A GOP candidate for the Texas State Board of Education who fathered a child at age 16 said he opposes teaching students about contraception in schools, KERA News reported on Monday.
Eric Mahroum, who home-schools one of his two children, said that he thinks kids should be taught about sex at home and also supports displaying the Ten Commandments in school.
“I’m for that,” he said about a Ten Commandments display, “realizing not every child is going to have a Christian background but our country as a whole, we stem from the Judeo Christian values.”
Mahroum, an operations manager at a concessions company, is challenging incumbent Republican Pat Hardy, who told KERA that “knowledge is power” when asked about sex education and contraception. Hardy is a former social studies teacher and curriculum strategist.
While Texas requires schools to teach students about contraception, the textbooks used still preach abstinence, Dan Quinn of the Texas Freedom Network told KERA. He said that after this election, the state board will address sex education textbooks and how much students learn about contraception.
Mahroum has been endorsed by multiple creationist and anti-evolution current and former members of the State Board of Education, according to TFN Insider.
Image via Eric Mahroum on Facebook
[H/t Amanda Terkel]