If you aren't at all familiar with this Silver Ring Thing bullshit, it's this Christian supremacist teenage abstinence program where kids get these silver rings (hence the name) that say inside them, no lie, "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 honor." I remember first hearing about this shit waaay back when I was a teenager and I'm pretty sure some of the kids that I went to college with out in Deliverance, MO were rocking the silver rings.
Of course, it's been proven time and time again that abstinence programs, Jesus-endorsed or otherwise, don't do jack shit to help prevent STDs and unwanted pregnancies, which I consider a form of STD. In fact, I've seen studies that state that kids who take part in these programs are even more likely to get certain STDs than kids who have the common sense to just strap it up and go for it. So in that sense, I really can't think of any good reason that abstinence should be taught in schools one way or the other, let alone Jesus-based abstinence, which, in addition to being Fucking Retarded, would of course be a huge violation of the separation of church and state.
And yet, this Monday, The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, claiming they illegally funneled over $1 million of tax payers' money into just such a ridonkulous program. You know, I'm usually too wasted to get involved with issues like these one way or the other, but lately, having this job that requires me to deal with poor people day in and day out, I'm beginning to realize that this whole issue of the public veneration and perpetuation of childbirth through various means really is the defining issue of our time.
More on this as it develops.