By Editorial Staff
Published June 1, 1989
by Ray Kerrison/Columnist, New York Post
Human Events – May 13, 1989
One of the most distressing trends in modern life is the promotion of state-sponsored decadence, where taxpayer funds are used to subsidize activities once deemed immoral.
But not even I was prepared for the appalling things they are doing at Nassau Community College in the name of education.
This college, in Garden City, [Long Island, N.Y.], has a student enrollment of l8,000. State and county taxpayers subsidize it with more than $60 million a year. It has a course called “Family Life and Human Sexuality,” which 3,000 teenagers take each year. This course comes right out of a Times Square snakepit.
On the first day of class [last] spring, students were asked to get the signatures of anyone who has done any of the following: had intercourse with a prostitute, made love in the back seat of a car, seen their parents naked lately, used a condom, gone to a pornographic movie.
Later, they were invited to “try something,” such as taking a field trip. The students were told: “Try to do something that will challenge your mind, expand your intellectual horizons …”
Suggested field trips: Go to a nude beach, a gay bar, a divorce court, an abortion clinic. Also suggested: Interview a prostitute about her experiences.
So, if you see a bunch of college kids chasing a hooker down Eight Avenue, don’t be alarmed. It’s just some Nassau Community students challenging their minds and expanding their intellectual horizons.
A textbook for this class is titled Our Sexuality, which treats in graphic detail sexual intercourse, masturbation, wife-swapping, adultery, abortion, exotic practices.
It is big on vibrators. Samples: “Women tend to be greater enthusiasts of this technical advancement. If you want to use a vibrator for sexual pleasure, experimentation is in order. By placing it in different areas of the body or genitals, you can find what is particularly arousing.” The book describes all the vibrators available, those that may or may not require an electric outlet, how best to use them, where to buy them, etc.
It discusses swinging, wife-swapping and all kinds of sexual relationships, without condemning any of them.
It has a chapter titled “Nonconsensual Extra-marital Relationships.” It explains: “This form of behavior has been given many labels, including cheating, adultery, infidelity …”
Gee. I always thought adultery was an act forbidden by God in the Commandments handed to Moses. I never knew it was a label.
Nassau Community also has sex movies. You bet it has. One is called “Sexual Intercourse,” which depicts couples copulating in all sorts of exotic places, including a spinning bed. There are close-ups of male and female anatomies.
Prof. Joseph Dondero, who chairs the course, agreed that the course and films were “very graphic.” He said: “If you have a film about sexual intercourse, then you show people having intercourse, and that is as specific as you can get. No one is required to take the course. It’s an option. It is unquestionably one of the most popular courses on campus, and rarely do we get a complaint.”
Prof. Dondero said the course “describes various behaviors, but does not endorse any of them.”
Frank Russo, a Nassau resident and father of seven children, is very unhappy that his taxes support this stuff.
“Can anyone tell me what educational value there is in asking someone whether they have seen their parents naked lately?” he asked. “These people are using our tax money to destroy our values.”
Russo then made this devastating observation: “I never dreamed it possible that a college student could earn three credits by going to a porno movie, visiting a hooker, turning up at a gay bar. From an academic point of view, it’s a disgrace.”
In his article on how New York taxpayers are subsidizing a value-free sex education course at Nassau Community College, columnist Ray Kerrison notes that a central feature of the instruction is a textbook called Our Sexuality, put out by the Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co., Inc. According to the college, this controversial textbook is “the leading” one on human sexuality, having been adopted by over 200 schools and used by “more than 125,000 students.”
The authors are Robert Crooks, who has a Ph.D. in psychology, and Karla Baur, with a master’s degree in social works.
Kerrison points out that the text “treats in graphic detail sexual intercourse, masturbation, wife-swapping, adultery, abortion” and “discusses swinging … and all kinds of sexual relationships without condemning any of them.”
Indeed, we would go further, insisting the volume is more than “neutral” on the subject of various kinds of sexual behavior. From our reading, the book either implicitly or explicitly endorses homosexual and bisexual activity, blesses homosexual marriages, encourages “casual sex” to the extent of providing “guidelines” for such encounters and urges students to “set aside a block of time (at least one hour for the entire exercise)” for fondling genitals and masturbating.
It also suggests that marijuana usage is a safe and legitimate way of reducing sexual inhibitions, that “extramarital sex” can have a positive impact on people and their marriage, that children might be better raised in an “androgynous fashion” and that the U.S. should establish “a compulsory national sex education curriculum that is extended to all grade levels.”
Among the colleges which use this text, according to Nassau Community College authorities:
New York State: Adelphi University, College of Staten Island, Iona College, Jr. College of Albany, St. Francis College, Syracuse University, Borough of Manhattan CC, Columbia University, Lehman College, New York University, SUNY/ Cortland, Tompkins Cortland CC, Bronx CC, CUNY/York College, Jefferson CC, Orange Co. CC, SUNY/Buffalo.
Outside of New York State: Union Theological Seminary, VA; University of Arizona; Loyola Marymount U., CA; St. Joseph College, CT; University of Miami; Emory University, GA; University of Illinois; Christian Theologic Seminary, IN; **Central Baptist Theological Seminary, KS; University of North Carolina; University of Oregon.
