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Sex Ed for five-year-olds? McCain’s lies keep catching up with him

Posted by Bill Nance on September 11, 2008

You may have seen a recent McCain campaign ad claiming Barack Obama supported “explicit sex education to kindergartners.”

First, this is really disgusting. It’s obviously not true and and it’s just the kind of slime McCain was crying foul over in the South Carolina primary in 2000, when Karl Rove engineered a whisper campaign that McCain’s Bangladeshi daughter was an illegitimate result of an affair with a black woman.

These tactics were disgusting then, and that McCain is using them now shows him to be a man utterly desperate to avoid talking about real issues.

It’s not like this is a credible story, primarily for one reason: If it were true, Alan Keyes would have won the 2003 Senate race, and you can bet your life Hillary would have been all over this earlier this year. Obama would have been finished before he ever got to the Senate, much less the nomination.

Folks, this is called critical thinking. When some breaking piece of information is released by a campaign that contains information that would be certain to destroy a candidacy, it better be a brand new event, or it’s almost certainly a lie or a distortion.

Well, sure enough, it was a lie. As revealed by the New York Times, who researched the story:

It is a misstatement of the bill’s purpose, therefore, to maintain, as the McCain campaign advertisement does, that Mr. Obama favored conventional sex education as a policy for 5-year-olds. Under the Illinois proposal, “medically accurate” education about more complicated topics, including intercourse, contraception and homosexuality, would have been reserved for older students in higher grades.

And by the way, Obama wasn’t the only supporter of this bill. So was the Illinois PTA.

The purpose of the bill was to get accurate information to kids about their own bodies. The only part which was aimed at very young children was in teaching them about the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching.

Ask yourself: Wouldn’t you want your kindergartner to know that it’s not Ok when the nice neighbor touches them in a “private place?” Seriously. Do you want your young children to have no idea that’s something they need to tell an adult about?

Speaking as a parent, If you answered No to that question, you shouldn’t be allowed to have children.

EDIT: I have received a comment on this topic that I deleted because it was deliberately misleading. Included in the comment was the link: http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=3386492 I am appending this link to the story. It is unrelated directly to this story but is a fair statement of Obama’s position on sex ed.

For the record: This blog will allow any comment. You can disagree all you want. You can call the candidates any names you want. You can call ME any names you want. But you cannot deliberately lie or mislead. That’s the line in the sand. Cross it and get moderated.

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