Better Safe Than Sorry?

The notion of handing out condoms in the nation's high schools is gaining adherents -- and attracting vociferous opposition

Angry parents, politicians and clergy gathered on the steps of New York's city hall last week amid placards that demanded STOP FERNANDEZ FROM TEACHING OUR KIDS GAY SEX and DUMP KING CONDOM FERNANDEZ. What schools chancellor Joseph Fernandez is doing, warned Monsignor John Woolsey of New York's Roman Catholic Archdiocese, amounts to a "ratification of sexual promiscuity." Said outraged parent John Murnane: "Fernandez is insulting our children by telling them they cannot be educated as to what is right."

The indignant rally was a dress rehearsal for a bigger confrontation this week, when the New York City board of education is...

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