Abstinence Making a Comeback

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Monday, December 09, 2002

Abstinence Making a Comeback

Did you see the cover of Newsweek magazine last week? Carrying the title, "The New Virginity," the cover photo featured two good looking young people.

The new virginity? Yes, it was about how abstinence education is catching on and fewer teenagers are having sex. Apparently, Newsweek considers this to be big news in our sex-obsessed culture. And maybe it is.

But it is still peculiar – to me at least – that ancient morality, whose tried and true benefits are touted in scripture and can be seen when embraced in life, is considered a radical, new concept.

I recall an old Phil Donahue television show from several years ago which featured young people who said they were virgins and would be remaining chaste until marriage.

Of course, Donahue treated them as aliens, wondering where they had come from. He asked a young man why he would want to remain a virgin. The reply was that he would avoid many consequences of premarital sex, but then he added something about respecting women and the eventual woman he would marry.

Donahue acted as if he had never heard of such a thing. So, the old and proven morality is making a comeback. It’s about time.

I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.

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