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Jesus Without The Junk: Respect Yourself

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What were you doing when you were 12 years old?  You were probably about in the sixth grade, may have been wearing braces, possibly could have been going through the angst of acne-you get the picture.  Essentially, you were still growing up.  My, how things have changed. I think most would agree that the average 12 year old is not fully mature or responsible enough for many things quite yet.  You have to admit there are adult activities and young pre-teen things that need to stay at that particular age level for good reason.
In Massachusetts, a 12 year old is too young to vote, drive, buy alcohol, live alone, and buy a handgun.  Kids that age (and they are kids) cannot cognitively, emotionally or physically handle the responsibilities that accompany adult behavior.  (I know- some adult-aged folks cannot either!).  Responsible people make conscionable rules for very good reasons.  But then… The Springfield, Mass. School Committee is trying to pass a health policy that would allow students as young as twelve years old access to condoms.  Apparently, pregnancy and school dropout rates have increased.  The committee voted 5-1 for the measure.  The one dissenting voting member said he could not vote for this program when it is not legal for 12 year olds to engage in sex.  He was the only one!  A final vote will be forthcoming.  (Parents can opt their child out of the program.)I am not burying my head in the sand but grownups; you need make sure your children are focusing on church, social and school activities.  Parents have an obligation to teach proper morals.  You know they are not mature enough to engage in behavior they cannot handle the short or long-term effects of.  Teach them abstinence in their Sex Ed classes, please.  What next and at what age? How interesting that there was no comment on this proposition from any local pastors or other church members.  Katie

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