Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Cost of a “Private Act”

According to many, sex is a private act between two individuals. And anything that happens behind closed doors is nobody else’s business. No one has the right to tell other people how they should behave. We are told, for example, that the government has no right to enact or enforce laws that affect a person’s private sexual conduct. And schools should not be allowed to teach principles to guide sexual behavior.

Even many Christians may say, “I guess that’s right. Whatever someone wants to do in private is their business and not mine. After all, they’ll suffer the consequences, not me, right?” Wrong!

If sex is merely a private act behind closed doors, why does the government annually pay large sums of money for abortions? If sex is a private act behind closed doors, why did a former Surgeon General advocate the use of public funds for sex education in all our schools beginning at the third grade? If sex is a private act behind closed doors, why is the U.S. government spending so much money on AIDS research? Why does the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spend so much of its time, at taxpayer expense, on sexually transmitted diseases?

Ironically, many groups that pressure for public funding of abortions and for public care for victims of STD’s also defend their absolute right to have unlimited sexual freedom behind closed doors. Their position is a gross philosophical contradiction.

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