Preacher Compares Sex Ed To Letting Kids Play With Poisonous Snakes (VIDEO)

We know that, according to the religious right, sex is bad, bad, bad! Contraception is bad, too, because it lets people have more sex without making more babies. And sex education? Well, that’s the worst of all, because it tells kids how to use that contraception so that they can have sex without making those babies. But in case you weren’t convinced of just how bad all of this really is, let Pastor Danny Banks of The Myrtle Beach Christian Church in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina explain it.

In a July 26 sermon broadcast live on WFXB, Banks rails against contraception and sex education, comparing them to poisonous snakes. Banks says,

I know people who would never think at all to let their little children go play with a bunch of cobras, or rattlesnakes. But they put them in environments every day, and the vipers are all around them, striking at what we believe, teaching them immorality.

Banks goes on to explain how sex education classes don’t teach kids to abstain. “It gives you a free condom,” he says. He goes on from there to complain that nowhere in schools, or even in churches does anybody say anything about abstaining from “that which is evil.” He tells the congregation to “save yourselves for the beautiful thing called marriage.”

In other words, the more you know about sex and contraception, the more likely you are to decide that you want to try them. And that means that you might have sex without getting pregnant, which means that we can’t slut-shame you if you get pregnant. Which means that we can’t pressure you to give birth to the child, even if you can’t afford to take care of it. Which means that we can’t ridicule you as a “taker” when you receive welfare benefits for that child. It’s a slippery slope.

Of course, what Banks doesn’t say, or won’t admit to, is that abstinence-only programs don’t work. Just ask Bristol Palin, who told Fox’s Greta van Susteren in 2009, before her second out-of-wedlock pregnancy, that abstinence is not realistic. Not only is it not realistic, according to Advocates For Youth, most parents don’t want an “abstinence only” curriculum taught to their children.

The Advocates For Youth website says this is what parents think about comprehensive sex education:

  • 99 percent want youth to get information on other STIs in addition to HIV.
  • 98 percent want youth to be taught about HIV/AIDS.
  • 96 percent want youth to learn the “basics of how babies are made.”
  • 94 percent want youth to learn how to get tested for HIV and other STIs.
  • 93 percent want youth to be taught about “waiting to have sexual intercourse until married.”
  • 83 percent want youth to know how to put on a condom.

Pastor Banks may know the Bible, but he doesn’t know teens very well. SIECUS says that “abstinence-only programs do not impact teen sexual behavior.” Teens are going to play with vipers anyway, so shouldn’t they at least know how to put a condom on one?

Here’s the video, via Raw Story/WFXB:

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