Belial wrote:Unfortunately, since it doesn't look like they're going to start doing that any time soon, and since I have to live in a society with their children, it's in my best interest to advocate having the government do it for them.
I will fight this tooth, nail, and toenail, and anything else I've got nearby. Only for this reason: allowing the government to become authoritarian anywhere is allowing the government to become authoritarian somewhere. Has nothing to do with 'religion,' it has everything to do with me seeing the government telling the person next to me and saying "this is how your going to raise your kids!" and then I have this unshakable fear that the government is going to turn to me next and say "and as for you, superglucose, this is how you're going to think!"
Malice wrote:Why do you think teen sex is a bad idea?
Because the average teenager isn't mentally equipped to deal with relationships in a mature, responsible manner. If teenagers are incapable of holding off before getting a few bucks down to the local drugstore and getting condoms, this sounds like the teenagers are remarkably irresponsible.
Essentially, I see the argument for free condom distribution as this: "Teenagers aren't responsible enough to go get condoms elsewhere on their own before having the sex they're already going to have." This is... for the most part... absolutely true. Isn't it just depressing? ANY-ways... seeing as condoms are easy to procure and cheap to procure, it seems to me that the fact that most teenagers are unwilling to get condoms is a good sign that they aren't ready to have sex. As my friend's mother once told him: "You're ready to have sex when you're ready to go buy condoms at the drug store."
As a general rule of thumb I agree with that approach. However, it's not the government's job to enforce any particular set of morals, or overcome the irresponsibility of its subjects. If you flush your wallet down the toilet and lose $300 should the government have to come and bail you out? There's a point where personal responsibility steps in and takes over.
For me, that point is when you can get condoms for very cheap in a private fashion. Since that isn't happening yet, it NEEDS TO HAPPEN SOON. Honestly, cheap condoms>free condoms>no condoms, but it's more like cheap condoms>free condoms>>>>no condoms.