Informationsmarktverzerrung durch Fundamentalismus am Beispiel der USA

Kapitel 3: Sexuelle Aufklärung und AIDS

3. Informationsmanagement der Fundamentalisten: Abstinence only

von Margarete Payer


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Payer, Margarete <1942 - >: Informationsmarktverzerrung durch Fundamentalismus am Beispiel der USA. -- Kapitel 3: Sexuelle Aufklärung und AIDS. -- 3. Informationsmanagement der Fundamentalisten: Abstinence only. -- Fassung vom 2005-04-19. -- URL:

Erstmals publiziert: 2005-03-23

Überarbeitungen: 2005-04-19 [Ergänzungen]; 2005-04-11 [Ergänzungen]; 2005-04-06 [Ergänzungen]

Anlass: Lehrveranstaltung an der Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart, Sommersemester 2005

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0. Übersicht

1. Abstinence only

"To exemplify the perverseness placed on female sexuality, Ann Landers replied to a man in one of her columns in 1994 "that he should not marry a woman whose hymen was not totally intact or he would always consider that he had settled for "damaged goods." Landers went on to recommend potential spouses be medically examined to determine their virginity. Shirley Gillett, contributing author to Women, Abuse, and the Bible: How Scripture Can Be Used to Heal or Hurt, says that many evangelical books warn men against considering marriage to a woman unless she's a virgin. Therefore, even women who have been raped or sexually abused as a child are considered 'damaged goods.'" Women who've engaged in teen sex or premarital sex as an adult are demonized by fundamentalists. This plants images in women's minds that sex is a filthy act from which they failed to abstain. It can affect both their emotional and sexual health, as they eventually come avoid sex altogether."

[Kimberly Blaker. -- In: The fundamentals of extremism : the Christian right in America / edited by Kimberly Blaker.  -- New Boston, Mich. : New Boston Books, ©2003.  -- 287 S. ; 22 cm.  -- ISBN: 0972549617. -- S. 101. -- {Wenn Sie HIER klicken, können Sie dieses Buch bei bestellen}]


Abb.: Für Papst und Fundamentalisten — zumindest bei Unverheirateten — Werkzeuge des Teufels: Kondome und Antibabypille
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"Modern abstinence movements

The advent of AIDS helped restore the momentum of the favourable view of abstinence. But currently there are issues as to what abstinence means: is it an abstinence from sexual intercourse or from sexual behaviour? Movements such as True Love Waits in America which asks teenagers to refrain from sex before marriage are heavily subscribed but surveys of sexual behaviour indicate an increase in the popularity of oral sex. Oral sex is not perceived as being "real sex." Teenage girls are able to indulge in sexual practices while claiming the traditional virtues of the virgin in cultures that admire it.

The effectiveness of abstinence programs and movements remains doubtful. The study "Promising the Future: Virginity Pledges and First Intercourse" by Peter Bearman and Hanna Brückner examined the relationship between virginity pledges and first sexual intercourse. From the abstract [1]:

Since 1993, in response to a movement sponsored by the Southern Baptist Church, over 2.5 million adolescents have taken public virginity pledges, in which they promise to abstain from sex until marriage. This paper explores the effect of those pledges on the transition to first intercourse. Adolescents who pledge are much less likely to have intercourse than adolescents who do not pledge. The delay effect is substantial. On the other hand, the pledge does not work for adolescents at all ages. Second, pledging delays intercourse only in contexts where there are some, but not too many, pledgers. The pledge works because it is embedded in an identity movement. Consequently, the pledge identity is meaningful only in contexts where it is at least partially nonnormative. Consequences of pledging are explored for those who break their promise. Promise breakers are less likely than others to use contraception at first intercourse.

The effects observed in this study could be explained as mere correlations: Adolescents who feel the desire to take part in the virginity movement are more likely to remain abstinent for a variety of reasons, and less likely to have knowledge about contraception. Some studies have found that school-based abstinence programs actually increase the incidence of pregnancies (see sex education).

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Ein Bisschen Statistik (cohabitation = Zusammenleben unverheirateter Paare):

"Cohabitation (2001)  
  • During the period during which they were single, one out of every three adults (33%) has lived with someone of the opposite gender, other than family members or relatives.
  • Co-habitation is much more common among men (39% have done so) than among women (28%).
  • Almost half (44%) of those under age 35 have co-habited, compared to one-third (33%) of those in the 35 to 49 age bracket, one-quarter (24%) of those in their fifties and sixties, and just 1% of adults who are in their seventies or older.
  • One-quarter (25%) of born again Christians have co-habited. Among self-identified Christian who do not hold beliefs that classify them as “born agains,” 37% have co-habited. Forty-two percent of adults who associate with a faith other than Christianity have co-habited, and 51% of atheists have co-habited.
  • Catholics are more likely than are Protestants to have cohabited (36% to 30%, respectively)."

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2. Eine Auswahl von Sexualabstinenzpropagandisten

Abb.: Virgin — Teach your kid it's not a dirty word. -- Reklametafel
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Abstinence Clearinghouse. -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-09 [Siehe unten

The purpose of this organization is to promote the appreciation for the practice of sexual abstinence until marriage through distribution of age-appropriate materials. -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-09

Real Reasons for Real People—Your up-to-date, interactive information source on abstinence issues and education for Governor's Program on Abstinence [siehe unten!].

Abstinence Educators' Network, Inc. -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-09

Abstinence Educators' Network. Inc. is a non-profit organization composed of individuals and agencies who are deeply concerned about the sexual health of young people. Their mission is to assist youth in avoiding untimely pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases and emotional trauma through character-based, premarital abstinence education and support.

Abstinence The Better Choice, Inc.-- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-09

Their mission is to teach children virtues that equip them to make responsible, educated health decisions regarding drugs, alcohol and premarital sex. They promote and provide age-appropriate, parent-involved abstinence and character education in schools and communities. Their programs are Title V eligible.

Aim for Success. --

Aim for Success, a non-profit organization that began 1993, is the largest provider of abstinence education in the state of Texas. Through live, interactive presentations, students are encouraged to develop strong, responsible character as they deal with one of life's most difficult issues--sexual pressure.

Abb.: Glückwunsch von Präsident G. W. Bush
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Life Network. -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-09

Formerly The Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center presents various abstinence and STD education programs for the community. Programs include "Education for a Lifetime," "The Seven Myths of Sexuality" and "A Doctor's Look at STD's and Abstinence."

Day of Purity Project. -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-09

The Day of Purity is a day when this nation's youth can make a public demonstration of their commitment to remain sexually pure, in mind and actions.

Abb.: Day of Purity T-Shirt
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Family of the Americas. -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-09

The Most Effective Natural Method For Achieving or Postponing Pregnancy: 

The Ovulation Method (OM) 
Natural Family Planning (NFP)

Free Teens USA. -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-09 [siehe unten]

Free Teens USA is a reality-based, abstinence-and-marriage-centered organization founded in 1994. It uses innovative media and its new RQ: Relationship Intelligence curriculum to empower teens in public and private schools and churches nationwide and internationally to stand up for the abstinence-until-marriage lifestyle.

Respect, Inc. -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-09

Coleen Mast’s Sex Respect® educational program is a positive down-to-earth program designed to provide teens with information and help them develop attitudes that have been overlooked by many other secular sex education programs.

The Sex Respect® program teaches teens that saying “no” to premarital sex is their right, is in the best interest of society and is in the spirit of true sexual freedom.

SAFE, Inc. -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-09

SAFE, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization whose goal is to assist young people to remain virgins until marriage or embrace the concept of secondary virginity. This is accomplished through school assemblies, parent seminars, church programs and community rallies. They believe that young people are best served by educational programs that emphasize self-discipline, the value of the individual and respect for others. -- --  Zugriff am 2005-03-16

Abb.: Put a lock on it. -- Inserat von Sexcanwait
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Hier kann man die entsprechenden TV-Spots sehen: -- Zugriff am 2005-03-16 [Sehr sehenswert!] 

Hier kann Man die Radio-Spots hören: -- Zugriff am 2005-03-16 [Besonders hörenswert ist der Condom-Spot]

STAND, Inc. (Students Taking a New Direction). -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-09

A Faith-Based Sexual Abstinence Ministry for Students

Abb.: Gratulationsschreiben von Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida und Bruder des Präsidenten G. W. Bush, an STAND
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Teen-Aid, Inc. -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-09

Teen-Aid, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization. The organization's sole purpose is to promote character development and abstinence until marriage through educating students and parents. They offer a complete line of curriculum for grades K-12 including videos and games. Teacher training for schools and community workers plus consultation for community outreach are available.

