"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?" [Matthew 7:15-16]The net result of 'abstinence only' policies has been to substantially *increase* the rates of STDs and unwanted pregnancies. 'Abstinence only' policies have only added to human misery.
Preach abstinence all you want. Teach it is a moral ideal. But by making abstinence the be-an-end-all of sexual education policy, you are making the world an unhappier, unhealthier place. You are creating AIDS orphans and widows. You are creating a sexual health time bomb for the next generation.
Tim writes: "You can read your charts and say that Abstinence is not working; I will see the same data and come to the conclusion that money and programs are not the solution to the problem. It's teaching values and morals."
No, they don't have the same music, radio, television, magazines in much of Africa as they do in America. HIV rates in parts of Africa are as high as 60%. And yes, they do have much the same media in western Europe where full sexual education policies have resulted in much lower STD and unwanted pregnancy rates.
You don't care two figs if people are infected with STDs or unwanted pregnancies. It's their own fault if they don't have the same 'morals and values' as you.
You rage against abortion, but you don't care that abortion rates are higher as a result of 'abstinence only' programmes.
As I grew up, I was told that Christianity taught compassion, integrity and leadership by example. The more I talk to Fundamentalists, the more I despair.