Thursday, December 31, 2009

Abstinence-Only Education and the Establishment Clause.

Yeah! Legal Theory Blog points out a new paper by Naomi Shatz that argues abstinence-only education should be challenged on the Establishment Clause!

I damn well hope someone gets the balls to challenge faith-based sex education and health care by separation of church and state issues and not just privacy. I would like my religious freedom some day.

Won't that be a righteous day!

The abstract:

    This article argues that current federal funding for abstinence-only sex education violates the Establishment Clause. Previous establishment clause challenges to the abstinence-only education system focused either on overt religious messages included in curricula or on federal funding going to religious groups to teach abstinence-only education. These challenges have ignored the religious history of abstinence-only education and the particular religious values that are endorsed by even the allegedly "secular" curricula. This article demonstrates that the current funding of abstinence-only education violates the Supreme Court's test for religious neutrality as set forth in Lemon v. Kurtzmann.

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