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Christian abstinence program plans to 'Take the Town'

A Jesus ring to help you say “I don’t,” before you say “I do”. From Hall Jewelers.

There’s no doubt that abstinence is the safest route for young people, given the rampant STDs, teen pregnancy, and poor-to-middling sex ed. However, when you have programs like this nonsense, which promotes abstinence-only education and virginity pledges instead of facts teens need to know about contraception and sexual health, you are asking for trouble.

In February, a study of Texas teens came out proving that abstinence-only programs, a major plank in President Bush’s education plan, do not work. Over $130 million is being stolen from the taxpayer cookie jar to fund this crap. The study showed about 23 percent of ninth-grade girls had sex before receiving abstinence education. After the course, 29 percent of the girls in the same group said they had had sex. For boys the result was even more stark: for tenth graders (14 to 15 years old), jumped from 24 percent to 39 percent, after receiving abstinence education.

Despite these statistics, the religious right continues its chastity crusade. The marital purity movement marches on. (Agape Press):

A Christian abstinence program has launched an initiative designed to help communities find strategies for reclaiming and proclaiming the value of sexual purity among young people.

True Love Waits (TLW) is a youth-based international campaign that uses positive peer pressure to encourage teenagers to commit to remain sexually pure until marriage. And now, through its new “Takes the Town” initiative, TLW is encouraging cities around the United States to engage in a unified, community-wide approach to promoting abstinence.

Jimmy Hester, a co-founder of TLW, says the new initiative will encourage more of America’s communities to embrace abstinence education in a comprehensive way. “And when I say community,” he explains, “I’m talking about the different parts of the community, such as businesses, health organizations, education organizations or schools; also media, and maybe even so local government.”

“Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime. Give a girl a jesus head chastity ring, and her fish won’t be eaten until she’s married.” (credit to ShakesSis). Factory79 Jewelers.

…TLW hopes to involve 50 communities during the first year of its “Takes the Town” initiative. The movement’s co-founder says the abstinence education initiative will not only challenge those cities and towns, but will also encourage those students who have actively participated in True Love Waits programs and emphases in recent years.

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