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A young Christian at an purity rally spreads the word.
September 27th, 2011
08:39 AM ET

Why young Christians aren't waiting anymore

By John Blake,  CNN

(CNN) –True love doesn’t wait after all.

That’s the implication in the upcoming October issue of an evangelical magazine that claims that young, unmarried Christians are having premarital sex almost as much as their non-Christian peers.

The article in Relevant magazine, entitled “(Almost) Everyone’s Doing It,” cited several studies examining the sexual activity of single Christians. One of the biggest surprises was a December 2009 study, conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, which included information on sexual activity.

While the study’s primary report did not explore religion, some additional analysis focusing on sexual activity and religious identification yielded this result: 80 percent of unmarried evangelical young adults (18 to 29) said that they have had sex - slightly less than 88 percent of unmarried adults, according to the teen pregnancy prevention organization.

The article highlights what challenges abstinence movements face. Movements such as “True Love Waits,” encourage teens to wear purity rings, sign virginity pledges and pledge chastity during public ceremonies.

Yet many of these Christian youths eventually abandon their purity pledges, Relevant’s Tyler Charles concludes in the article. Tyler talked to people like “Maria,” an evangelical woman who said she wanted to wait until marriage to have sex.

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But she said she started having sex with her college boyfriend when she turned 20 because nearly everyone, even most of  her Christian friends, were having sex.

Maria:

It seemed everyone in my life, older and younger, had “done it.” In fact, I waited longer than most people I knew and longer than both of my sisters, even though we were all Christians and came from a good home.

Relevant theorizes about why it’s so hard for so many young Christians to wait, including the saturation of sex in popular culture, the prevalence of pornography and a popular “do what feels good philosophy.”

Yet the article also asks a question that rarely comes up in discussions about abstinence movement. Relevant notes that in biblical times, people married earlier. The average age for marriage has been increasing in the U.S for the last 40 years.

Today, it’s not unusual to meet a Christian who is single at 30 - or 40 or 50, for that matter. So what do you tell them? Keep waiting?

Scot McKnight, author of “The Jesus Creed,” and "One.Faith: Jesus Calls, We Follow," acknowledges that young, single Christians face temptations that their counterparts in the biblical age didn’t face.

He  tells Relevant:

Sociologically speaking, the one big difference – and it’s monstrous – between the biblical teaching and our culture is the arranged marriages of very young people. If you get married when you’re 13, you don’t have 15 years of temptation.

So what should a Christian parent or youth pastor do? How do they convince more young Christians to wait until marriage, or should they stop even trying?

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Culture & Science • Culture wars

soundoff (5,768 Responses)
  1. tom

    well, if you do what not only are you gonna last less than 5 minutes but it'll probably hurt =)

    September 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  2. zombie

    You gotta tast the milk before you buy the cow.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • GodPot

      Only two problems with that (besides the spelling error), Women hate being called Cow's, and the one's I've dated never liked tasting milk...

      September 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • James

      Well you'd test drive a car before you make a down payment, wouldn't you? Especially if the car cost half what you'd earn for the rest of your life.

      October 30, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  3. AmazingSteve

    Wait a minute... are the publishers of this study REALLY yearning for "the good old days" of 13-year-old arranged marriages?

    September 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • GodPot

      I'll bet some are yearning for 13 year olds...

      September 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  4. Bo

    @ David Johnson 11:15post, David, you make a lot sense in this post, but it still leves a big question, what would you recomend for an alternitve to in ter corse? I thought at one time that schools that promoted "simulated marriges" where two kis–a boy and a girl played the parts of a married copule with a 'realistic baby doll' did a lot to deter s*e*x, but I don't know what happened? (I heard one story where a girl's dad got so mad one night at the 'crying' doll he took it out and smashed it. It cost him a lot of money, because the dolls are very expensive)

    September 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • James

      Hah, we had to carry around a bag of rice dressed as a baby for a week. I'm just glad my parents didn't make me take care of the stupid thing at home. I already knew I didn't want a kid, at least not until I was older. If I'd had to deal with one of the electronic crying dolls I'd have stuck it out in the garage.

