Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Scarlett's letter

In the almost six years of his Presidency, George W. Bush has drawn the ire of many of the Hollywood elites.

Indeed, the likes of Rob Reiner, Barbra Streisand and Sean Penn regularly savage President Bush regarding his policies on Iraq, the environment and his handling of Hurricane Katrina. You can now add Bush’s faith to the laundry list of what irks the sanctimonious Hollywood folks.

Scarlett Johansson has slammed President George W. Bush for his staunch conservative views on sex, criticizing the Republican for being too unrealistic in his opinions on the topic. The Lost In Translation star last month boasted about being so "socially aware" she gets tested for HIV twice a year.

And somehow Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank were the ones who ended up with the Nobel Peace Prize “for their efforts to create economic and social development from below.” Boy, if that description doesn’t fit ol’ Scar, eh?

A staunch Christian, Bush is vehemently anti-abortion and is seeking to have the operation made illegal in all US states. During his time as Governor of Texas, Bush overhauled the state's sex education system and high school students were taught abstinence was the only way to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases. Johansson says, "We are supposed to be liberated in America but if our President had his way, we wouldn't be educated about sex at all. Every woman would have six children and we wouldn't be able to have abortions."

However, a recent study shows that the teen birth rate is at its lowest point on record. That would mean that young girls are either embracing the abstinence message or having abortions.

The same study also determined an all-time high in out-of-wedlock births.

Unfortunately, that is more a reflection of the Hollywood life than the family message which President Bush advocates.

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