Abb.: Personal Commitement Card [Bildquelle: -- Zugriff am 2005-03-09]

Teen Choices. -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-09

" - a place where you can get honest, straightforward answers to your questions concerning puberty, human reproduction, dating, marriage, sexual relationships, pregnancy, AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and much more.

We have done everything within our power to make sure the information presented on this web site is accurate, and specific references as to where the information was obtained is often noted. However, it is important to emphasize that this web site does not claim to be nor should it be viewed as a medical site or a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, or testing. The Teen Choices, Incorporated staff simply wants to inform, educate, and provide encouragement and support for young people, so they will make healthy choices and avoid the problems that premarital sex often causes."

WAITT - Wanting An Individual To Trust -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-09

This wellness and prevention program specifically focuses on healthy lifestyles and abstinence education through conferences, seminars, and rallies. WAITT events are great for school groups, colleges, churches, camps, youth organizations, and more.

Why kNOw Abstinence Education Program. -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-09

Why kNOw is a fact-based abstinence program (Chattanooga, Tenn., area) presented live to schools, youth groups, and civic organizations to teach teens the benefits of a faithful, committed marriage relationship and the emotional and physical risks of extramarital sex. This program for grades 6-12 is available in two forms: the Why kNOw Public School Curriculum and the Why kNOw Christian Curriculum.

Worth the Wait. -- -- Zugriff am 2005-03-09

Worth the Wait travels nationwide doing True Love Waits/Abstinence/Relationship services and programs in churches and schools along with camps and conferences. WTW also offers curriculum for those who wish to do the program on their own.

2.1. Louisiana Governor's Program on Abstinence (GPA)

Abb.: Lage von Louisiana (Quelle: US House of Representatives)

Webpräsenz: -- Zugriff am 2005-03-09

"[This section is under development and will be fully developed once Spring Convention Registration is complete.] [Hintergrund: der Rechtsstreit mit der ACLU, siehe unten!]

About the Louisiana Governor's Program on Abstinence


An entire generation has now witnessed the tragedy of social planning gone amuck. Out-of-wedlock births and sexually transmitted diseases have reached staggering proportions. We see first-hand the result of a quarter century of dismal social engineering. Its time for a rebirth of truth to lead us back to healthy lifestyles. It is incumbent upon us to lead a fallen generation back to ordered liberty. Its time for a return to responsibility, healthy lifestyles, and a bright future. It’s time for Abstinence—The New Sexual Revolution!


Congress enacted the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (Welfare Reform), which featured an education program on abstinence (no sex outside of marriage). The purpose of the program is to reduce out-of-wedlock births and sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s). An authorization of $50 million per year for five years is being issued to states through block grants to implement abstinence education programs. Louisiana’s share of the funding is $1.6 million per year.


The Governor’s Program on Abstinence has embarked on an ambitious plan to teach an abstinence/health class to public school seventh graders throughout Louisiana. The curriculum is designed to be taught one hour a week for twelve weeks, and, in accordance with Louisiana State Statue Title 17, section 281, the course is taught with the approval of the local school boards in existing Health and P.E. classes. We are recruiting volunteer teachers to present our abstinence curriculum in Health and P.E. classes at the seventh grade level. For more information on the GPA Curriculum...


The Governor’s Program on Abstinence is also working to establish GPA Clubs in all Louisiana high schools. These clubs serve as a training ground for young abstinence advocates, and provide support for those young people who have chosen to live and abstinent lifestyle. For more information on GPA Clubs, go to the Club section...

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Student Workbook

Supported in part by the Abstinence Education Grant Program from the
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services
Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Title V of the Social Security Act

Governor's Program on Abstinence Office of the Governor 150 Third Street, Suite 404 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70801 July 2004
The Louisiana Governor's Program on Abstinence promotes the ideals of the Federal Abstinence Education Initiative that incorporates the following requirements:

The Title V program requires the states to fund education that:

  1. Has as its exclusive purpose, teaching the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized by abstaining from sexual activity;
  2. Teaches abstinence from sexual activity outside marriage as the expected standard for all school-age children;
  3. Teaches that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and other associated health problems;
  4. Teaches that a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in the context of marriage is the expected standard of human sexual activity;
  5. Teaches that sexual activity outside of the context of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects;
  6. Teaches that bearing children out-of-wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the child, the child's parents and society;
  7. Teaches young people how to reject sexual advances and how alcohol and drug use increases vulnerability to sexual advances; and
  8. Teaches the importance of attaining self-sufficiency before engaging in sexual activity.


Fall 2002

Concerned Citizens of Louisiana,

The Louisiana Governor's Program on Abstinence (GPA) has developed this curriculum to slow the sexually transmitted disease (STD) epidemic that threatens the health and well being of our young people.

Current medical research shows that the numbers of STD's in our state require our immediate attention. This year alone, 300,000 Louisianians will contract an STD, and two-thirds of these are young people between the ages of fourteen and twenty-five. Most of these diseases are viral and incurable, some are deadly, and all are more than simply an inconvenience.

For example, the most prevalent STD in America today is Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Between 5 and 6 million Americans will contact HPV this year. This potentially serious disease may be incurable, and high risk strains are considered to be responsible for 99.7% of all cases of cervical cancer; approximately 5000 American women die of cervical cancer every year. HPV is spread by intimate skin to skin contact, such as occurs during sexual activity, and according to numerous studies (Centers for Disease Control and the American Cancer Society, for example), condoms offer no protection from HPV.

In recent years, our young people have been given the false impression that sexual activity can be "safe" outside of marriage. The truth is that scientific studies have demonstrated time and again that condoms are ineffective in preventing the spread of most STDs.
This "safe sex" message has become part of our conventional wisdom despite firm medical evidence showing that abstinence is the only true protection available. "Safe sex" may be good news for the contraception and abortion industries, but it is bad news for the young people of our state.

It is our sincere hope that by dispelling the myth of "safe sex", we can bring to the youth of our state the message that abstaining from sexual activity outside of marriage is the only protection from a potentially deadly disease. To that end, we wholeheartedly endorse this medically accurate and straightforward approach to presenting the health benefits of abstinence to the young people of our state.


Dee Burbank, M.D., MPH
W. A. Krotoski, M.D., Ph.D., MPH
GPA Medical Advisors

Lesson One


Health Crisis Fact Sheet

  • In 1970 there were two major sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Today there are 25 major STDs.
  • The U.S. population in 1970 was 205 million.2 The number of STDs reported to public health was 692,870 3 or about one out of every 300 Americans. The STDs were bacterial and curable.
  • The U.S. population in 2000 was 275 million.
  • 70 million Americans have a viral, incurable STD4 - 45 million with herpes15 and 25 million with HPV4 - or about one out of every four Americans.
  • 15 million new cases of STDs were estimated for this year, two-thirds of which were young people between 14 and 25 years of age.
  • More than 40,000 young Americans each day will acquire an STD this year.
  • In Louisiana this year, about 300,000 people will get an STD.
  • The term "safe sex" first appeared in America in the 1980's in an attempt to alleviate the widespread fear of AIDS.
  • For every unwed teenager who gets pregnant this year, 10 teenagers will get an STD.
  • Today the most prevalent STD is the human papilloma virus (HPV). There will be 5.5 million new cases of HPV in America this year.
  • 99.7% of all cervical cancer worldwide is caused by HPV.8 5,000 American women will die this year from cervical cancer.
  • HPV can be spread by any skin-to-skin contact. Condoms cannot protect against infection with HPV.
  • More women die each year from HPV/cervical cancer1 than from HIV/AIDS.
  • 1996 estimate for STD medical costs in Louisiana was $159 million.
  • For every $1 spent on STD prevention, $43 is spent on treatment.
  • The teenage birthrate is at the lowest level in six decades, since the statistics have been reported.
  • Most contraceptives do not protect against transmission of HIV and other STDs.
  • There is no clinical data that condoms prevent syphillis, chlamydia, herpes, HPV, hepatitis B or trichnomosaisis."

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Gegen dieses staatliche Programm ging The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) von Louisiana vor Gericht:

"ACLU, Louisiana Governor's Program on Abstinence Settle Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Suit

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Louisiana filed suit last spring [2002] in a Federal District Court alleging that Louisiana's Governor's Program on Abstinence (GPA) was unconstitutionally using federal abstinence-only-until-marriage funds to promote religion. In a settlement reached on November 8, the GPA agreed to monitor its grantees more closely to ensure that no federal funds are used for this purpose.

"We are gratified that the governor's office has agreed to keep religion out of state-sponsored sex education programs," said Catherine Weiss, director of the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project. She also noted that the "settlement should put other states on notice that using taxpayer money to promote religious beliefs violates the basic principle of religious freedom and will not be tolerated."

