Pam Stenzel, a public speaker and Founder of Enlighten Communications, goes to schools to talk to children about abstinence. If you think, “Gosh, that would be a fairly difficult topic to address in a reasoned, sensible way,” you are correct! That is why Pam does it by telling teenagers that if they take birth control their mother probably hates them. And they really need to ask Jesus for forgiveness.
God created sex, He is not the cosmic kill-joy, but He did create sex with boundaries, to protect us and our future marriage. He wants sex to be the best it could possibly be! But after the “free love” generation of the 60’s, today’s students are facing a plague of sex-related problems. Pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and rape statistics are at all-time highs. ”Free Love” was anything but “Free”! This generation must have a compelling reason to commit to sexual abstinence and remain pure until marriage. In The High Cost of Free Love, world renowned abstinence educator, Pam Stenzel, combines her personal story and extensive pregnancy counseling experience into a hard hitting look at the consequences of sexual activity outside of a monogamous, lifetime relationship. In a captivating and inspiring talk, Pam tackles the tough issues of sex with candor, insight, and humor while challenging young people to embrace God’s plan for sexual purity.
You know, that is one view point. And it is one that can be executed in a tasteful way. Except that in the process Pam tackled the issue by talking about how your mother does not want you to use birth control, and neither does Jesus. As Jezebel notes:
“Many students felt uncomfortable with her outright condemnation of any and everyone who has ever had premarital sexual contact,” Campbell said. “Stenzel’s overall attitude was that any type of sex will guarantee the contraction of an STD or an unwanted pregnancy.”
Campbell and a male student, who wished to remain anonymous, said Stenzel often screamed into the microphone and used an unsettlingly loud tone throughout the presentation.
“While her intentions may have been good, her tone was very loud, like she was shaming everyone in the audience. She was making girls cry. There were pregnant girls in the audience and she was implying, if you had sex, you’re not an OK person,” the male student said. “The only reason I am standing up against it is so other schools in West Virginia don’t have to hear this.”
Look, can I be honest? Use condoms. Just please use condoms. Hell, use birth control and condoms. They will be less hassle than having a child. Do it so that you do not have to become a mother who disapproves of her child’s actions too soon.
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