Thursday, June 09, 2005

Federal Funds for Bible-based Program

In a blatant run around the wall of separation between church and state, the Department of Health and Human Services is bankrolling the Pennsylvania-based John Guest Evangelistic Team's religiously oriented chastity program The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit. And Cynthia Cooper of Women's eNews has a report.

"The Silver Ring Thing," writes Cooper, "is a live three-hour, high-tech sound, light and video show complete with actors and comedy sketches with a stated mission to impress teens to promote teen chastity and so-called Christian values."

"The mobile shows -- set up in churches, conference centers and other venues around the country--culminate with teens pledging abstinence until they present a silver ring that symbolizes their celibacy to their spouse on their wedding day... The $15 silver rings that teens are encouraged to buy for the ceremony are inscribed with a biblical reference of 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4, which reads 'God wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin. Then each of you will control your body and live in holiness and honor.'"

The Silver Ring Thing newsletter, Cooper reports, "mentions Jesus Christ 17 times in 8 pages. 'Who would have ever thought we would see the day when promoting sexual abstinence among students would become an opportunity to communicate the Good News of the Gospel?' the newsletter asks."

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[Crossposted from FrederickClarkson.com]

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