As evidence of unconstitutional promotion of religion, the ACLU cited examples from a GPA "fact sheet" that talked about restoring the "Judeo-Christian heritage in America" and from official monthly reporting forms submitted to the GPA from its grantees.

One of the grantee's forms reported that the program focused on the "virgin birth" and made it apparent that "God desires sexual purity as a way of life." The form also said that "there were several young people who did not know about Joseph and Mary nor how they live for God."

Other programs funded by the GPA claimed to rely on "scriptural concepts" to teach abstinence or state that teenagers receive "Biblical instruction on purity." In another Louisiana program, federal funds were used to produce a play with numerous references to God. One program used GPA funds to support prayers outside of abortion clinics, and another used $750 to purchase Bibles for participants.

"The principle of religious liberty is violated when public money is used to promote religious beliefs," said Ms. Weiss. "This kind of misuse of public funds has a long history in [abstinence-only-until-marriage] programs, even though the law requires that their content be secular."

In July, a U.S. District Judge ruled that the GPA had illegally provided funding to organizations that were relaying religious messages with the funds and ordered the GPA to stop funding those grantees. Louisiana appealed. This settlement now ends the lawsuit.

The settlement requires that all grantees submit monthly reports to the GPA stating that the money is not used to fund religious activities. In addition, the GPA is required to visit their grantees four times a year to review the activities funded with the federal abstinence-only-until-marriage dollars. They must also review lessons and curricula prior to their use.

The GPA is required to post a statement on its web site as well as on all promotional materials that reads: "The GPA is a health and education program committed to promoting and publicizing the benefits of abstinence. Under limits imposed by the Constitution, the GPA's funds may not be used for activities, events or materials that include religious messages or otherwise promote or advance religion."

"The lawsuit was an attempt to intimidate Governor Foster and the GPA into backing away from our common sense message of abstinence," said Dan Richey, the GPA coordinator. "The ACLU tactics were a waste of time and money. Shame on them. Now we are looking forward to continuing to deliver this message of health and hope to young people in Louisiana." Richey also said that "President Bush's faith-based initiative is alive and well in Louisiana." "

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Reaktion des Governor of Lousiana:

Abb.: Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Governor of Louisiana (seit Januar 2004) [Pressefoto]

"Press Releases

Date: 12/9/2004

Contact: Denise Bottcher or Roderick Hawkins at 225-342-9037

Statement of Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Regarding ACLU Complaints about the Governor's Program on Abstinence

Today, my office responded formally to a letter of complaint sent to the media last month by the ACLU. This letter alleges that the Governor's Program on Abstinence may be violation of the 2002 Settlement Agreement regarding information contained on our website,

Let me state clearly that I believe my office is in full compliance with the Settlement Agreement, and the attached letter from my Executive Counsel details why we believe that the ACLU does not have a sound legal basis for its charges.

It seems to me that the ACLU has a philosophical disagreement with me because, in some cases, my website provides links to outside sites that discuss abstinence from a religious perspective. I hope that the ACLU would agree that among the many voices in this debate are those whose deep faith in God prompts them to discuss this issue from a religious perspective. This is a perspective that I and most Louisiana citizens strongly share. I would hope that the ACLU would never take the position that voices in the faith community are not legitimate and deserving of a respectful forum when public policy perspectives are debated.

In particular, two complaints by the ACLU are most disturbing. They relate to the website's "Ask the Experts" and "Skits" sections.

In the "Ask the Experts" section, the Q & A forum gives young people a chance to express themselves openly on the subject of abstinence. If these young people choose to discuss their faith in God as a motivating factor in their abstinence decision, they are well within their rights under the Constitution.

As for the "Skits" section, the skit entitled "The Wedding" does not promote any particular religion. Like most Louisiana citizens, I believe that marriage is a sacrament between a man and a woman. Therefore, I do not believe it inappropriate for the website to portray a couple being married by a religious leader which, after all, is the way the overwhelming majority of our citizens are married in this state under its laws. This promotes no specific religious belief. It is merely reflective of reality.

This is a nation founded on the principle of freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. Those whose faith in God motivates them to share their beliefs with others have rights that must be respected and protected.

While I do not believe that government should promote any religion, I will fight any efforts to banish the discussion of religious issues - in this case, links to outside websites - from any website or other forum under my jurisdiction. ###

Below is the letter written to the ACLU

December 9, 2004

Mr. Joe Cook
Executive Director ACLU of Louisiana
PO Box 56157 New Orleans, LA 70156-6157

Dear Mr. Cook:

Governor Blanco's Program on Abstinence (hereafter "GPA") along with the Governor's Executive Counsel's Office and the Attorney General's Office have reviewed the issues outlined in the ACLU letter dated November 15, 2004. Notwithstanding the fact that we have yet to receive the letter directly, we are proceeding to answer it in a timely manner as is appropriate under the terms of the 2002 Settlement Agreement.

Governor Blanco has been informed that the GPA has made several changes since the execution of the Settlement Agreement in November 2002. For example, the GPA website, all written material promoting the GPA, and all contracts with the GPA include the "Religious Disclaimer" language as ordered by the Agreement. All contractors submit monthly reports as a requirement for disbursement of funds describing their activities and use of GPA funds. These monthly reports include the "Religious Disclaimer" signed certification from the contractor as ordered by the Agreement. Furthermore, all contractors presenting education programs only use the GPA approved and authorized curriculum format.

The ACLU complaint letter asserts that the GPA may be in violation of a 2002 ACLU Settlement Agreement between the prior administration and the ACLU of Louisiana regarding information contained on the GPA website, The ACLU complaint specifically addresses four website content areas, which include: (a) the "Ask the Experts" section; (b) the downloadable "Skits" section; (c) the summaries and links within the "Student Coffeehouse" section (notably the "Fresh Start" section); and (d) various articles within the "Library" section.

A. Ask the Experts

"Ask the Experts" is a section on the GPA website that provides answers to visitor-submitted questions by "health care pros" and "counselors." The following are GPA funded "pros" currently providing answers: 1. Dee Burbank, MD, MPH, Louisiana GPA medical advisor. 2. Warren Dazzio, Marriage and Family Life, GPA speaker, Baton Rouge, La. 3., Nancy Victory, GPA Website/Clearinghouse, Shreveport, La. 4. Brenda Desormeaux, former GPA Region 8 Curriculum Coordinator.

There is no mention or promotion of religion in any response of the above-mentioned GPA funded contractors. Of the three issues listed in the complaint letter, two answers were from high school students and one answer was from a national-syndicated columnist. None of these individuals have received in any way, shape or form, funding from the Governor's Program on Abstinence. This open Q & A forum ensures that young people can exercise their right to free speech on the subject of abstinence. Governor Blanco believes that if these young people choose to discuss their faith in God as a motivating factor in their abstinence decision, they are well within their rights under the Constitution.

B. Skits

In reference to the skit entitled "The Wedding," the direction of the "Governor's Program on Abstinence" is to promote abstinence until "marriage." The view of marriage portrayed in this skit does not promote any particular religion, nor is it our intention to do so. Like most Louisiana citizens, Governor Blanco believes that marriage is a religious sacrament between a man and a woman. Therefore, she does not believe it inappropriate for the GPA website to portray a couple being married by a religious leader which, after all, is the way the overwhelming majority of our citizens are married in this state under its laws. This promotes no specific religious belief. It is merely reflective of reality.

C. Student Coffeehouse; and D. Library

These sections contain abstinence-related material as well as the provision of links to view additional information. In each instance, GPA neither wrote nor composed the articles. Additionally, in most cases, the GPA notice -- "Faith-based content" -- is located above the link. The religious disclaimer language as ordered by the 2002 Settlement Agreement does appear in the "About the Program" area of the website.

For each instance of the 2002 Settlement Agreement which orders GPA to include religious disclaimer language in contracts, contractor monthly reports, the website, and event promotion materials -- GPA has followed the Settlement Agreement. As you review the documents requested in the recent public records request by the ACLU, you will be able to verify this information first hand.


J. Terry Ryder"

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2.2. True Love Waits (TLW)

Abb.: True Love Waits Logo®

Webpräsenz: -- Uigriff am 2005-03-09

Make the TLW Pledge

"Believing that true love waits, I make a commitment to God, myself, my family, my friends, my future mate, and my future children to a lifetime of purity including sexual abstinence from this day until the day I enter a biblical marriage relationship."

