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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Abstinence-only organization busted

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has decided to stop funding an evangelical-run abstinence-only program called the Silver Ring Thing (yes, that really is its name--apparently Jesus Says Keep It In Your Pants Until You Get Hitched doesn't have quite the same, well, ring to it) because it was directly promoting religion.


William Smith, the vice president for pubic policy for The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S., had this to say:

"The Silver Ring Thing's program activities are just the tip of the iceberg in exposing what the federal abstinence-only- until-marriage programs are all about. The American people have endured a lack of oversight of these programs by our government for far too long. It is our hope that the decision to suspend funding to the Silver Ring Thing is the first of many, and that HHS will reexamine its entire portfolio of these unproven, and potentially harmful, programs."

Hmm, "tip of the iceberg"? Yes, you could call it that...


  • At 8:22 AM, Blogger Michael J. West said…

    That's too bad. "Jesus Says Keep It In Your Pants Until You Get Hitched" would make such a lovely acronym ("Yes, I'm a member of JSKIIYPUYGH"). On the other hand, Silver Ring Thing is conducive to pickup lines from the nonbelievers. " wanna see MY Silver Ring Thing?"

  • At 11:12 AM, Blogger halcyon67 said…

    Ha, Michael.

    There are tons of these groups. I am waiting for the HHS to bush Love In Action Refuge.

    Who will lie to our children and distort their view of sex now?

  • At 11:16 AM, Blogger Boinkette said…

    And the funny thing abotu Love in Action Refuge is that it spells LIAR...


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