To me the most troubling bit of madness was the President’s response to Sandra Fluke, the 30-something Georgetown University law student who wanted to make her case to Congress for why students’ contraceptives should be funded under Obamacare by this Roman Catholic institution in violation of the denomination’s doctrines. The legislature denied Ms. Fluke a hearing. But she was instead invited to speak before a small steering committee of sympathetic liberal lawmakers, and some media outlets treated this minor venue as if it was a full-blown Congressional forum. Without a trace of shame, Fluke asserted that 40% of Georgetown college coeds were having “so much sex” that they couldn’t afford the alleged $3000 worth of contraceptives needed to avoid consequences through 3 years of law school! The link below recounts the incident:
I was appalled when President Obama dignified Fluke’s demand for Jesuit-funded, consequence-free promiscuity by personally reaching out to her on the phone. He came to her defense because she’d supposedly been “victimized” by a talk show host who described her extreme sexual behavior with a crude term. Even more stunning was Obama’s stated motive for supporting her:
“The reason I called Ms. [Sandra] Fluke is because I thought about Malia and Sasha, and one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about, even ones I may not agree with them on,” he said. “I want them to be able to speak their mind [sic] in a civil and thoughtful way.”
Yikes! Wasn’t there a more edifying role model from whom Malia & Sasha could learn “to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way?” Did the President actually believe that free speech would be the only lesson his daughters learned from Ms. Fluke?
I personally don’t think the President intended to convey to his daughters that wanton extra-marital copulation is just fine. But his sympathies toward Ms. Fluke and his lack of disapproving commentary about sexual promiscuity imply such a message to his daughters . . . and to the general public. Indeed, sex education can occur by omission as much as by pro-active instruction, especially in regard to moral constraints & attitudes.
Surely the President doesn’t want his daughters engaging in risky hook-ups with multiple partners during college & beyond. And I hope he had a private discussion with Malia & Sasha to that effect after the public flap. Unfortunately the President’s defense of Ms. Fluke was a debasing sex-ed lesson for the rest of us.