      October 30, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  5. robert

    While I am a christian, and I go to church, I have blown a little seed while looking at some girls. I have to agree that it is natural, and that's how God made us, just when is the right time. As mentioned earlier, Isrealites got married in teens, so does 2000 years make a difference?

    September 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Pastor

      Robert, haven't you ever read where Jesus said that "Whosoever looketh after a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her in his heart??? Be ye Holy for the Lord is HOly?"

      You need to get to the altar and ask God to cleanse your heart. What you're doing is throwing a stumblingblock before the world and turning souls AWAY from Christ instead of TO him by your comment. Get to Christ not just church.

      September 27, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  6. boycrazyx5

    Wow! I think most Christians just sleep through church on Sundays! Want to learn something...try listening to your pastor on Sunday mornings...or better yet, why not get your official word on things from the Official Word...the Bible!

    September 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • rick perrytwit ... slack jawed bible thumper

      Harry Potter is much more factual and entertaining than the bible.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • Know What

      There is more ethics and morality in "Star Trek" than in the Bible... not too much of the superst.itious stuff there, though, if that's your thing (unless it is to parody it and show how nonsensical superst.ition is).

      September 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • pat carr

      better yet dump the bronze age cult and buybull all together

      September 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  7. David

    If 3% of all Americans are atheist, how did all 3% end up in this comments section??? What a way this culture has gone. 60 years ago no one talked/wrote some of these deplorable things.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • Observer

      60 years ago these same situations existed. Now you know.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • Kirstyloo

      It has always been this way. In the Puritain times, approximately 25-30% of first children were very 'premature' as determined by calculating the time between the wedding and the birth. And most of these children were of reasonable size.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • VIolette

      That's because then it was called "blasphemy." In our enlightened age it is called "free speech." Why does it bother you what other people say about your God or Jesus? Shouldn't they be the keepers of their own consciences ? Just because something is sacred to you doesn't mean others cannot say what they feel about it. Or would you like it to be like the Sharia law, blaspheme and die for it?

      September 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      You don't know much of history. This kind of reason has been expressed since religious delusion has been around, you're just not very educated on it, that's all. The 5th-century BCE Greek philosopher Diagoras is known as the "first atheist", and is cited as such by Cicero in his De Natura Deorum. When you have the blinders of delusion on, it's hard to see anything but delusion.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • pat carr

      We're out here now and won't be silenced. Say goodbye to your bronze age cult's influence over our minds and loins!

      September 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • GodPot

      "What a way this culture has gone. 60 years ago no one talked/wrote some of these deplorable things."

      Your'e right, no one talked about deplorable things, they just did them. 60 years ago our country was racially segregated, whites could not marry blacks, blacks could not attend the same schools or eat at the same lunch counters with whites. Back then more people in America also claimed affiliation with a Christian church, I guess that did not help them to be more moral or better people then, why would it now? I will not be sad to see Christianity fade into history and I believe humans will rejoice at the ending of Christianity's violent thousand year reign. And those who step up to defend her can share in her cup that is overflowing with the blood of the innocent. Drink up!!

      September 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • GOD HERSELF

      The numbers are way bigger that 3% David. Thank God we are moving in the right direction. I would never force my children into a religous cult. They are all CULTS. The truth will enlighten.

      http://hotair.com/archives/2009/03/09/study-24-of-americans-now-either-atheist-agnostic-or-deist/

      September 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Patrick

      A lot of things have changed from 60 years ago David. It's progress. This country was not all that great 60 years ago, I don't need to explain the prejudices to you, you should know full well what existed.

      September 27, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
    • Answer

      @David

      There are always people like yourself David..

      I'll relate to you of my opinions on you and your kindred minds. Firstly your type longs for the past. Secondly – you always seek the best picture in the back of your imagination of the past. The past days of glory. The past days where the laws worked in your favor – they seemed to have never been moments where you were never repressed. For minorities they were repressive, but you'll backhand that away from your own recall or fantasy of the past. Third – you fear the changes – due to science! Fourth and lastly the most important – you blame science and the proliferation of knowledge.

      Civilizations will always be changing. You are stuck in the past. You want that imaginary 'fantasy' land of the past back in rule – in the here of today. It's not going to happen. You are living in your sad past.