The Five Commitments of True Love Waits

  • To God: Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."
  • To Yourself: Matthew 22:39 "And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
  • To Family: Philippians 4:5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
  • To Friends: John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."
  • To Future Mate and Children: 2 Timothy 2:22 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Do you want to make the True Love Waits pledge? Click YES.

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"Frequently Asked Questions about True Love Waits [for parents]

What is True Love Waits?

Created in April, 1993, and sponsored by LifeWay Christian Resources—the world’s largest provider of religious products and services—True Love Waits is an international campaign that challenges teenagers and college students to remain sexually abstinent until marriage. To date, over a million young people have signed covenant cards stating: “Believing that true love waits, I make a commitment to God, myself, my family, my friends, my future mate, and my future children to be sexually abstinent from this day until the day I enter a biblical marriage relationship.”

How has the campaign been carried out?

From the beginning True Love Waits has been a grass-roots effort that originated and has since been led by young people. Youth leaders have carried the True Love Waits message to young people through churches, student organizations, health-care groups, and on campuses across the nation. Numerous national, city-wide, and regional rallies have been held each year. Southern Baptists made the chastity campaign an ongoing annual emphasis by listing February as True Love Waits Month on their denominational calendar. Other denominations and religious groups have developed their own plans for participating in the campaign, many using the Southern Baptist plan as a model.

How big is True Love Waits?

More than 210,000 covenant cards were displayed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on July 29, 1994, as part of the first True Love Waits National Celebration. Approximately 25,000 young people attending DC ‘94 participated in the event. A second event, True Love Waits-Thru the Roof, occurred February 11, 1996, in Atlanta, Georgia, as part of the national youth ministers’ meeting Atlanta ‘96. This international display included 340,000 cards stacked from the floor to the roof of the Georgia Dome—and beyond. Over 18,000 youth and youth leaders attended. The True Love Waits Goes Campus phase was launched Valentine’s Day 1997. As part of True Love Waits Goes Campus 1998, a campaign report that included an additional 68,000 commitments was presented to state and national government leaders. Students continue to take the abstinence challenge to secondary schools and college campuses across America each February. On October 2, 1999, 1,500 youth carried 100,000 commitment cards across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. Cards were then mailed to Australia for a display December 31-January 1, 2000 as a symbol of crossing into the new millennium with commitments to purity. On June 13, 2000, 450 True Love Waits yard signs were displayed at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. This was the site of the first display of True Love Waits commitment cards.

Is True Love Waits just about refraining from intercourse? What about other practices such as oral sex?

True Love Waits is about following God's plan for purity. He calls us to be pure and holy. Sexual purity includes refraining from sex outside of marriage, but that is not all. To reflect the comprehensive call to sexual purity, this year, we have made an adjustment in the True Love Waits pledge. Check out the new True Love Waits commitment card.

How will TLW Goes Home be done? Will youth play a large part of it? Will the church just encourage families to do it?

Like always, True Love Waits is a call to teenagers to be sexually pure. Teenagers will be involved in studies, worship, rallies, and special events. However, with True Love Waits Goes Home, you will want to include parents with their teens in many of the events. Teenagers also should be included in leadership for True Love Waits. Place teenagers on your Planning Team. Invite them to share testimonies and do drama.

True Love Waits Goes Home should include both events at the church and experiences at home. It should include times for teens to be challenged, times for parents to be challenged, and times for the whole family of a teen to be challenged together. Get the True Love Waits Goes Home Manual 2003-2004 to start planning for a great emphasis.

Will the youth lead out in TLW in their homes, or will parents?

The Home Experiences in the True Love Waits Goes Home Manual are designed with the idea that parents will get the experience started. However, the experience will involve sharing from everyone, with no one family member taking complete charge. In many homes, a teenager may be the encourager that gets the whole family involved. In other homes, the parent will take more responsibility. The key is for families to work together to make their home a place that is characterized by sexual purity.

How do I find out more about True Love Waits?

For media inquiries and general information, call 1-800-LUV-WAIT; or e-mail: To order True Love Waits resources, WRITE Customer Service, One LifeWay Plaza, Nashville, TN 37234-0113; FAX 615-251-5933; PHONE 1-800-458-2772 (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday-Friday); E-MAIL to; ONLINE at; or visit the LifeWay Christian Store serving you.

Find more Frequently Asked Questions and their answers in the True Love Waits Goes Home Manual 2003-2004, available from LifeWay Christian Resources."

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"Frequently Asked Questions about True Love Waits [for teens]

What does sexual purity mean exactly?

Sexual purity includes abstaining from intercourse until marriage, but that is not all it means. Jesus said, "You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Matthew 5:27-28). By Jesus' definition, being sexually pure means not even dwelling on thoughts of sex with someone other than a spouse.

Until you are married, sexual purity means saying no to sexual intercourse, oral sex, and even sexual touching. It means saying no to a physical relationship that causes you to be "turned on" sexually. It means not looking at pornography or pictures that feed sexual thoughts.

Sexual purity does not end with marriage. Marriage partners are supposed to experience sexual love with each other in a way that is fulfilling to both. However, purity means being completely faithful to your spouse in thought and deed. "Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral" (Heb. 13:4).

Is sex a bad thing?

No. God designed us as sexual beings. He invented sex! He also made a place for it--marriage. In Genesis 2:24 God tells of His plan for marriage, that "a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." The sexual relationship makes the two become one flesh. The Bible speaks of sexual immorality, so there must also be such a thing as sexual morality, right? That morality is based on God's plan for sex.

If we're in love, isn't it OK?

God created sex for a lifetime commitment between one woman and one man. Sex outside of a committed marriage relationship violates God's standards. When you are wearing a wedding ring, you won't have to hope your partner loves you; you will have heard your spouse pledge to you in front of God, your families, and your friends. Anything less cheapens sex.

What if things just happen?

Sex is not an accident. Sex is progressive, meaning one act leads to another. Things won't "just happen" if you set boundaries and stick to them. If you make the decision now to abstain from sex and to live a pure life, then you will already know the answer before you encounter any compromising situation. Plus, the Holy Spirit gives us self-control to use when we are tempted.

Find more Frequently Asked Questions and their answers in the True Love Waits Goes Home Manual 2003-2004, available in October from LifeWay Christian Resources."

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"Ring Ceremony

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A True Love Waits Ring Ceremony is a special picture of the commitment to sexual purity shared between a parent and his or her teenage son or daughter. The ceremony typically takes place during a True Love Waits Commitment Service. In it a parent presents a ring to his or her teenager to wear as a symbol of that teenager's commitment to purity. The Ring Ceremony can be the most pivotal, meaningful event on your church calendar because it can impact the lives of students and families for generations.

Preparing for the Ring Ceremony

A few weeks before the True Love Waits Ceremony invite the parents to purchase a ring or some other gift for their teens. These rings will be a symbol of their mutual commitment to a lifetime of purity. While you can use a plain, simple ring, True Love Waits rings have been specifically designed for this ceremony. Click here for rings. Some churches choose to purchase matching rings for all members of the family. These rings serve as a reminder of the commitment of the family to sexual purity.

Some teenagers in your church may not have parents who will participate with them in the ring ceremony. Enlist a significant adult for each of these students to participate in the ring ceremony with them.

During the Ring Ceremony

Before the service photocopy the script on the following page and distribute copies to all participants in the Ring Ceremony. Make sure that each parent or significant adult has the ring to present to his or her teenager.

Begin the Ring Ceremony with prayer. A sample prayer is listed below. This could be read or used as a guideline for the person who leads in prayer.

“Lord, more than anything in this world we want an intimate, pure relationship with You. We want to glorify You in every aspect of our lives. Use this time to underscore our spiritual relationship. We are in You. We are Your body. We are the bride. You are the Groom. Before we can seek to be pure before each other, we must be pure before You. Thank You, Father that purity is attainable through the gift of Jesus on the cross. Teach us what it means to bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. This is something we cannot do without You. So we claim You as our Lord and our Guide. In the pure name of Christ we pray. Amen.”

Use the following script to guide the congregation through the ceremony. After the charge to the students, conclude this ceremony with prayer.

After the Ring Ceremony

Invite parents, students, and the church family to a casual celebration in the fellowship area of the church. Decorate the room with old photos and family memorabilia. If you have had Ring Ceremonies in the past, create a display of photos of families participating in the Ring Ceremonies. As snacks are served, play a video or digital slide show of the ceremony you just held. 


Leader: There was a time when many walked habitually in the pathway of the world. We lived according to the flesh, but God made us alive through Christ.

All: We commit to a life of purity.

Leader: God is rich in His mercy toward us, that while we were dead in our sins, through the grace of Jesus, we have been made alive forevermore.

All: Forgive us for the days and years we have spent watching, reading, listening, and experiencing vile and impure things.

