A good test of any culture is found in how it handles sacred mysteries. Our own society seems to know only one way: coldly expose them to a blatant public scrutiny. And nowhere is this modus operandi more evident than in the way we deal with our sexuality.

Recently the lead editorial in a major daily in my locale expressed a deep concern over the problem of teenage pregnancy. In the course of his argument, the editor made a proposal: the immediate repeal of a state law that limits the sale of condoms to “drug stores, licensed pharmacies and physicians/medical practitioners.” Furthermore, he suggested these contraceptives be made readily available wherever teenagers congregate, at hangouts such as “video arcades, cheap restaurants or multiplex movie houses.”

“Our” editor feels this kind of access would make for “safe sex, if not smart or moral sex between teens.” This is needed, he said, while “their intellects catch up with their raging hormones.” Needless to say, I was uneasy reading all of this. Yes, I know I am getting old. And, of course, there is my “evangelical prudishness.” But there is also my concern about differentiating “safe sex” and “smart sex” from “moral sex.”

The thought of Burger King and McDonald’s nobly rushing to solve this great social problem with short-order contraceptives bothers me. I do not question their ability to make almost any product accessible. But what we are dealing with here is something more than a burger, shake, and “raging hormones.”

Take the Kinlaw family, for example. It has been enlarged recently with the birth of Elisabeth Grace. She is our sixteenth grandchild.

A new life is always awesome when it makes its appearance, but Elisabeth Grace’s advent was even more so. You see, all three ...

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