I can’t help but have this song in my head when the topic of Catholics and their forbidding of contraception comes up. Why do they have this view? I always assumed the answer was somewhere in “The Bible”. Well, in a way I guess I was right but when I dug into it a bit I was astounded by the passage the whole stance is based off of:
Genesis 1:27-28 (NASB)
“And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them; and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Emphasis added)
Really? So at a time when we theoretically only had 2 humans on earth and god told them to “multiply”…Catholics took that to the extreme position that its a sin to use contraception? How do these things become mainstream? Is it a desire to control women by keeping them pregnant? An attempt to keep them from having an affair? Im not sure what the original agenda was but we can see it has permeated into non-Catholics as well in the way we deal with sex education in many schools across America.
“Abstinence-Only” education is a failure. Anyone who thought it would be anything but a failure is a zealot who is not living in reality. In an era where teen pregnancy rates are down as a country, in the states and counties that provide Abstinence-Only education teen pregnancy rates are up and its no wonder why. Take Texas for example, one of the highest rates in the country yet when directly asked what was wrong, Gov. Rick Perry insists it works?
The only answer is that this education choice was made based on religious teachings, which would therefore violate separation of church/state. Sure, states can choose their curriculum but only if it does not violate the US Constitution. So which is it Texas…is your Abstinence-Only program based off of faith…or fiction? If you say faith you violate the Constitution, if you say “because it works” as Gov Perry did…then you obviously base it off fiction.