Sunday, December 04, 2005

Tax Dollars being Fucked

There is a government funded program out there that is attempting to teach kids sex education with religious doctrine. The program is called " Silver Ring Thing". The idea is for young adults take a vow for abstinence until marriage. The program comes complete with "sketch comedy", "music videos", and lazer lightshow.

The Silver Ring was designed by Paul Bensel Jewelers of Yuma and is worn as a symbol and reminder of the abstinence pledge. The "Thing" in Silver Ring is the high-tech presentation that makes this program uniquely attractive. By featuring awesome lighting and video systems, hilarious skits, concert sound systems, high-energy music, TV's, computers, and a faith-based abstinence message, students become interested in the message being offered to them about their sex lives. In the first five years of operation, nearly 1000 teenagers completed the two-hour program, received a silver ring and signed an abstinence vow.

Like in this paragraph they seem to think they can blind people with rocks and sparks while thier real mission hides between the lines. Keep in mind, this is a government funded program.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...

There is another much more disturbing aspect to this group;

Denny Pattyn, a Christian youth minister, founded Silver Ring Thing in 1996. "After three-and-a-half hours of giving them our best shot [on stage], 75 percent become convinced and put on the ring," says Pattyn. "Our goal actually is to create a culture shift in America. We want to see the concept of abstinence be the norm rather than the exception."

Pattyn doesn’t just preach the virtues of sexual abstinence. His show is full of negative messages about condoms – messages warning that condoms won’t protect kids from pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

"We spoke with some of the kids after the show in Fort Myers and they said that going into the program they thought that condoms did work, but your show convinced them that they didn’t," says Bradley to Pattyn.

"Right. Well, that’s good because we believe that condoms aren’t the answer," says Pattyn.

The federal government is spending $167 million this year to spread that abstinence-only message. And there’s a law that says that for a program like Silver Ring Thing to receive government funding, it must not talk about the health benefits of using condoms -- only about how they fail.

Columbia University’s Peter Bearman co-authored the most comprehensive study ever done on adolescent health and sexuality. He says, "Sex education doesn’t cause all these negative outcomes. What causes these negative outcomes is kids who are having sex and aren’t protecting themselves."

So this program funded by me and you is teaching kids not to use condoms. The idea of sin and the idea of sex is a sin comes from a christian idea. Those who are not christian do not always share this idea. The social problem is teen pregnancy and STD's and the government is paying for programs like these to tell children that condoms, the things that are the most common prevention of pregnancy and STD's DO NOT WORK.

The fact that this program has already corrupted our youth and used tax payer money to do so is very sad. Someone needs to stop it and while it may not make a difference I encourage you to send an email to Denny Pattyn and beg him to stop this.
dpattyn@silverringthing.com











3 Comments:

Blogger Kelly-Monster said...

This is one of the most horrifying things to come to my attention in a long time; it's amazing how many stats the "Thing" site has without ever mentioning its <22% effectiveness rate (given by CBS). I've emailed the program asking their official stance on masturbation and same-sex couples just for shits and giggles (their online help form was not functioning, HA).

10:10 PM  
Blogger Dennis Cozzalio said...

"The federal government is spending $167 million this year to spread that abstinence-only message. And there’s a law that says that for a program like Silver Ring Thing to receive government funding, it must not talk about the health benefits of using condoms -- only about how they fail."

What is this law? And what reason would a government have for not downplaying, but banning the mention of any kind of health benefits, and including only statistics that could, if isolated from all other performance indicators, be construed only as negative? This make no sense, which is why it's believable that it's coming from under the umbrella of the current administration. But I wanna hear more about this law, because that's what's more disturbing to me. Say I wanted government money to publish a book about the benefits of reading, and some faction of the government thought that through the act of reading its constituents might come across ideas that might sway them against the direction of their country's leadership. Is it such an Orwellian leap to imagine that such a law might be invoked to insist that reading is fundamental, all right, but only if what you're reading about is the danger of nasty paper cuts that you're putting yourself in by turning the pages? I applaud the idea of abstinence before marriage while recognizing the reality of the world kids grow up in, and ignoring the fact that condoms are far more effective than they are ineffective is just agenda-laden doublespeak. I'll send an e-mail while remaining cynical that the lunkheads who think this is a good idea could ever be persuaded by anything as subtle as rational, cogent thought.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Roscoe said...

I'll send an e-mail while remaining cynical that the lunkheads who think this is a good idea could ever be persuaded by anything as subtle as rational, cogent thought.

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Those are my fears exactly.

I think you make a good point about this current administration and their lean to towards diminishing the seperation from church and state.

I have and remain more conservative not because I agree with them but becasue their small government regarding business appeal to me and I feel confident in the constitution in protecting me from thier religious imperialism.

After this among other things, I'm not so sure.

10:28 PM  

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