It’s fine for individuals to make decisions about sex according to their own religious beliefs, of course. It’s not acceptable, however, for the religious beliefs of a minority of Americans to warp the educational process for the nation as a whole.
That 176 million dollars being spent on abstinence-only education could be spent much better in other places – such as the proposed research into the problem of ocean acidification.
These traditions don’t hold, as the Southern Baptists do, that moral status is a simple, all or nothing thing of purity or damnation. They teach a more practical morality that takes context into account.