Leader: We are each new creations today.

All: Create in each of us a clean heart, oh God.

Leader: Lord, cleanse Your church.

All: Restore Your glory.

Leader: Make the crooked passages of our lives straight today.

Students: Restore our joy.

All: We are Your children.

Adults: We will place no corrupt thing before our eyes.

Students: As students.

Parents: As parents.

All: As ministers and as a church family.

Leader: Hear, oh Lord, in this sacred hour, on this holy ground, our commitment to You and each other.

Leader: Lord be glorified as our students commit:

Leader: (Students repeat after the Leader) Believing that true love waits …I make a commitment to God, … myself, … my family, … my friends, … my future mate, …. and my future children … to a lifetime of purity … including sexual abstinence … from this day … until the day I enter … a biblical marriage relationship.

Leader: Lord be glorified as our adults commit:

Leader: (Adults and Parents repeat after the Leader) Believing that true love is pure, … I join these students … in committing to a lifestyle of purity. … I make a commitment to God, … myself, … my family, … and my community of faith … to abstain from pornography, … impure touching and conversations, … and sex outside a biblical marriage relationship … from this day forward.

(Parents or adult mentors, present the ring to your student.)

Leader: Students, may this ring be a reminder of your commitment to purity. It was given to you by someone who loves you and supports you in this commitment. Wear it with the knowledge that your purity is for God’s glory. On your wedding night you are to give this ring to your spouse as a celebration of promises given and promises kept. May it also be a symbol of your continued sexual purity and the provision found in the gift of your spouse.

There are several companies that make TLW rings. Check out the jewelers listed on our Cool Stuff page."

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"Highlights from Our Past

December 16, 1987

Christian Sex Education project begins; Jimmy Hester, coordinator.

September 9, 1992

Richard Ross presents True Love Waits theme in a brainstorming session for a potential Christian Sex Education campaign.

October 23, 1992

True Love Waits presented to LifeWay Christian Resources management for consideration as part of the Christian Sex Education plan.

January 13, 1993

True Love Waits Team conducts first meeting, Nashville, TN.

February, 1993

Youth group at Tulip Grove Baptist Church, Hermitage, TN, first to sign True Love Waits commitment cards.

April 1, 1993

Six resources in the Christian Sex Education Series released.

April 21, 1993

True Love Waits launched at Youth Ministry National Conference 4 Nashville, TN.

June 15-17, 1993

True Love Waits goal of 100,000 signed commitment cards by the next convention was presented by 300 area youth to messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention, Houston, TX.

June 16, 1993

Youth for Christ partners with True Love Waits Team in planning a national rally as part of DC 94 in July, 1994.

September 7, 1993

Contemporary Christian artists through Genevox Music Group and interlinc release first True Love Waits music project.

September 29, 1993

National and international media interest continues to rise as Richard Ross appears on The Today Show.

October 11, 1993

Toll free number 1-800-LUV-WAIT established.

October, 1993

First True Love Waits Newsletter released; Betsy Wedekind and Barbara Brake employed part-time as first True Love Waits staff.

June 14, 1994

True Love Waits SBC Display at the Southern Baptist Convention, Orlando, FL, with 102,000 cards displayed on the lawn in front of the Orlando Convention Center; 1,000 youth attend rally and presentation to convention messengers; messengers vote to make February of each year True Love Waits Month.

July 29, 1994

True Love Waits National Display at DC '94, Washington, D.C., with 210,000 cards displayed on the National Mall between the Capitol and the Washington Monument; 25,000 youth attend rally.

August, 1994

Baptist World Alliance partners with True Love Waits Team to provide an international display at the Baptist World Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in August, 1995.

October, 1994

Media interest continues to rise as over 400 national and international media to date have inquired about True Love Waits including Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Teen Magazine, Family Circle, Life magazine, The Phil Donohue Show, and many newspapers and radio stations.

February 6, 1995

True Love Waits Team begins planning for a second national display at Atlanta '96 youth ministers' meeting to be held at the Georgia Dome in February 1996; plans are to stack commitment cards "through the roof" of the Dome, thus the theme True Love Waits Thru the Roof.

February 16, 1995

International interest continues to rise as evidenced by a visit to the True Love Waits Team by Fano Sibisi and Kjell Olsen from South Africa to share appreciation and gain information to improve their True Love Waits efforts.

February, 1995

True Love Waits is presented to 15 million people as Richard Ross appears on NightLine to discuss sexual issues among teenagers in America.

July, 1995

As more and more teenagers sign commitment cards, National Student Ministries at the LifeWay Christian Resources introduces True Love Waits to college campus ministers.

August 1-6, 1995

True Love Waits International Display at the Baptist World Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina, with 220,000 cards displayed from 13 countries; 400 youth attend rally on August 4; Argentine Baptists used the event to launch their True Love Waits campaign.

August 15, 1995

True Love Waits Team begins planning True Love Waits Goes Campus, a focus on taking the sexual abstinence message to secondary schools and college campuses each year around Valentine's Day.

February 11, 1996

True Love Waits Thru the Roof Display at the Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA, with 340,000 cards stacked to the roof and beyond; 18,000 youth attend rally; broadcast nationally on Trinity Broadcasting Network; True Love Waits Goes Campus launched.

September, 1996

Media interest continues to swell as Richard Ross makes his second appearance on The Hour of Power; more than 600 media relationships have been established to date.

January, 1997

True Love Waits regional rallies are conducted in several locations across the country creating interest in True Love Waits Goes Campus.

February 14, 1997

True Love Waits Goes Campus is conducted on secondary school and college campuses; over 500,000 commitment cards are distributed; local media coverage extensive.

July 31, 1997

True Love Waits Team members attend the National Leadership Summit on Abstinence, Washington, DC, sponsored by Medical Institute for Sexual Health; over 300 leaders meet to join forces in the growing sexual abstinence movement.

September 17, 1997

True Love Waits Team begins planning for involvement at YouthLink 2000; YouthLink 2000 will unite 170,000 to 200,000 young people December 29, 1999 through January 1, 2000 in seven cities across America. True Love Waits Team develops plans for Crossing Bridges with Purity, the True Love Waits emphasis for 1999-2000. Plans call for community and state displays with commitment cards being forwarded to San Francisco, California, for a national display on October 2, 1999, at the Golden Gate Bridge. Cards will then be sent to New Zealand to be part of an international display December 29-31, 1999, near the International Date Line.

April 21-22, 1998

As a part of True Love Waits Goes Campus 1998, True Love Waits reports are presented to U.S. Senators and Representatives, the Surgeon General, and governors and other state leaders.

July 16, 1998

True Love Waits issues a Statement for the Congressional Record as part of Congressional hearings on sexual issues and trends sponsored by the Empowerment Subcommittee of the Small-Business Committee, US House of Representatives.

Fall, 1998

True Love Waits Web site up and running.

February 14, 1999

True Love Waits local campaigns launch the 1999-2000 emphasis on Crossing Bridges with Purity.

Spring, 1999

Local youth groups and organizations send commitment cards to a state contact for a Crossing Bridges with Purity display and rally at a focal point in the state.

October 2, 1999

True Love Waits Crossing Bridges with Purity National Display at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. Over 1,500 youth participated in a prayer walk and in carrying 100,000 cards across the bridge. A human display the length of the bridge was formed on Marina Green to celebrate the commitment to sexual purity before marriage.

December 31, 1999

Two hours before Millennium Island welcomed in the new millennium, a group in Australia had corporate prayer for Crossing Bridges with Purity True Love Waits cards that crossed the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA, in October. Prayer was also offered at a midnight service in a local church where 400 people gathered to pray for teenagers making the commitment to sexual abstinence.

June 13, 2000

True Love Waits returns to the site of the first True Love Waits display of cards. Four hundred and fifty yard signs were displayed at the Southern Baptist Convention in front of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

January, 2001

True Love Waits Web site redesign launched.

February 14, 2001

31,338 teens sign online pledge cards for Seize the Net on

February 15, 2001

Seize the Net certificates printed from Web site.

February 13, 2002

Seize the Net Goes Live! takes place in Fort Worth, Texas, and is broadcast via satellite all across the country. The live event features musical guests, testimonies, and challenges. More than 70 churches link up by satellite to host rallies for the viewing of Seize the Net Goes Live!

February 14, 2002

Valentine's Day concludes with 82,411 students signing TLW commitment cards on

February 15, 2002

Seize the Net certificates printed from the Web site.

February, 2003

True Love Waits Goes Home emphasis begins. The focus is on bringing parents and students together to study about purity and commit to living pure lives. The True Love Waits pledge is reworded and a pledge for parents is created.

