Senator Metzger Pushes Mandatory Sex Ed

State Sen. Jen Metzger (D-Rosendale) is championing a bill that would require public schools to implement a program of “comprehensive sexuality education” in grades K-12.

According to Sen. Metzger, her bill (S.4844-Metzger/A.6512-Nolan) “‘would ensure that all young people have access to comprehensive, medically accurate, evidence-based, and age-appropriate sex education based on national standards.’” The bill defines “comprehensive sexuality education” as follows:

A medically accurate, age-appropriate sequential learning program which addresses physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of human sexuality, is trauma-responsive and culturally appropriate, incorporates skills-based instruction, and is respectful and inclusive of all students regardless of race, color, religion, religious practice, national origin, ethnic group, sex, gender, disability, language, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Sen. Metzger’s model for “comprehensive sexuality education” includes information on “relationships involving diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.” (Confused yet? We certainly are.)

There are several major problems with the Senator’s proposal.

First, sex education is appropriately handled by the persons most invested in the life of a young person: Parents.

Second, the type of “comprehensive sexuality education” promoted by the left is fatally flawed because it does not promote and emphasize risk avoidance (also known as abstinence until marriage).

Third, Sen. Metzger’s proposal would confuse and mislead young people by indoctrinating them in the left’s new orthodoxy of sexual orientation and gender identity. Furthermore, given that the left’s gender and sexuality orthodoxy is diametrically opposed to Christian teaching, it would be impossible for schools to comply with the bill language requiring respect and inclusion for all religions, all sexual orientations, and all gender identities. (Can anyone guess which one of these categories would get short shrift in the “respect” department?)

Fourth, the State of New York did not need national standards to be imposed on its public schools with regard to math or language arts. We certainly don’t need national standards to be imposed on us regarding sexuality education.

In past years, this is exactly the kind of bill that might pass the Assembly and be ignored out of existence in the Senate. In 2020, who knows? Christians have our work cut out for us in Albany.