ThreadingWater bows to feministing for finding this tidbit. The Abstinence Clearinghouse is hosting their tenth annual conference in Kansas City this month and you won't believe what they've chosen as their theme:
we have chosen The Wizard of OZ as a theme. The movie shows a classic struggle of a lost girl and her misfit friends finding their way, against great odds and in the face of risk to reach their full potential. Many of the scenes and themes in this classic movie can be allegories for today's youth.
And really, what could be more appropriate for whipping up abstinence-only educators than a movie based on a drug-induced fantasy?
My favorite agenda item was "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (The State of Federal Abstinence Programs)" which comes with this descriptive text:
The abstinence community has made major headway through the years and at the helm of its accomplishments is the federal government.
Hmmm . . . Do you think someone should point out that the Wonderful Wizard was an incompetent fraud?
As long as we're rewriting the movie, my version has the Wicked Witch smoke-writing "Surrender Reason" across the sky.