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Score one against abstinence-only ed

The ludicrous virginity pledge organization Silver Ring Thing (“A high-tech, high-energy program for teens promoting the idea of remaining sexually abstinent until marriage”) has lost its funding from the Bush admin, as a result of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU. It alleged that the operation was using the funds to proselytize.

The government terminated the grant effective January 31. (

The settlement means the Silver Ring Thing, which doles out silver rings to remind young people of their promise to abstain from sex, will not be eligible for federal money unless it changes its program to ensure the money isn’t used for religious purposes.

The organization has received more than $1 million in federal funding during the past three years, the Associated Press reported.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against the program in U.S. District Court in Boston in May.

The WaPo reported last March that those virginity pledges touted by head-in-the-sand organizations like True Love Waits and the Silver Ring Thing are doing nothing to stop STDs. Among the 20 percent of kids that took a virginity pledge, 61 percent of the consistent pledgers and 79 percent of the inconsistent pledgers reported having intercourse before marrying or prior to 2002 interviews. Almost 7 percent of the students who did not make a pledge were diagnosed with an STD, compared with 6.4 percent of the “inconsistent pledgers” and 4.6 percent of the “consistent pledgers.”

So much for success on the “sexual purity” front.

* Virginity pledge org busted by feds for proselytizing on your dime

Hat tip, PageOneQ.

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