Congressman Likens Sex-Ed to Soviet Police State
Louie Gohmert of Texas thinks the government should keep out
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2013 3:22 PM CDT
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – It's not the fact that Republican Louie Gohmert of Texas voiced his opposition to sex education that's making headlines. It's the eyebrow-raising parallel he drew with the old Soviet Union that has triggered stories at sites such as Roll Call and Right Wing Watch. In his podcast interview with WallBuilders Live, Gohmert called sex-ed unnecessary because "mankind has existed for a pretty long time without anyone ever having to give a sex-ed lesson to anybody." We should let kids "be innocent," and if anyone does have a birds-and-bees talk with them, it should be their parents. Then came the USSR jab:

  • "And it reminds me so much of the summer that I was an exchange student in the Soviet Union back in the '70s, and I was shocked when they were saying, 'No, the children don't belong to parents, they belong to the state.' And if any parent said anything in front of their children negative about the wonderful Soviet Union, then we will take their children away and give them to somebody more deserving. ... And now I've seen this coming with a lady from MSNBC saying, 'Hey, children belong to the state.'"

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bubbahotep
Jun 26, 2013 11:22 AM CDT
"No one ever gave a sex lesson to anybody". Right. Spoken like a true Texas intellectual. Obviously his parents could have used a lesson or two.
midget_farmers
Jun 26, 2013 8:35 AM CDT
I like how he said "if" anyone is going to have a birds and bees talk it should be the parents... That is the problem it comes down to an "if" ... otherwise kids you are on your own to find out what is true... sorry if you get pregers or an STD... you should not have been born to stupid people..
troy705
Jun 26, 2013 8:17 AM CDT
Another day another stupid comment from a Republican.