Saturday, May 10, 2014
Sex education in school was the main discussion at the monthly meeting of the Summerville Area Ministerial Association (SAMA) on May 7.
SAMA is a fellowship that meets regularly to discuss common issues, said the Rev. Ron Moock from the Theological Seminary in Summerville. In January Moock brought members’ attention to sex ed being taught in Dorchester District Two curriculum, and decided to take action.
According to Moock, DD2 is not legally teaching sex education under the South Carolina Comprehensive Education Act – which, he said, states what can be taught in school districts. Discussion during the meeting revolved around how sex education needs to be taught at schools – church members want boys and girls to be taught in separate rooms about sexual education, and abstinence needs to be taught as well. Schools should also not distribute condoms on school property, members said.
“We’re trying to get it so it pertains to state law,” Moock said.
The meeting opened up with an introduction of three out of four State House candidates who had been invited to the meeting for a meet and greet. Among the speakers was Democratic candidate Damian Daly and Republican candidates Evan Guthrie and Franklin Smith. Incumbent Republican candidate Jenny Horne had been invited but declined, citing House business in Columbia.
The candidates all briefly introduced themselves and touched on the matter of sex education in schools.
Smith participated in the discussion about sex education, saying he has four children of his own and wants to educate his children – as well as church members’ children – in a way deemed healthy.
“We want to protect the children we are responsible for,” he said. “We believe the curriculum in the school systems is not doing that.”
Daly said he is a Roman Catholic who supports having prayer in school and feels the “graphic” nature of sex education in school should be eliminated.
“We definitely have to change things if it’s really as graphic as it’s getting,” he said.
Guthrie touched on his own campaign – how he wants to “lower and eliminate taxes with less government” and wants to serve as a conservative voice in the House.
“I am a public servant – I work for you guys,” he said.