June 26, 2004

True Love Waits celebrates its 10th anniversary with a rally in Centennial Park, Nashville, TN, in preparation for the Athens event during the Summer Olympic Games.

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2.3. Abstinence Clearinghouse (ACE)

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"The mission of the Abstinence Clearinghouse is to promote the appreciation for and practice of sexual abstinence (purity) until marriage through the distribution of age appropriate, factual and medically-referenced materials. We are a clearinghouse for abstinence information and an Association of abstinence advocates. We invite you to join us!

Visit or today.

The Abstinence Clearinghouse is a privately funded 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan international educational organization. The Clearinghouse was founded to provide a central location where character, relationship, and abstinence programs, curricula, speakers, and materials could be accessed. The Clearinghouse serves agencies on a national, state and local level, as well as international organizations. "

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"In 1993, Leslee Unruh began networking with other abstinence speakers around the country through the Alliance of Chastity Educators (ACE). Leslee had already been involved with abstinence education for almost 10 years. In 1984 she founded the Alpha Center, a Crisis Pregnancy Center, and later developed her motivational abstinence presentation "Take Charge of Your Life," which she presented across the country.

The ACE goal was to exchange and coordinate abstinence-related ideas, projects and resources. As speakers, ACE members were bombarded by requests for trusted abstinence resources. It was obvious to all of them that a central location was needed where abstinence-until-marriage materials could be easily evaluated, accessed and the numerous requests be handled. The ACE members all felt a united effort was needed. The needs for abstinence-until-marriage education were greater than they could meet alone.

One day, Leslee was asked by a wealthy businessman, "If you had the money to do anything you wanted to do, what would it be?" Leslee conveyed to him the great need and their dream for a national abstinence resource clearinghouse. Within a few days, this dream became a reality. This same businessman provided the seed money to make such an endeavor possible. The ACE members, knowing of Leslee's energy and ambition, asked her to take the ball and run with it on this project.

In the spring of 1997 Leslee spoke in a church in Louisiana. During her presentation she mentioned the vision for a national abstinence clearinghouse and was approached after the service by a group of men who asked how they could help. In the summer of 1997 this group of five men from Louisiana, a contractor and four volunteers, traveled at their own expense to Sioux Falls and spent a week framing and enclosing the national abstinence clearinghouse facility. After this tremendous start, more than 100 local and area volunteers came weekly to finish the project. The clearinghouse facility was built almost entirely by volunteers. Pictures and plaques on the walls detail the people involved in this exciting venture.

The Abstinence Clearinghouse officially became operational in 1997. It was formed to provide a central location where materials and training to effectively convey the abstinence-until-marriage message could be provided. The mission of the Abstinence Clearinghouse is to promote the appreciation for and practice of sexual abstinence (purity) through the distribution of age-appropriate, factual and medically-accurate materials.

In its first year of operation, the Abstinence Clearinghouse hosted its first national conference, "Abstinence Works!" in Minneapolis, Minn. This conference gathered more abstinence speakers and materials in one place than had ever been together before. The Clearinghouse continues to host workshops, trainings and regional and international conferences.

The resource department at the Clearinghouse is home to thousands of abstinence-until-marriage resource materials, including books, curricula, cassettes and videos. Many organizations and speakers have submitted their materials for listing and promotion in the Directory of Abstinence Resources. This directory provides a listing of agencies, organizations and individuals who provide abstinence-until-marriage services or materials.

The Clearinghouse also houses the only Sex, Love and Relationship Store in the country, where posters, books, jewelry, pencils and numerous other items are available for purchase. Visitors from all over the country have visited this unique facility.

The National Advisory Council of the Abstinence Clearinghouse is made up of more than 40 nationally-known abstinence educators and supporters. In addition, the Clearinghouse has a Medical Advisory Council made up of more than 60 health professionals who do not promote or prescribe contraception to unmarried teens.

The Abstinence Clearinghouse has been cited in such prominent publications as The New York Times, Focus on the Family publications, the Associated Press, MSNBC, USA Today, the Washington Post and many, many more. The Abstinence Clearinghouse has also received requests for information from other continents such as South America, Africa, Australia, Asia and Europe. This has led to the development of the International Advisory Council.

The Abstinence Clearinghouse personnel are responsible for financial administration, assisting affiliates, critiquing resources, customer service, conference planning, research and publications. The Clearinghouse utilizes numerous volunteers to assist with clerical duties, correspondence, database maintenance, bulk mailings and more.

A special thank you is extended to the many abstinence pioneers, grass root efforts of pregnancy care centers, abstinence educators, curriculum providers, volunteers and abstinence speakers who have been a part of building momentum over the years in the abstinence movement. While we tame the flame in relationships, we will continue to fan the flame in the area of abstinence-until-marriage education! "

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POSTED: JAN 20, 2005

January 19, 2005
Contact: April Kurtz
Phone: 605.335.3643

Have You Hugged Your Condom Today?

A new “scientific” study seeks to make real life a contraception education fairy tale

Similar to journalism, science is supposed to be based on facts, no opinion or agenda allowed. Unfortunately, in their quest to support groups like Planned Parenthood and other condom-promoting organizations, the Alan Guttmacher Institute has placed its personal bias into another so-called “scientific report.” A new “study” released this week in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health conducted by Dr. Hannah Bruckner and Dr. Peter Bearman falsely claims that adolescents must be taught to love condoms.

Bruckner and Bearman are long known for the hostility toward abstinence education and for their zeal to have free access to contraception for every adolescent. So this study comes as no real surprise to most. However, when opinions or extrapolations are held up as science, an accurate account must be made.

The study, based on data from ten years ago, draws the conclusion that adolescents must feel good about contraception if they are going to use it. Drawn from their already existing opinion that adolescents should rely on contraception to keep them healthy, many contraception education supporters have jumped to rally behind a feel good campaign about condoms.

Before billboards proclaim self-esteem messages about contraceptive use, such as “Give Your Condom a Hug Today”, or “Don’t You Feel Great? You Trusted Your Future To a Piece of Latex!”, it would be wise to ask the question, “Should we teach adolescents to rely on contraception to protect their futures in the first place?”

“Absolutely not,” says Leslee Unruh. “A failure rate of as much as 30 percent is not good enough for our kids. Not to mention that condoms don’t protect against many sexually transmitted diseases, which can cause cancer and lead to painful, long-term side-effects. Our kids deserve the best. Only abstinence until marriage provides 100 percent protection against premarital pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.”

Feeling good about contraception may make a great Dr. Phil show, but teaching kids to trust contraception is one sad fairy tale."

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2.4. Free Teens

Safe sex is tricky, used wrong, sex can be a lethal weapon. Get the facts, there are alternatives. Real freedom is yours, you do have choices!

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"Free Teens is a reality-based, abstinence-centered HIV/AIDS, STDs, and Pregnancy Prevention program used in 38 states and in more than 70 countries around the world. It has been translated into 12 languages. "

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"Mission statement:
  • To support the creation of a positive youth culture in the U.S. that honors self-reliance, respectful relations between the sexes, marriage and parenthood, and service to others.

  • Through educational activities and media outreach, Free Teens USA seeks to help young people to value their lives, their health and their future goals including productive work, marriage, parenthood and family.

  • Through educational activities and media outreach, Free Teens USA seeks to help young people to develop leadership skills that would allow them to avoid addictive or destructive behaviors that would damage the achieving of their future goals.

  • Through educational activities and media outreach, Free Teens USA seeks to help young people to develop the positive relationship skills that will enhance their future careers, marriages, and communities.

  • Through educational activities and media outreach, Free Teens USA seeks to empower parents and educators with the knowledge, awareness and tools to take a proactive role in the lives of the young people they care about.

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Abb.: Einbandtitel

Ein Buch des Gründers von Free Teens:

Panzer, Richard A.: Condom Nation : blind faith, bad science. -- Westwood, N.J. : Center for Educational Media, ©1997.  -- viii, 160 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.  -- Includes bibliographical references (p. [149]-160).

Abb.: Richard Panzer, Gründer von Freeteens und Autor von Condom Nation

Condom Nation: Blind Faith, Bad Science, released in early 1997 (160 pp), uncovers the absurd contradictions and misinformation contained in many "AIDS Prevention" programs being used in U.S. schools and asks: "is sex ed based on sound science, or on blind assumptions?"

Many college students aren't sure what abstinence is. More than a third think it refers to oral-genital contact. One in ten think it refers to anal intercourse. In Lakewood, California, a group of middle class teenage boys compete to see how many girls they can "score with." The "champion" claims 66 scores. One of the boys complains, "they teach us condoms this and condoms that, but they don't teach us any rules!"

