We didn’t have to wait long to start taking fire from right-wingers upset by the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund’s new report Just Say Don’t Know: Sexuality Education in Texas Public Schools.
Just five hours after we released the report, TFN staffers received an e-mail blast from right-wing gadfly Donna Garner. You might remember Garner. She’s the person who several weeks ago sent out an e-mail blast that linked accepting the science of evolution with serial murderers like Jeffrey Dahmer.
Yeah, her. (Stop rolling your eyes. Read.)
Garner’s new e-mail screed takes us to task for reporting about the outrageous nonsense abstinence-only programs teach Texas teens about sexuality and health. She devotes much of her e-mail to defending Scott and White Worth the Wait, the most widely used abstinence-only curriculum in the state.
She is particularly upset that our report notes Worth the Wait in the section about abstinence-only programs promoting fear and shame about sexuality. In a review of Worth the Wait’s materials, SIECUS notes pretty much the same thing:
Worth the Wait does incorporate important topics suggested by the Guidelines, such as puberty, anatomy, sexual abuse, and legal issues related to sexuality, and the curriculum is based on reliable sources of data. Despite these strengths, Worth the Wait relies on messages of fear, discourages contraceptive use, and promotes biased views of gender, marriage, and pregnancy options.
Garner argues that “nothing could be further from the truth.” We disagree.
But the really goofy stuff comes at the top of Garner’s e-mail.
First, Texas Freedom Network is behind this supposed “study.” … Texas Freedom Network has been in close association for many years with Planned Parenthood (performed 289,750 abortions in 2006-07) and the Human Rights Campaign (largest homosexual organization in the country). TFN, PP, and HRC are like a “sisterhood” and work in conjunction with one another to destroy any vestiges of traditional marriage and traditional values that are left in our country.The Sisterhood is joined at the hip by ex-TFN presidents, Cecile Richards and Samantha Smoot, who work closely with TFN’s present leader, Kathy Miller.When reading any “studies” that come from this group we must remember who profits: Planned Parenthood makes money both ways — either on abortions and/or on contraceptives. HRC perpetuates its organization with an increase in homosexual activity. TFN keeps its board members happy so long as it grabs the media spotlight with its outrageous allegations against conservative State Board of Education members.
Well, now you know.
We would respond to all that, but Kathy is already running late for her meeting with the Sisterhood’s Politburo.