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May 17, 2005

ACLU supports promiscuity

From the BBC:

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the US government over its funding of a nationwide sexual abstinence programme.

The ACLU says the Silver Ring Thing programme violates the principle that the state budget cannot be used to promote religion.

The programme, which targets teenagers, is an offshoot of a Christian ministry. Since 2003, it has received more than $1m from the Department of Health and Human Services.

The ACLU would see abstinence as “religious dogma” and the constant promotion of promiscuity and immorality in government schools as acceptable.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Boston, alleges that the Silver Ring Thing uses grant money to encourage young people to commit themselves to Jesus Christ.

"The courts have repeatedly said taxpayer dollars cannot be used to promote religion," said Julie Sternberg, an attorney with the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project.

"The Silver Ring Thing blatantly violates this principle."

Adherents to the programme wear a silver ring as a sign of their commitment to refrain from having sex until marriage.

The ACLU has complained that the programme's official rings are inscribed with verses from the Bible, 1 Thessalonians 4, 3-4, reading: "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 honour."

Right, they inscribed that many words on a little ring. Sounds to me like just another ACLU harassment suit, using the court to bully people.

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 17, 2005 05:22 AM

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