In towns across the U.S.A., AIDS activists, some of whom are local students impatient with the town school board, hand out condoms to 12 and 13 year-olds in front of junior high schools. More than 400 high schools in the U.S. hand out condoms inside the school premises in the desperate hope of preventing the spread of AIDS. Few ask if there is any documented proof that this approach works.

Meanwhile, a leading AIDS activist who preached and practiced "safer sex" dies, in his 40s. A National Institute of Health study of condom effectiveness in preventing transmission of the AIDS virus is canceled because the administrators state "it would be immoral to put people at risk." 6,000 defective condoms are never recalled because "it would undermine people's confidence in condoms."

Parents or community groups who question the content of "AIDS prevention programs are vilified by government-funded advocates of "comprehensive" safer-sex education who compile black lists of programs that give greater emphasis to abstinence. A lawsuit initiated by a lawyer for Planned Parenthood intimidates a school board into dropping an abstinence-centered program even though it reduced the rate of teen pregnancies by 35% over a three year period. A federal judge decides that parents have no right to be informed about a mandatory school assembly in which the speaker conducts a "group sexual experience" in which she places a condom over the head of a student and asks him to "blow it up," shows students how to masturbate, and praises bisexual sex because "you get less rejection that way."

In the CONDOM NATION, guilt about "doing it" has been replaced by guilt about "not using it" (condoms). Words such as "monogamy" and "marriage" are seldom even men-tioned in health classes, banned by a wall of political correctness, false assumptions about the effectiveness of condoms, and indifference to the growing tragedy of out-of-wedlock births. Sex ed programs for kindergarten teach the 5 year-old set about sexual intercourse and homosexuality. Versions of abstinence taught by government-funded organizations include "mutual masturbation" and "undressing each other" even though no studies have proven that this new brand of "abstinent" foreplay reduces sexual intercourse.

Welcome! You have arrived in the CONDOM NATION, a world of latex, in which fact has been replaced by unquestioned assumptions. A world in which studies are said to support the exact opposite of what they actually conclude. A world in which much of the public is lulled into complacency by terms like "protected sex," assisted by a docile, cooperative mainstream media that often follows a "don't ask, don't tell" policy when it comes to government proclamations of "fact." A world in which parents and groups who question government-sponsored sex ed programs are dismissed as extremists, forever banished outside the great latex wall that surrounds government-approved arbiters of reality.

Topics discussed in Condom Nation:
  • Government AIDS "Prevention" Seminars
  • Tragic Denial in the US Response to AIDS
  • Uncle Sam as Dr. Ruth
  • New Definitions of Abstinence You Won't Believe
  • Teach Kids Sexual Pleasure? Exploring Sexuality in Elementary School
  • Parents as "the Opposition"? Government-sponsored Blacklists
  • The Failure of "Comprehensive" Condom Ed
  • Does "Comprehensive" Sex Ed Increase Teen Sex?
  • Condom Distribution: Wasted Time, Wasted Resources
  • How Safe is "Safer Sex"?
  • Unheard Cries for Meaning in the Condom Nation
  • Fear and Loathing of Monogamy/Marriage
  • The New Sexual Darwinism
  • The Success of Abstinence-Centered Sex Ed
  • The Positive Power of Parents

The author of Condomnation is Richard Panzer, a writer and developer of family life education programs used in 70 countries and throughout the United States. He is a graduate of Yale University and a popular speaker in high schools and colleges throughout the U.S. He is married and the father of 4 children."

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2.5. RSVPAmerica Restoring Social Virtue & Purity to America

Abb.: Titelblatt Cosmopolitan 1953

"It is impossible to estimate the damage that this book [Sexual Behavior in the Human Female] will do to the already deteriorating morals of Amerika."

Billy Graham <1918 - >, 1953

[Zitiert in: Morone, James A. <1951 - >: Hellfire nation : the politics of sin in American history. -- New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2003.  -- xii, 575 S. : Ill., maps ; 25 cm.  -- ISBN: 0300094841. -- S. 403. -- {Wenn Sie HIER klicken, können Sie dieses Buch bei bestellen}]

Von 1998 bis 2003 lief eine fundamentalistische Kampagne gegen den Alfred Kinsey (1894 - 1956), der mit seinen Kinsey Reports Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) und Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953) die Heuchelei der amerikanischen Sexualmoral offenlegte und damit eine Grundlage (neben der "Pille") für die sogenannte sexuelle Revolution in den 1960er Jahre legte. Dabei versuchte man nicht, Kinseys Daten durch bessere zu ersetzen, sondern vor allem, Kinsey als Kinderschänder zu diffamieren.

"RSVP [Restoring Social Virtue & Purity to] America is a campaign, not another organization. The campaign calls attention to the root cause of the rising levels of sexual disease and dysfunction today. The sex science of Indiana University zoologist Alfred Kinsey first published in 1948 (Sexual Behavior in the Human Male) and 1953 (Sexual Behavior in the Human Female) ignited the sexual revolution of the 1960s and was used to change state laws and public policies. In 1981, Dr. Judith Reisman reported in a paper delivered to the 5th World Congress on Sexuality that the Kinsey Reports contained the stunning record of human experiments conducted by pedophiles on thousands of children. In 1997, a Kinsey biographer admitted that "the father of the sexual revolution" was not the conventional academic and family man Indiana University had always presented Kinsey to be, but in fact was sexually compromised.

Abb.: Umschlagtitel

Kinsey was biased and had a mission to free America from sexual restraints. The Kinsey Reports purported to prove that 95% of American men were sex offenders; and that from birth humans are sexually desirous and had sexual capacities. Promising a panacea, an end to all sexual disease and dysfunction, Kinsey ushered in the age of "anything goes!" During the second half of the 20th century, a new field of study emerged in America, "sexology," based on the authority of the Kinsey Reports. The Kinseyan-based sexology field targeted American law, medicine and education for change. Since the 1950s when America adopted the Kinsey Reports as the scientifically based "truth" regarding human sexuality in courtrooms, classrooms and bedrooms, sexual disease and dysfunction levels have skyrocketed. For nearly thirty years, Dr. Judith Reisman has researched and lectured on the Kinsey Reports' inaccurate "free love" "safe sex" model because with bad data you get bad results. If the Kinsey-based changes to the American way of life over the last 50 years had delivered the panacea Kinsey promised, there would be no need to call for a restoration of the pre-Kinsey standard. In 1996, Eunice Ray founded the RSVPAmerica Campaign based on Dr. Reisman's discoveries. The campaign runs from 1998 through 2003, the 50th anniversary of the Reports. Its mission is to alert parents to the fraudulent Kinsey model of human sexuality and to training them to detect the inaccurate Kinsey philosophy in their own children's school sex education curricula. Why? Because a moderately strict supervising parent is the best sex educator of ones child."

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Abb.: Alfred Kinsey

"The Kinsey Reports are two controversial books on human sexual behaviour, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), by Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell Pomeroy and others. Kinsey was a zoologist at the Indiana University at Bloomington and the founder of the Institute for Sex Research.

Kinsey's research astounded the general public and was immediately controversial and sensational. His findings caused shock and outrage, both because they challenged conventional beliefs about sexuality and because they discussed subjects that had previously been taboo. The belief that heterosexuality and abstinence were both ethical and statistical norms had never before been seriously challenged.

Kinsey's methodology

Kinsey and his associates gathered their data primarily by means of interviews, which they encoded to maintain confidentiality. They also gathered materials such as the diaries of convicted pedophiles, all under guarantees of confidentiality. Later the data were computerised for processing. All of this material, including the original researchers' notes, remains available from the Kinsey Institute to qualified researchers who demonstrate a need to view such materials. The institute also allows researchers to submit SPSS programs to be run on the data, which remains a unique resource in both the size of the survey and the care with which it was documented.

Kinsey's statistics were more carefully compiled and interpreted than was common at the time, and his subjects' confidentiality more carefully protected. However, his subject lent itself to sensationalism. Based on his data and findings, others claimed that all but 10% of the population are homosexual, and that women enhance their prospects of satisfaction in marriage by masturbating previously. Neither claim was made by Kinsey, but both were (and continue to be) attributed to him.

Kinsey's methodology was criticised by some of the leading psychologists of the day, notably by Abraham Maslow. Fully 25% of Kinsey's survey group were, or had been, prison inmates, 5% were male prostitutes, and the majority were volunteers. It was claimed that he refused to consider volunteer bias as a confounding factor even when he was warned by prominent research psychologists that he provided incomplete demographic data, and that his statistical methods of analysis were inappropriate.

