Sen. Tom Coburn, argued that by distributing condoms in schools, we were rationalizing risky behavior to teenagers. “You know, the moral rationalization is if you make a mistake there’s no consequences. I’ve seen the consequences. Condoms and teenagers work about 50% of the time, if you count all the studies up...."That's a lie, needless to say, and what little truth there is in it has at least as much to do with the conservative attack on sex education as with teenagers or condoms. But even if it were true, fifty-percent odds still give you a much better chance of success than abstinence (to say nothing of the Bush Doctrine, or the infantile special pleading that so often passes for prayer among the Religious Right).
I love being lectured about "consequences" by people who are perfectly happy to let a crazy president steer the ship of state into a maelstrom full of icebergs (cf., for instance, Bush's decision to sidestep congressional oversight of arms sales to Pakistan, which Coburn apparently missed while trying to "restore" congressional authority over flag-burners).
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