Salt Shakers Journal Summary April 2008
Editorial (in full below)
The headline stated “CDC study finds 25 percent of teen girls infected with STD”. The study, released by the Centers for Disease Control in the
Another difficult issue…
What does the Bible say about Capital Punishment?
Our web page on ‘capital punishment’
News and Action
Alcohol and Binge Drinking
R18+ Computer games
Welfare groups supporting ‘diversity’
Ongoing matters of concern
The Choices of Life Program
Salt Shakers one-day Introductory Worldview Courses
National Day of Thanksgiving
More on climate change…
Another side to a ‘sorry’ story
Sydney Mardi Gras- the ‘Biggest Yet’!!
Victoria Same-sex register
Interfaith Centre for
Editorial (full version)
The headline stated “CDC study finds 25 percent of teen girls infected with STD”
The study, released by the Centers for Disease Control in the
The immediate response in the
OK, so this is the
In Dec 2006 a La Trobe University study of 2000 Year 10 and Year 12 students across the nation found 35 per cent had had sex, 6.1 per cent reported it had resulted in pregnancy, while 7.5 per cent said they were “unsure.”
What was the response to this bad news? Academics slammed the Federal Government for inadequate sex education in schools and called for more!!
Ironically, that’s always the cry from the ‘academics’. Yet, despite all the increased sex ‘education’ and ‘safe-sex’ promotion, there has also been an increase in the incidence of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and the latest figures show that the rate of condom use in Australia has actually declined since 1997.
The attitude of academics and governments alike seems to be, ‘The medicine is not working, in fact it is causing increased side effects, but hey, let’s not ask why, let’s just increase the dose’!
There is, of course, also the appalling sexualisation of society through the media and especially in marketing aimed at children and young people. Then there is the growing ease of access to pornography, for
both boys and girls, on the internet.
But, despite all this desire today to always blame someone else, the bottom line still comes down on parents. Are we adequately training and protecting our children and young people?
We have been watching ‘Brat Camp’ on TV of late. The young people, boys and girls, are really in a mess and they are sent to a
But I can’t help feeling that in many cases it should be the parents that go into the desert to reflect about responsibility, because the parents on this program so often seem to have put themselves first, some have walked away from their marriage commitment, others have simply delegated their responsibility to welfare agencies, school teachers, etc. It is often so clear that they did not lose control, they simply never took control or responsibility in the first place.
Sadly, though, even good parenting can so often be undermined by peer pressure or our society’s lasse faire attitude to morality.
We believe one solution is for parents to learn how to teach their children to respect themselves and make good informed choices.
One way of doing this is to get involved in and encourage your church or your child’s school to invite Bruce Coleman to run a ‘Choices of Life’ course.
This excellent program, developed by Bruce after years of interaction with young people, aims to help them take control of their lives. To give them the power to make the right choices. ( More details are on page 11)
Unless the fight back for our youth starts at home, and in our churches, we will lose another generation to ‘the world’.