In a response to these criticisms, Paul Gebhard, Kinsey's successor as director of the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research, spent years "cleaning" the Kinsey data of its purported contaminants, removing, for example, all material derived from prison populations in the basic sample. In 1979, Gebhard (with Alan B. Johnson) published The Kinsey Data: Marginal Tabulations of the 1938-1963 Interviews Conducted by the Institute for Sex Research. Their conclusion, to Gebhard's surprise he claimed, was that none of Kinsey's original estimates were significantly affected by this bias.

Professor Martin Duberman writes:

Instead of Kinsey's 37 percent, Gebhard and Johnson came up with 36.4 percent; the 10 percent figure (with prison inmates excluded) came to 9.9 percent for white, college-educated males and 12.7 percent for those with less education. And as for the call for a "random sample," a team of independent statisticians studying Kinsey's procedures had concluded as far back as 1953 that the unique problems inherent in sex research precluded the possibility of obtaining a true random sample, and that Kinsey's interviewing technique had been "extraordinarily skillful." They characterized Kinsey's work overall as "a monumental endeavor."

Accusations of child abuse

In the Kinsey reports are data concerning pre-adolescent orgasms. Kinsey's critics allege that to obtain this data, Kinsey either sexually abused children or condoned the sexual abuse of children. Particularly controversial are tables 30 through 34 of the male volume. For example, table 34 is, "Examples of multiple orgasm in pre-adolescent males. Some instances of higher frequencies." A typical entry indicates that a certain 7 year-old had seven orgasms in a three hour time period. Kinsey's critics state that data such as these could have only been obtained by direct observation of or participation in child abuse. In particular they point to the information given in table 32, "Speed of pre-adolescent orgasm; Duration of stimulation before climax; Observations timed with second hand or stop watch," and say that the only way such precise data could have been collected was through cooperation with pedophiles.

The Kinsey institute states unequivocally on its website, "[Kinsey] did not carry out experiments on children; he did not hire, collaborate, or persuade people to carry out experiments on children." It goes on to say,

Kinsey clearly stated in his male volume the sources of information about children's sexual responses. The bulk of this information was obtained from adults recalling their own childhoods. Some was from parents who had observed their children, some from teachers who had observed children interacting or behaving sexually, and Kinsey stated that there were nine men who he had interviewed who had sexual experiences with children who had told him about how the children had responded and reacted. We believe that one of those men was the source of the data listed in the book.
Organized opposition

Some conservative groups including RSVPAmerica, headed by Dr Judith A. Reisman, and the Family Research Council have stated that they aim to discredit the Kinsey Reports. These groups often accuse Kinsey's work of promoting unhealthy sexual practices or mores.

RSVPAmerica advertises publications such as Kinsey: Crimes & Consequences and Kinsey, Sex and Fraud: The Indoctrination of a People, both by Reisman, and the video "The Children of Table 34", funded by the Family Research Council. The campaign website states that the video "presents the story of Dr. Reisman's discovery of Dr. Alfred Kinsey's systematic sexual abuse of 317 male children".

In its 1998 response to the core allegations made by Reisman, Kinsey Institute director John Bancroft stated that the data on children in tables 31-34 of Kinsey's Sexual Behavior of the Human Male came largely from the journal of one adult "omniphile", who had illegal sexual interaction with these children. The man's journal started in 1917, long before the Kinsey Reports. Bancroft further stated that Kinsey explicitly pointed out the illegality of the man's actions, but that he granted his source anonymity. In addition, Bancroft reiterated the Kinsey Institute's claim that Kinsey never had any sexual interaction with children, nor did he employ others to do so, and that he interviewed children in the presence of their parents.

Other attacks have centered on the sex life and motives of Kinsey himself (see Alfred C. Kinsey), or have claimed that the Kinsey Reports are themselves responsible for decay in society.

The reports in context

The Kinsey reports are associated with a change in public perception of sexuality. In the 1960s, following the introduction of the oral contraceptive, this change was to be expressed in the sexual revolution. Also in the 1960s, Masters and Johnson published their investigations into the physiology of sex, breaking taboos and misapprehensions similar to those Kinsey had broken more than a decade earlier in a closely related field.

To what extent the reports produced or promoted this change and to what extent they merely expressed it and reflected the conditions that were producing it is a matter of much debate and speculation.

Many of Kinsey's conclusions, while radical for the time, are now generally accepted. The reports continue to be widely cited and regarded as a significant piece of original research."

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"Allegations about Childhood data in the 1948 book, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male

Allegations against Alfred Kinsey and his research on children's sexual responses, as reported in Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, were first made in 1981 by Dr. Judith Reisman. She subsequently enlarged on these ideas in a book written jointly with Edward Eichel and published in 1990 (Kinsey, Sex, and Fraud). When The Kinsey Institute responded, Reisman filed suit in 1991 against The Kinsey Institute, then director June Reinisch, and Indiana University, alleging defamation of character and slander. In September 1993, Reisman's lawyer withdrew from the case, and in June 1994 the court dismissed Reisman's case with prejudice (which means that Reisman is prohibited from refiling the suit).

Below is a reiteration of these accusations, recently reported, and the Institute's response.

The act of encouraging pedophiles to rape innocent babies and toddlers in the names of "science" offends. The act of protecting them from prosecution offends. The act of falsifying research findings which, in turn, open the floodgates for the sexual abuse of children, offends. (from Dr. Laura's (Schlesinger) website)

This would be a cause of great concern if it were true. Kinsey was not a pedophile in any shape or form. He did not carry out experiments on children; he did not hire, collaborate, or persuade people to carry out experiments on children. He did not falsify research findings and there is absolutely no evidence that his research "opened flood gates for the sexual abuse of children." Kinsey did talk to thousands of people about their sex lives, and some of the behaviors that they disclosed, including abuse of children, were illegal. In fact, many sexual behaviors, even those between married adults, were illegal in the 1940's and 1950's. Without confidentiality, it would have been impossible to investigate the very private lives of Americans then, and even now.

Where did Kinsey's information about children's sexual responses come from?

Kinsey clearly stated in his male volume the sources of information about children's sexual responses. The bulk of this information was obtained from adults recalling their own childhoods. Some was from parents who had observed their children, some from teachers who had observed children interacting or behaving sexually, and Kinsey stated that there were nine men who he had interviewed who had sexual experiences with children who had told him about how the children had responded and reacted. We believe that one of those men was the source of the data listed in the book.

In a British documentary, a woman says she was sexually abused by her father and grandfather, and that her father justified it as doing research for Alfred Kinsey by filling out questionnaires.

We have no reason to doubt that this woman was sexually abused. However, Kinsey did not ask people to fill out questionnaires. It is conceivable that this woman's father or grandfather wrote to Kinsey, as many people have done. Following that documentary, we checked through Kinsey's correspondence and could not find any that would match this story. We do know that there have been people who have used Kinsey's name to justify what they do sexually, even recently.

Kinsey used a Nazi SS officer from Germany as one of his key contributors

In Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, Kinsey invited people to write to him about their sex lives. In 1955, a German wrote to him and told him about his sexual experiences with children. Kinsey, in his reply, was non-judgmental, as usual. He did however point out how strongly society condemned such behavior. Kinsey never made use of the information from this man. He also had no idea that this man had been a Nazi ten years earlier.... To suggest that Kinsey had something to do with Nazi torture of children is a bizarre fabrication.

Allegations and Controversy, 1995-1998

More Controversy about Childhood data

Soon after John Bancroft, M.D., assumed the directorship of The Kinsey Institute in 1995, he was called upon to respond to an allegation by the Family Research Council (FRC) about data on pre-adolescent orgasm that the late Dr. Alfred Kinsey had included 50 years ago in Chapter 5, "Early Sexual Growth and Activity," of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (W.B. Saunders, 1948).

In the fall of 1995, Rep. Steve Stockman, Galveston, Texas, took up the FRC allegation, circulating a letter on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, in which he asked for support for a bill he had introduced to investigate Dr. Kinsey's research. Stockman alleged that this data was derived from federally funded sexual molestation of children (the so-called "Children of Table 34"). Although Stockman's staff were invited to put any questions to The Kinsey Institute and Indiana University, they declined. Stockman held a press conference December 7, 1995, calling for a congressional hearing. No hearing was held and the bill died. Stockman was defeated in the 1996 election.

In 1997, Concerned Women for America referred to this allegation in a press release with a renewed call for a Congressional investigation. In January 1998, Indiana State Representative Woody Burton submitted a House Concurrent Resolution to the Indiana General Assembly regarding Kinsey. In August 1998, a British television station produced a program based heavily on these allegations. "

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