Also: Temple University; University of Texas; University of Vermont; University of Wisconsin; Auburn University, AL; University of Arkansas; St. Mary’s College, CA; Miami Dade CC; University of Florida; University of Georgia; Purdue University, IN; Michigan State; University of Minnesota; Ohio State; Penn State; Our Lady of the Lake, TX; University of Utah; Washington State.
The rest of the list can be obtained from the publishing firm.
If you want to complain to the textbook company, write to your local university officials, as well as the Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co., Inc., 2727 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025.
Forerunner - Home » The Forerunner Newspaper » Education
Your comments are welcome!
“Give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry’s famous declaration not only helped launch the War for Independence, it also perfectly summarized the mindset that gave birth to, and sustained, the unprecedented experiment in Christian liberty that was America.
The freedom our Founders envisioned was not freedom from suffering, want, or hard work. Nor was it freedom to indulge every appetite or whim without restraint—that would merely be servitude to a different master. No, the Founders’ passion was to live free before God, unfettered by the chains of autocracy, shackles that slowly but inexorably bind men when the governments they fashion fail to recognize and uphold freedom’s singular, foundational truth: that all men are created in the image of God, and are thereby co-equally endowed with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
This presentation is a similar call, not to one but many. By reintroducing the principles of freedom that gave birth to America, it is our prayer that Jesus, the true and only ruler over the nations, will once again be our acknowledged Sovereign, that we may again know and exult in the great truth that “where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).
Welcome to the Second American Revolution!
This DVD features “Liberty: The Model of Christian Liberty” along with “Dawn’s Early Light: A Brief History of America’s Christian Foundations.” Bonus features include a humorous but instructive collection of campaign ads and Eric Holmberg’s controversial YouTube challenge concerning Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.
$14.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
With “preaching to the lost” being such a basic foundation of Christianity, why do many in the church seem to be apathetic on this issue of preaching in highways and byways of towns and cities?
Is it biblical to stand in the public places of the world and proclaim the gospel, regardless if people want to hear it or not?
Does the Bible really call church pastors, leaders and evangelists to proclaim the gospel in the public square as part of obedience to the Great Commission, or is public preaching something that is outdated and not applicable for our day and age?
These any many other questions are answered in this documentary.
$19.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
Download the Free Study Guide!
God’s Law and Society powerfully presents a comprehensive worldview based upon the ethical system found in the Law of God.
Speakers include: R.J. Rushdoony, George Grant, Howard Phillips, R.C. Sproul Jr., Ken Gentry, Gary DeMar, Jay Grimstead, Steven Schlissel, Andrew Sandlin, Eric Holmberg, and more!
Sixteen Christian leaders and scholars answer some of the most common questions and misconceptions related to this volatile issue:
1. Are we under Law or under Grace?
2. Does the Old Testament Law apply today?
3. Can we legislate morality?
4. What are the biblical foundations of government?
5. Was America founded as a Christian nation?
6. What about the separation of Church and State?
7. Is neutrality a myth?
8. What about non-Christians and the Law of God?
9. Would there be “freedom” in a Christian republic?
10. What would a “Christian America” look like?
Perfect for group instruction as well as personal Bible study.
Ten parts, over four hours of instruction!
Running Time: 240 minutes
Watch over 60 on-line video interviews from God’s Law and Society.
$19.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
“When the lives of the unborn are snuffed out, they often feel pain, pain that is long and agonizing.” – President Ronald Reagan to National Religious Broadcasters Convention, January 1981
Ronald Reagan became convinced of this as a result of watching The Silent Scream – a movie he considered so powerful and convicting that he screened it at the White House.
The modern technology of real-time ultrasound now reveals the actual responses of a 12-week old fetus to being aborted. As the unborn child attempts to escape the abortionist’s suction curette, her motions can be seen to become desperately agitated and her heart rate doubles. Her mouth opens – as if to scream – but no sound can come out. Her scream doesn’t have to remain silent, however … not if you will become her voice. This newly re-mastered version features eight language tracks and two bonus videos.
“…a high technology “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” arousing public opinion just as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 antislavery novel ignited the abolitionist movement.” – Sen. Gordon Humphrey, Time Magazine
Languages: English, Spanish, French, South Korean, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese
Running Time: 28 minutes
$17.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
Exposes the Dangers of Abortion to Women!
These shocking eyewitness accounts expose the dangers of abortion not only to unborn children, but to the health and lives women as well. An antidote to the smokescreens of the liberal media, these short clips show what really happens in and around abortion clinics.
Although the content is emotionally gut-wrenching, these videos have been used in church seminars and small groups to educate Christians on the abortion issue and to lead people toward a pro-life position. Contains 2 hours and 40 minutes of materials that can be shown separately.
Watch these pro-life videos on-line.
“These videos helped change my mind from pro-choice to pro-life. Your videos are what did it for me. I will be walking in next year’s March For Life in San Francisco.” — A. Jackson, California
“I was going to have an abortion until I saw your video. Praise Jesus!”
— M. Drew, YouTube Commenter
$4.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)