Teenage Purity Rings

 December 31, 2008

Kioni Lansbury was told she could not wear her purity ring to school, which was a violation of her rights (see story below)

A recently released study is claiming teenage virginity pledges do not work. I disagree. Have they questioned the millions of teens who’ve made this pledge, to see how many adhered to it and how many did not. To release such broad statements after having surveyed a small sampling of the Christian population is irresponsible and inaccurate. There are many Christians that wait until marriage to have sex. To release and tout such a questionable study as fact is to disregard and dishonor them for the character and integrity they’ve shown.

7 Factors That Foster Teen Virginity, Pledge or No Pledge

December 30, 2008 11:49 AM ET | Bernadine Healy M.D. – Pledges of no sex until marriage don’t work, especially if taken by 15- or 16-year-olds, according to a recent study in the journal Pediatrics. Despite broken promises, however, virginity-pledging teens were considerably more conservative in their overall sexual behaviors than teens in general—a fact that many media reports have missed cold. In other words, the act of making a virginity pledge doesn’t appear to affect a teen’s future sexual behavior. But the kind of teen who takes a pledge is the kind who’s already likely to be sexually restrained throughout adolescence.

http://www.usnews.com

Teenager banned from wearing Christian purity ring says school discriminated against her faith

A 12-year-old girl claims her school has discriminated against her faith after banning her from wearing a Christian purity ring. Kioni Lansbury was ordered to remove the jewellery, which shows her commitment to no sex before marriage, after a teaching assistant spotted it in class.

She now says that The Kings School in Ottery St Mary, Devon, should be supporting her stand against promiscuity – and that her purity ring is a religious symbol like the Muslim hijab. ‘Lots of girls sleep around and this ban does not give the right message to others. I want to keep myself pure,’ Kioni said.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk

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