsletter that she had been active in a liberal religious faith for more than a decade. It was out of her seminary experience that she authored the booklet “A Time To Speak” which has become very controversial as it inaccurately interprets Biblical scripture to condone the “free sex” promoted by SIECUS.
Haffner now states that she is “being called to a more formalized ministry”. Haffner is leaving SIECUS to pursue full-time seminary studies “in order to build the foundation to develop a national ministry on sexuality and religion”. Her goal is to promote sexuality and reproductive rights as a religious leader. Haffner states, “I feel a sense of grace that I am accepting God’s call for the next steps in my vocation.”
CDC PARTNERS WITH SIECUS TO NATIONAL SCHOOL HEALTH EDUCATION
SIECUS recently received a 5-year cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) to continue their work to promote safe-sex (or as they call it “school health”) across the country. Through this project, SIECUS will develop a new National School Health Education Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse will provide access to so-called “model” programs and policies, curricula and curricula evaluations, sexuality education, and teacher training. You can be certain that abstinence until marriage programs will not receive equal representation.
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