This is rich: NY’s Archdiocese doesn’t want public schools to teach sex education

You can’t make this stuff up.

New York City’s public schools are going to start teaching sex ed again. In 2011, that shouldn’t even be news. When I was in fifth grade, we had sex ed classes — and that was forty years ago. But, it’s news.

Anyway, guess which institution, infamous for aiding and abetting child rapiests, doesn’t want this to happen? The Catholic Church:

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York called a new city requirement that sex education be taught at all public middle and high schools “troubling” on Wednesday, and some Catholic officials said they would advise Catholic parents not to let their children participate.

In the first serious challenge to the city’s mandate, which was announced on Tuesday, a spokesman for the archdiocese said the church’s position was that parents, not the schools, should educate children about sex.

“Parents have the right and the responsibility to be the first and primary educators of their children,” Joseph Zwilling, director of communications for the archdiocese, wrote in a statement. “This mandate by the city usurps that role, and allows the public school system to substitute its beliefs and values for those of the parents.”

Ah, yes. You have to love it when Catholic Church types get all sanctimonious about sex. But, seriously?

Here’s the thing: An entity that aided and abetted child rapists shouldn’t really be speaking against sex education for children.

And, yes, the NY Catholic Archdiocese is still embroiled in the child rape scandal. In fact, as Duncan Osborne reported, during the past legislative session, the Archbishop’s lobbyists spent more money fighting bills tied to the child rape scandal than they did fighting marriage equality.


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