Students Sue State Over Religious Messages In 'Abstinence Only' Annual Teen Summit

" (CN) - Mississippi uses tax dollars to fund an “overtly religious event” through its annual abstinence-only-until-marriage summit for teen-agers, say three students who attended the events. In their federal complaint, all three teens say they “plan to attend the annual summit in the future, and (s)he objects to and is offended by the religious content of the summit.”

 The three teen-agers, one of who sued anonymously through his parent, also anonymous, raise constitutional objections to "the annual abstinence-only-until marriage summit held at the Jackson Coliseum." They say that spending tax money on the program is a government endorsement of Christianity."

courthousenews.com/2009/09/11/Students_Sue_State_Over_Religious_Messages_In_Abstinence_Only_Annual_Teen_Summit.htm

How is it an endorsement of Christianity when Christianity is not the only religion that teaches abstinence outside of marriage, and advocating abstinence outside of marriage does not necessitate a religious viewpoint? As a means of controlling the spread of STDs and reducing the number of unplanned pregnancies, not even the most atheistically-minded doctor or layperson could fail to comprehend that abstinence is the preferred method.

Well after glancing through the linked article I’d say that they MIGHT have a point since it is alleged that the event opened with a minister giving an invocation, singing by a christian choir, and a speach on the ten commandments. These are obviously “religious messages”.
If the Government wishes to run such events and programs, which I think are good ideas, they need to be cognizant of the need to keep these things “secular” in nature. Now, because of this lawsuit, which will likely get more publicity than the actual event, the message of abstinance being a good idea, will get lost in a bunch of babble.

Peace
James

The state sponsors a speech on the Ten Commandments? That’s crossing the line.

Sounds like a valid case to me. There is no need to mix religion into the program.

There’s nothing wrong with what they did-just that they did it using taxpayer dollars. :wink:

Then this IS something wrong with what they did. - heh :smiley:

Peace
James

When society reaches a tipping point that results in the removal of all mention of Christian things in public discourse, the results are predictable. True Christians should not obsess about this but rather simply be faithful by praying for their country, voting their conscience, remembering that their citizenship is in Heaven (Philippians 3:20), and letting the “dead bury their dead” .

"Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” -Luke 9:60

Having a political ax to grind or being upset because a political opponent is wielding his ax in your direction is a recipe for discouragement. We should feed the hungry, heal the sick and clothe the naked. Being about our Father’s business and taking the long view is our calling.

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