Problems Grow As Chastity Diminishes

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I had to write to you about your report on "My View -- Talk to teens about abstinence" in the Friday, April 30 Payson Roundup.

I agree with you 100 percent that our young people have to be taught by their parents and grandparents about abstinence, virginity and chastity--words that probably a lot of young people don't even know about; so how can they practice something if they haven't been taught? It can be done even in this century and on this planet.

When all is said and done, the chief and immediate cause of abortion is the failure to control the sexual appetite. Chastity is an old-fashioned, unpopular, difficult virtue, but when society abandons it, all kinds of ugly weeds sprout up, as any careful and honest person knows.

As someone said, "Abortion proved that people are willing to kill for sex, and AIDS proves they are willing to die for it."

Today's mess reminds me of G.K. Chesterton's remark, "As the 18th century thought itself the Age of Reason, and the 19th century thought itself the Age of Common Sense, the 20th century cannot as yet even manage to think itself anything but the Age of Uncommon Nonsense."

Caroline Beeler
Payson

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