Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sexually Transmitted Death

  • 1 in 6 Americans is infected with herpes
  • 50 % of Americans will have Human papillomavirus (HPV) at some point in their lives. It is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States.
  • 4 out of every 1,000 people reported a new case chlamydia in 2008 and 1 out every 100,000 people reported a new case of gonorrhea.
  • 2.4% of the population will report a case of Trichomoniasis every year.
It seems to me that what is being sexually transmitted, in our culture, is DEATH.

So, what does the Center For Disease Control say to do about it all - put a condom on.
The CDC has a division for prevention - The Division of STD Prevention. Within this division they have a 5 year strategic plan that includes such things as - partnering with MTV and Planned Parenthood for a website about STDs for Teens. Here are a few examples from the site:
If I want to go on the pill do I have to tell my parents?

You can't just go into a store and buy the pill like you can with condoms and spermicide, but there are many health clinics where you do not need your parents' permission to get a prescription for it. In some states you can even get a prescription online, although in most places you will have to see a health care provider of some kind and get an exam in order to get a prescription. Once you have a prescription, you take it to a pharmacy just like for any other medication. Then you have to take it every day according to the directions. Call Planned Parenthood at 1-800-230-PLAN or visit PlannedParenthood.org to find a doctor or clinic.
Yes, they just encouraged a kid to go on the pill, not tell their parents, and go to Planned Parenthood to do it all.

But, it doesn't get any better, how about this nugget:
Having condoms handy doesn't make you pushy or easy -- it makes you smart.
Or this one about Teen pregnancy:
Raising a child is hard. Raising a child alone is even harder. Being a teenager is a great time for growing up, getting an education, meeting new people and having fun -- not pregnancy and parenthood. Visit Planned Parenthood's Teen Talk to learn more about teen pregnancy and parenthood.
Then there are examples of telling fathers they shouldn't ask women not to get abortions and other issues I won't put up.

Ultimately they are instilling the culture of death into our youth. They teach that we cannot control ourselves and we are slaves to our passions, thus we have to use condoms because it is the only way to "protect" yourself.

Our culture now teaches that we should have sex with whomever you want, whenever and however you want.  The natural consequence of marriage (children) are at best an inconvenience and at worse a sickness we need to rid ourselves of. Marriage is just a piece of paper. Monogamy is a thing of the past. Life is about seeking and finding pleasure.

These ideas have consequences and the natural end of them is death - spiritually, socially, and the reality is that sometimes sex leads to death physically. The root of the problem is the contraceptive mentality. How can I be so bold as to make such a statement? Consider this. Contraception leads to a mentality that babies aren't a part of sex. Contraception makes us turn inward, rather than outward - it perpetuates a selfishness on our part. It also sees marriage as an optional social construct (an attitude which harms women and children most of all), which leads to broken families. Broken families are probably the root of most of our problems in western society - lowering of morality, crime, poverty, etc. Contraception turns the natural consequence of sex into something bad (a curse) rather than seeing children as a blessing.

There is an answer. Sex is more than just about selfish pleasure. Sex is sacred and beautiful when in the context of a married man and woman who have sex that is open to life and for the purpose of love. Sex should not be separated - ever - from married love and an openness to life.

Sex should be all about life - not death.

Some related topics:
*Sex and the Contraceptive Mentality
*Birth Control and College Students
*Humanae Vitae and the Catholic Church
*Catholic Sex Questions
*Is Using Contraception a Sin
*What is Wrong With Porn?
*The Pope and Condoms
*Catholic Married Sexuality

1 comment:

Gert said...

thanks Marcel. this is the message our children need to here. May God, in his mercy, save them all.