A great deal more heat than light has been generated by the growing controversy over sex education in public schools. Citizens’ groups—many affiliated with or influenced by nationally known organizations—have denounced sex education as immoral, pornographic, subversive, and Communist-inspired. Sex-education leaders themselves have been called Communists and pornographers. On the other hand, supporters of the program have represented opponents as ignorant and irresponsible obstacles to necessary progress.

Many who are in the front ranks of this bitter battle of words identify themselves as Christians. Certainly Christians should be keenly concerned about this important issue, and there are certain things about the approach of the Sex Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) that they must question. But there is no excuse for irresponsible name-calling and accusation; such actions are foreign to the spirit of Christ. If criticism is to be constructive and effective, it must be informed. One cannot assume a charge is true solely because it was voiced by his favorite radio preacher.

Those who take the trouble to inform themselves discover that public-school sex education isn’t all bad. Investigation makes it downright difficult to believe that “Commies” are behind the whole thing, and the “pornography” often turns out to be some very un-titillating charts and diagrams. Furthermore, kids are getting sex education anyway, and sometimes what they get is pretty bad. Too often parents and churches have failed to face the problem. Perhaps the schools can be of great service in meeting a need in the lives of many young people. Sex education in the schools certainly ...

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