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From: Ross Olson []
Sent: Friday, June 13, 2008
To: Editor Star Tribune (
Subject: Sex Education

Support for comprehensive sex education as it presently is taught rests on uncritical acceptance of two faulty assumptions. One is that given proper information, people, including kids, will do the right thing. The other is the propaganda of the condom cartel that abstinence only education is responsible for the present epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases (despite the fact that it has happened while condom education is funded at a rate 12 times higher than abstinence.)

Education is not the only piece to the puzzle, but when the media is saturated by sex without consequences, families are broken more than they are intact and peer pressure seems to tell the virgins that they are abnormal, then a teacher showing kids how to put a condom on a banana is the final straw.

And please, adults who may be reading this, think for a minute about what unfaithful partners mean to a relationship. Then rewind that back to early adolescence and you will realize that the psychological consequences of sex without commitment are devastating and lifelong.

Ross S. Olson MD

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