Monday, May 19, 2008

Scenes from the culture 

Yesterday in Egypt, President Bush called on the leaders of the Arab world to "treat their people with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

Meanwhile, Colorado Springs hosted the "ninth annual Father-Daughter Purity Ball."

Some highlights:

“The culture says you’re free to sleep with as many people as you want to,” said Khrystian [sic] Wilson, 20.... “What does that get you but complete chaos?”

“Something I need from dad is affirmation, being told I’m beautiful,” said Jordyn [sic] Wilson, 19.... “If we don’t get it from home, we will go out to the culture and get it from them.”

Recent studies have suggested that close relationships between fathers and daughters can reduce the risk of early sexual activity among girls and teenage pregnancy. But studies have also shown that most teenagers who say they will remain abstinent, like those at the ball, end up having sex before marriage, and they are far less likely to use condoms than their peers.

In a ballroom after dinner, bare but for a seven-foot wooden cross at one end, the fathers and daughters gathered along the walls. Kevin Moore, there with his three girls, told the men they were taking a stand for their families and their nation. Then he and Mr. Wilson walked to the cross with two large swords, which they held up before it to make an arch.

Stephen Clark, 64, came to the ball for the first time with Ashley Avery, 17, who is “promised” to his son, Zane, 16.

If most teenage girls would not be caught dead dancing with their dads, the girls at the ball twirled for hours with their game but stiff fathers. Every half-hour, Mr. Wilson stopped the dancing so that fathers could bless their daughters before everyone.

A somewhat unfortunate pose captured in this shot.

Meanwhile, you too can order a Purity Ball Planner from the Abstinence Clearinghouse. I hearby proclaim the First Annual AmCop Purity Ball, to be held at a location TBD this summer.


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