Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Republican D.A. to educators: teach sex-ed, go to jail

Wisconsin Republican District Attorney Scott Southworth sent a letter to 5 school districts opining that teaching children younger than 16 about contraceptives could be construed as contributing to the delinquency of minors (PDF of his letter -- warning: big file). 

Rep. Kelda Helen Roys, author of the bill authorizing the sex-ed classes, said, "I think this is about trying to intimidate school administrators and teachers into staying silent."

Interestingly enought, Southworth, a member of the Wisconsin National Guard who served in Iraq, sued the University of Wisconsin, Madison back in his student days, saying he shouldn't be forced to pay student services fees ("segregated fees") because a percentage of them might end up supporting campus organizations with whom they disagreed ideologically or politically.

The US Supreme Court said, sorry, it doesn't work like that.

Refreshing to know that my home state of Texas has no monopoly on bone-head Republicans.

Thanks to Slashdot for the tip-off!

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