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Posted at 1:35 p.m. on June 25, 2013
Texas Republican Louie Gohmert has his doubts about sex education.
Like, sex-education-runs-contrary-to-Natural-Law-and-is-an-instrument-akin-to-the-Soviet-Union-taking-children-away sort of doubts.
On Monday, in an interview with conservative podcast “Wallbuilders Live” — first widely publicized by the blog “Right Wing Watch” of the liberal think tank People for the American Way — Gohmert told the radio hosts that “mankind has existed for a pretty long time without anyone ever having to give a sex-ed lesson to anybody.”
“And now we feel like, ‘Oh gosh, people are too stupid unless we force them to sit and listen to instructions,'” Gohmert said. “It is just incredible.”
Gohmert was on the conservative radio program to discuss “the current system of indoctrination that is occurring in American education,” according to a program summary provided by Wallbuilders Live.
“Let the kids be innocent,” Gohmert implored. “Let them dream. Let them play. Let them enjoy their early life. You don’t have to force this sexuality stuff into their lives at such a point. It was never intended to be that way.”
Gohmert said the sex education system reminds him “so much” of the Soviet Union in the ’70s, when “if any parent said anything in front of their children negative about the wonderful Soviet Union, then we will take their children away and give them to somebody more deserving.
“And we know how well that worked out,” Gohmert said.
The Texas Repubican also said that sex education is contrary to natural law; parents, he said, should be involved in sex education. “That’s a law of nature. Alan Keyes was just talking about it this weekend when we were together. That is such an important part of nature and yet that is the very thing that some of these liberals want to take away.”
Sex education has been taught in U.S. schools since the early 1900s, and became part of the curriculum to stop the spread of venereal diseases.