Skip to comments.Sex Ed at UCLA: Does a university’s liberal sexual agenda trump students’ conscience rights?
Posted on 09/19/2013 7:09:47 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
When two freshman sisters at UCLA were told their mandatory orientation on sexual harassment would include a section on sex education, they respectfully requested exemption from that part of the program. As conservative Catholics, Angelica and Bella Ayala did not want to participate in the sex-ed presentation which discussed, among other topics, how to put on a condom and how to ask someone to have sex with you because contraception and premarital sex violate their moral code. But the two girls were swiftly reprimanded for their small protest and told they were required to attend the session, even if it violated their conscience.
According to California education code 231.5(e), educational institutions must provide information on sexual harassment to students in mandatory orientation programs, and at UCLA the orientation program on sexual harassment also covers topics of sexual health.
We heard from upperclassmen who were also uncomfortable about the orientation because it advocated contraception and premarital sex, Angelica Ayala told me in a phone interview. As the girls later discovered, the orientation also included an active-participation section where counselors asked students for examples of how to ask someone to have sex without ruining the mood. Another section included a skit about sexual harassment, replete with graphic language and depiction of a couple passionately making out.
So I e-mailed the New Student and Transition Programs at UCLA, said Angelica. In response to her request for exemption, she was told by her counselor that she could step out of the room for the part she was uncomfortable with. Other students who were equally uncomfortable with the orientation were never given that option they were told at the beginning that the entire presentation was mandatory. (Bella stayed in the room but put on headphones during the sex-ed portion.)
But we didnt just want to be passive, Angelica stated. We wanted to pass the message of abstinence. So she and Bella handed out brochures before the orientation that advocated abstinence and presented the danger of contracting STDs from premarital sex. When Angelica, whose orientation was at a later time than her sisters, finally entered the auditorium, the counselors had already confiscated the brochures. One counselor snapped at the girls, Thats not the message we wish to be advocating.
My counselor knew I had passed out the pamphlets, said Bella, and told me it was not allowed to pass out brochures at private events without asking the deans office. It was then that she was told that she had to make up the session and that missing a mandatory session could result in having her academic records put on hold.
My counselor also told me, Bella continued, that she understood that I had religious beliefs but that if someone came to you for help you shouldnt tell them what they were doing wasnt right and turn them away. Her counselor had made the assumption that, because Bella did not want to attend a lecture on condom use and how to ask someone to have sex without ruining the mood, she must necessarily vilify all those who do wrong in her eyes.
Thats completely inconsistent with my religious faith, Bella told me. We should have compassion for people and separate the sin from the sinner.
My sister, Angelica added, as it stands now, still has to make up the session. I had been told I might have to as well, but the next day I was told I would not have to.
Despite the confusion about the make-up orientation, the two sisters have already contacted the Life Legal Defense Fund (LLDF), which has offered them free legal services.
The first question presented to me, Katie Short, the girls attorney at LLDF, told me, was whether the twins could be compelled to attend those parts of the presentation which were not in fact mandated under either California law or university policy. As for going forward, I am still evaluating the legal options.
The Ayala twins are not merely worried about themselves and their own legal rights. Our main objective now is to get UCLA to make changes to orientation, Bella said. UCLA is not being clear on what is mandatory, and we want students to be tolerated if they have religious or moral objections.
When asked if they feel that UCLA stifles free speech or is hostile to their religious beliefs, the girls said that they havent had much experience yet at UCLA and they arent sure. However, they did say that orientation is supposed to introduce you to what the institution is all about, and the sex-ed workshop is institutionalizing liberal bias.
Alec Torres is a William F. Buckley Fellow at the National Review Institute.
To answer the headline question, yes, in our liberal world today, the sexual agenda trumps anyone’s conscience. Yes, the students will get their mandatory education in condom use, and how to ask someone to have sex with them. Sounds like a liberal dream come true.
What happened to the much touted liberal “tolerance”?
Even Muslim women have to take it?
I doubt that.
In my grandkids school, they are having weekly 1.5 hours sessions on bulling.
It starts early, fortunately my daughter picks the kids up and takes them for ice cream rather than the “class”.
My grandson said, “Here’s what they should do. Be nice to each other and let us out to play. How long does it take to say, be nice”
I hope the young women are victorious in their quest.
Liberals only tolerate liberal thought and liberal actions. Otherwise, you are bigoted/homophobic, etc. all the way down the list.
Being liberal really means you have to be a strict conformist to a long laundry list of liberal opinions and values on various subjects. There’s not a lot of room for tolerance, if you think about it.
They should put on chodors and claim to be muslim.
Then they could be excused with no questions asked.
Nothing so intolerant as a tolerant liberal.
Learned long ago that "Wanna ****?" just doesn't work.
Do they have a mandatory session on the application of the 2nd amendment too? Probably not would be my guess.
Reminds me when visiting DC long ago, I popped out of the subway somewhere near Georgetown and was greeted by some airhead bimbo with a patition in support of abortion. I said I will sign yours as soon as you sign mine advocating capital punishment. She walked away of course.
Reminds me of a long ago (sort of mandatory) medical officer lecture as we crossed the Atlantic heading east.
Imagine a government funded organization telling those (aimed at youths) with HIV-AIDS they have every right to have sex with people without telling them about their disease.
Would you believe me?
I think it’s a felony in every single state but Planned Parenthood tells them it is their RIGHT!!
UCLA will probably have sex education laboratories in the near future - will purchase nearby whore houses and allow the students to practice - next door to abortion mills to correct the mistakes - just saying!
What an incitement of the expensive expensive K-12 education these kids have just completed that this institution thinks they need something as basic as sex education.
It will be all right. Uncle Janet will soon be all over these two sisters like white on rice to give them a personal mandatory class on sex ed. Then I bet they will drop all this silly morality.
I hope they spend some of the 6 million renovation budget on some sound proofing so the noise is kept down.
Being liberal means never having to be tolerant of others,
others must tolerate you.