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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Bush Caves To ACLU! Withdrawing Funding From Abstinence Programs!

A Christian attorney is expressing disappointment over President George W. Bush's decision to put on hold a federal grant to an abstinence education group. The Bush administration has decided to suspend funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Silver Ring Thing, arguing that the program "includes both secular and religious components that are not adequately safeguarded."

The Silver Ring Thing (SRT), a program designed to promote sexual purity, puts on shows at churches nationwide, using high-tech presentations that include skits, club-style music, video, and the distribution of silver rings to symbolize teens' pledge to delay sex until marriage. According to Associated Press reports, SRT has received $1.2 million in federal funding since 2003; however, a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union claims the ministry improperly used the money to fund religious activities.