Along with his predecessor, Joycelyn Elders (the mullah of masturbation education), U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher was appointed by President Clinton. It shows, especially in his new report, A Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior (see "Teens Really Need `Best Friends,'" July 30.)
There's a telling item buried in a Washington Post story on the report's release. In compiling his manifesto, he consulted a variety of sources, the surgeon general disclosed, including those who would "qualify as commercial sex workers."
"Now, wait a minute," I said to Damon Thompson, a Satcher spokesman. "Are you telling me the surgeon general asked prostitutes how to teach our children about sex?" After checking with his boss, Thompson assured me that "commercial sex workers" would indeed include ladies of the night. The lunatics haven't just taken over the asylum; they're franchising the operation!
That was not the most incredible aspect of the report. Besides hookers, Satcher received sage advice from their colleagues at Planned Parenthood, the Alan Guttmacher Institute and the Sex Information and Education Council of the United States. Somehow, he overlooked the Penthouse Forum.
Armed with this input, Satcher concluded there is no "scientific evidence" that teaching abstinence until marriage alone is effective. Consequently, he urged schools to adopt curricula that praise self-control and pass out contraceptives.
Imagine a violence-prevention program where kids are given automatic weapons or courses promoting tolerance where students are lectured by white supremacists and Afrocentrists.
Only in the never-never land of sexual pedagogy is "wait until you're married, but here's a condom in case you have an uncontrollable urge in the meantime" considered anything but self-defeating.
Actually, Satcher isn't telling America's youth to wait until marriage. Any old "mutually monogamous" relationship will do. That's because our surgeon general understands that "marriage is not perfect."
So, instead of asking adolescents to exercise restraint (with a pocketful of condoms) until they say, "I do," Satcher wants them to …