It’s difficult to believe that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin would think it is okay for her daughter Bristol to actually share a room with her boyfriend Levi in her house. This raises so many unanswered questions, maybe even the most shocking one: the somewhat liberal belief that a teenaged boy and girl can get along together without ther hormones getting in the way. Sarah is of course no liberal; she is a diehard conservative Republican who is also a born again Christian. So why would she think of allowing her oldest daughter to do something like this?
According to the Religious Right in America, pre-marital sex is a no-no on the absolute level, per scriptural standards. It’s not something that is to be practiced, what many like to call “forbidden fruit” for teenagers. So why do so many teens of that religious persuasion still fall into sexual behaviors? According to Mark Regnerus, the author of “Red Sex, Blue Sex”, Evangelical Christian teens may make the mistake of engaging in pre-marital sex, but so long as they do not abort a fetus, then it is okay. On the other hand, if the fetus is aborted, well, that’s an even bigger sin than pre-marital sex to begin with. It is worth noting, however, that in Evangelical Christian doctrine, sin is sin compared to Roman Catholic doctrine on sin, which differentiates between venial sin, and mortal sin. Regnerus reveals some interesting facts about Evangelical Christian teens: that they are most likely to take abstinence-only education, and even make a verbal pledge of virginity before marriage, even though on the surface this does not guarantee the actual practice of abstaining from sex. It is even harder to abstain from sex period when two teens of the opposite gender are in a room alone by themselves in a governor’s house. The major problem with the abstinence-only program is that it does not teach various birth control methods for teens. Condoms and birth control pills are neither 100% effective against teen pregnancy. The few methods that do guarantee birth control are not readily open and available to teens, simply because there is not a obstetrician to be found who will perform these surgeries on females under the age of twenty.
Levi Johnston, Bristol’s former fiance, claimed that they practiced safe sex “most of the time.” Of course, to these two young kids, that could mean anything from the pulling out method (which does not prevent pregnancy) to the first time (which does not prevent pregnancy). It is entirely possible these two kids did not know what actually causes children, even though many would find that very hard to believe in this day and age. Maybe they were just watching too much MTV or “Sex in the City.” Maybe the most telling thing in Bristol and Levi’s case is the following: both of their fathers were conspicuously absent for most of the time. Sure, a gentleman by the name of Todd Palin, who is Sarah’s husband, exists somewhere in Alaska, but apparently plays next to no role in his children’s lives. Perhaps that, too, is the result of the Evangelical Christian belief that it is the mother’s primary responsibility to raise the children properly, while the husband works at a nine to five job.
One can only hope that Sarah’s other daughters did not know of the secret trysts that went on between Bristol and Levi in her home. That is sending a wrong message, of course. Most parents would never be that naive in allowing their teenaged daughters to have sex with a boy and set aside a room just for that purpose.