-Enlist in the military (also 18)
-Buy booze (21)
-Rent a car (25)
You can do all of these things (and more)...but, apparently, you're not supposed to have sex.
I have no problem with abstinence education being taught along side a traditional sex-ed curriculum, but this is bordering on (actually, it's crossing into) the absurd.
Consider the relevant statistic from the article:
"They've stepped over the line of common sense," said James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that supports sex education. "To be preaching abstinence when 90% of people are having sex is in essence to lose touch with reality. It's an ideological campaign. It has nothing to do with public health."
Clearly, all conservatives are not living cloistered, sex-less existences (you can't get to the 90% figure with just liberals and undecideds doing all of the, ahem, heavy lifting)...so what to make of this? If I were what I would call a "traditional" conservative, I would be hopping mad (government in the bedroom is supposed to be a liberal thing). I imagine Libertarians are collectively ready to jump off a cliff.