Now, course on virginity in UK
Recently a survey stated that children as young as 12, under pressure to indulge in sex, are turning to alcohol, reports Vijay Dutt.india Updated: May 23, 2006 11:47 IST
To inculcate the value of virginity and celibacy until marriage -- among the youth -- a six-week course has been devised by an Evangelical group to give Christian students the moral strength to fight sexual pressure.
Recently a survey stated that children as young as 12, under pressure to indulge in sex, are turning to alcohol to help them get through losing virginity.
The course called Pure will be launched nationwide in the autumn after being piloted in 15 campuses. It will be run by the Evangelical University and College Christian Fellowship and will offer 65-minute sessions led by students in the hope of spreading the gospel of sexual abstinence before marriage.
The fellowship expects thousands of students to flock to the course, where they will be taught to ward off “evil thoughts” in the current culture of promiscuity.
The course, believed to be the first of its kind, is somewhat like the Silver Ring Thing, an American scheme, in which teenagers are persuaded to wear a silver ring to show that they intend to remain celibate until they marry.
The director of the fellowship, Rev Richard Cunningham said that Pure was conceived when a Christian Union leader approached them saying was dismayed at the number of people going out with non-Christians.