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Idaho’s government removes porn literacy from its website

Idaho’s government removes porn literacy from its website

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Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
September 16, 2022
Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
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September 16, 2022

By Anna Miller and Dr. Scott Yenor

Idaho North Central Health District has covertly removed controversial sex education resources from its website in the face of public outcry. Gone are resources on its website relating to porn literacy, abortion, gender transition, and teaching kids to hide their browsing history from their parents. The district has not offered an explanation for the removal of these resources.

The change comes on the heels of public outrage over the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) implementing Planned Parenthood-endorsed sex education in schools and purchasing materials and training from Education, Training, and Research (ETR), which promotes porn literacy. The IDHW instructs public health districts like Idaho North Central Health District to implement ETR’s Planned Parenthood-endorsed Reducing the Risk (RTR) curriculum in public schools. 

The Wayback Machine shows how the health district has removed controversial resources from its website after being exposed for its radical sex education materials. IFF’s Center for American Education (CAE) has saved the records from the Idaho North Central Health District. 

On September 14, 2022, at 11am, North Central Health District’s sex education program webpage included ETR trainings; Power to Decide; Sex, Etc.; and Love is Respect. 

All of these resources have now been removed or hidden, as the following screenshot shows. Before or on the morning of September 15, 2022, after the CAE’s research was launched and drew public outcry, these resources were removed from the district’s website or replaced with an innocuous link. 

A Reducing the Risk link previously directing viewers to ETR trainings on Porn Literacy and Queering Sex Ed was changed to ETR’s home page.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy link, which took students to Power to Decide and showed kids where to get an abortion, has been completely removed from the district’s website. 

The Love is Respect link, which introduced kids to topics like polyamory and gender transitions and taught them to hide their browsing history from parents, has been replaced with a link to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Sex, Etc. link, taking students to articles such as Transgender Men Can Get Pregnant, Too, surveys about masturbation, anal sex, and AMAZE.org videos featuring cartoon depictions of porn and abortion have been completely removed from the health district’s website.

Look at the evidence for yourself.

The health district has offered no statement to explain the removal. At the very least, this deletion shows that Idaho’s government, in the form of the North Central Health District, has offered on its website ETR’s radical materials on porn literacy and other practices against state law. There is no telling what additional sex education materials our health officials and school officials are using. Only a full and fair accounting of what the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has contracted ETR to accomplish can reassure the public about the shadow government in Idaho’s schools. 

This transparency problem cannot be overlooked. Imagine if these sexually explicit resources were recommended on a school district’s health curriculum webpage. Parents would be outraged. But what parent would think to look at a public health district website to learn what their child is being taught in school? Here’s hoping that the Legislature asks the tough questions our health districts seem uninterested in answering. 

Anna Miller is education policy director at the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s Center for American Education. Follow her on Twitter at @annakate_miller. Scott Yenor is a Washington Fellow at the Claremont Institute’s Center for the American Way of Life. Follow him on Twitter at @scottyenor.

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  • Carol Menges says:

    We'll see where they get spirited away the next time. They will not be gone for long. This is war, and it only "wins" when one side is totally destroyed one way or another.

  • Al says:

    Interesting, IFF, that part of the "evidence" you list is that "the health district has offered no statement to explain the removal".
    Particularly interesting since IFF's stated policy is to not respond to requests from the media.
    I have personally called upon IFF to respond to my debunking of its claims that Nampa School District is teaching CRT in its Social Emotional Learning program. Wayne? Fred? Anna? May i now take your silence as admission that my claims against you are true?
    Will you continue to reject my challenge or, by IFF's logic, are you conceding that i am right?

    • Bobby W says:

      Dr.Yenor is on sabbatical from BSU, Al. Good. Maybe students there will have a professor who teaches them that creating public outcry does not prove your claims are right. And when the victim of your claims takes remedial steps to minimize the outcry, that isnt "evidence" the claims are true.
      Good grief, Dr Yenor, do you teach that stuff to students?

    • Fred Birnbaum says:

      Al, all that I can say is that you look for the splinter in IFF's eye while ignoring the log in the establishment's eye. We don't need to concede anything to you.

      • Al says:

        You've received my email. Will you refer to it and point to my errors in fact or logic? No?
        I rji8eviewed the curriculum at Nampa High School. I took IFF's Tool Kit for identifying CRT and looked, in good faith, for any indicia of anything IFF would claim to be CRT.
        Nothing.
        Thats what i found and thats how much CRT is being taught there.
        My challenge to IFF is to go with me. Show me where the CRT is to be found. Tell me of a single example where it was taught.
        Individuals with families, friends and people they care for. Thats who IFF id accusing without any evidence. That is plain bullying and is shameful.
        I went with eyes wide open and did actual research at the scene of what IFF declared CRT to be occurring. No splinter in my eyes, my friend.
        And i will not turn a blind eye to IFF's shameful bullying and defamation of an innocent person.
        If IFF's conduct in that article is respectable to you, then, no, splinters are the least of your concerns. Youre not even willing to open your eyes and consider whether you might be wrong before willingly defaming someone. Dont wag the finger at me on this my friend. IFF has finally fully opened my eyes as to what your companys true motivation is. I want a better Idaho. And ridiculing people is not the way, whether they are innocent of your accusations or guilty. All the worse when you lack the moral fortitude to back up your accusations with real research of facts and rise to the challenge when somone wants to defend the people you attack. Thats shameful. You people can make your point in a better way.

      • Bobby W says:

        You've got the Bible verse boogered up, Fred.

        “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?" Matthew 7:3

        Given your take on it, sounds like you've got no problem with Al's eyes, you just don't like that he's criticizing you instead of criticizing "the establishment". Not much of a defense, there, Fred...

        What you're really saying is, "That's not fair! They're even worse than us!"
        Or, another way of saying that is, "That's not equitable!"

        And, no, that word "equity" doesn't mean I just indoctrinated somebody in CRT!! LOL!!!! That's the kind of "evidence" you guys are looking for, right? LOL!

        • Al says:

          That's funny, BW. You're right. My apologies for the long rant, Fred, you weren't calling me out in the standard use of that rebuke of hypocrisy by Jesus, you weren't even saying I was wrong. You were just basically saying, IFF may be wrong, but the establishment is even worse. Why aren't you criticizing them? Right?
          Anyway, my promise stands. Name any event. Name any example. Point me in the direction of any moment or reference in curriculum or any "happening" where CRT has been taught in Nampa's SEL program. Do so and as I promised, I will publicly confess my error and apologize to IFF. Per the logic of Yenor and Miller in this article, IFF's silence is "evidence" against it. Right?
          Or have I misplaced that plank somewhere and somebody is putting it to use?

      • Bobby W says:

        Anybody reading this, understand what Fred is saying. In IFF's fight against "the establishment" they are are willing to pick on innocent teachers, to lie and fabricate claims, with no ethical standards. Morally repugnant behavior.

  • KJ says:

    Ask yourself, who is thew head of Idaho's government.

    Why brad little who did nothing to stop this crap. A rino at best.

  • Bruce Hendricks says:

    No one should expect that Gov. Small will do anything to address this issue. That would take moral courage and an IQ above 90, neither of which he has. His main concern is to placate and satisfy his corporate masters.

    It's going to take a complete overhaul of the current state GOP regime to get them to begin to represent the voters who for some reason continue to vote for them.

    Think locally and act locally. Concentrate on getting the right people in city council positions, school boards, as well as sheriff's who will back locals over the Federal Leviathan.

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