Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Bible Belt

"After some lunatic called a big radio show to accuse California’s sexual education program of causing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), I Googled STD rates by state and hit, which has a chart of the top 10 states for STD rates.

The Bible Belt is so well represented on this chart that it makes clear that it is conservative Christianity that is causing STDs and greatly affirms my lifetime commitment never to date a Southern churchgoer. My best guess as to the cause is that guilt-induced memory suppression is causing many churchgoers to go through life thinking they’re virgins, and thus not getting tested and carrying STDs."

~Alan Ditmore, Leicester
(Letter to the Editor, Asheville Citizen-Times, Mar 12, 2008)

Picture credit: möök

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