      You think science is to blame solely because you have not, nor will ever, accept science as a tool for the good. You haven't even realized that science is to blame in only giving us knowledge. That's right – it is our right to know! Your religion seeks to hold onto you and tell you what is to be blamed for the ills of the world and who to blame. That's your religion at work! Science hasn't done a thing but keep on giving us knowledge. That's is your error and why you are so biased.

      I suggest you really build a time machine (without science!) and then travel back there to live it out for yourself. Go away to the past and really indulge in your illusion.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • James

      It's possible only 3% declare themselves atheist, but far more are agnostic, or non-practicing members of various denominations. I've only ever known a handful of people who went to church for anything other than holidays.

      October 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  8. Ashley

    Also- I dont care who doesnt agree. We'll see when you face God and have to give an account.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Anton LaVey

      And others don't care what you think. You choose to follow certain men, that is your choice.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  9. Ashley

    Dont give up doing it GODS way. I dont care what people say. Come on Christians- stop ignoring God and do what he says. How are you going to be a witness if you dont live like it. This is disheartening.I cant stand when people name the name of Christ and then dont live it. MORE important- GOD cant stand it. Plain and simple.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • Fred Evil

      Don't 'witness.' use your brain, god is a sham, and you are being played like a fiddle.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • fred

      Fred
      We are all being played like a fiddle. Christians just happen to know how the song ends

      September 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • Kirstyloo

      Ashley...I'm guessing that you're perfect with your walk. Do you do with your money what God wants? Do you argue with taxes or charity? Do you watch your tongue and speak only in love? Do you control you anger inwardly and outwardly?

      I can't say that I am or that I have ever been a perfect Christian. I know that I have my list of shame/sin...just as other Christians do.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      You mean, they have a delusion about how the world ends. In my future, the world doesn't end, religion does.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • pat carr

      Your "disheartening" is our pleasure. We won't be slaved to the evil cult of xianity any more

      September 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Answer

      Ashley needs more s-e-x. Or that she isn't getting any.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  10. WhatWhatWhat?

    BTW, are you too stupid to look it up all by yourself? How long were you going to walk around wondering before you typed it into Google? Then you come here to pose the question...what a numbskull.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  11. WhatWhatWhat?

    It's all very simple. Christians should just get married at birth, that way they never have to live with temptation. Of course, that also means kids could start having se x much earlier, and, because they had no say in it, the divorce rate would approach 100%. Ok, ok...I've got a better idea. Let's see, castrate all male children born and freeze their sperm until they're mature enough to be responsible for it. This way, there will be no temptations. Men will not be such pathetic horn dogs, se xual predation would go away, and the divorce rate would approach 0%. There, I think that does it.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • tom

      some predators are women. what to do now?

      September 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  12. bristoltwit palin... America's favorite dancing cow

    My next illegitimate baby is going to be half black !! I can hardly wait !!

    September 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  13. SciFiChickie

    I grew up in the mormon church so as you can guess I waited for my wedding night.

    What a frelling mistake that was, not only did the s3x sux, but I got cheated on...

    Don't save yourself for the ONE, Practice for the ONE so you don't lose them...

    September 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • Anton LaVey

      From my experience in visiting SLC on a regular basis (BYU) ... mormon women tend to be the ummm..how do you say horniest and non faithful. Marrying a mormon women is like getting married in the military....expect a Jodi letter.
      .
      Perhaps their husbands in the magic underoos ahve a hard time meeting their needs which is multi dimentional.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • bdub

      "Practice so you don't lose them"? They cheat because they're losers – not because of anything you do or not do...

      September 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • John

      Aeryn, is that you?

      September 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • Thomas

      Kelly? Is that you Kelly? We can still work it out, baby.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • Vern

      How many times have I told you not to air our dirty laundry on the internet Susan? A hundred?

      September 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • SciFiChickie

      "mormon women tend to be the ummm..how do you say horniest and non faithful."

      I was faithful...
      but I don't consider my self Mormon any more
      I'm agnostic now

      September 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • Anton LaVey

      SciFiChickie

      I'm agnostic now

      ------–
      Amen! :)

      September 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  14. boopstir

    absentance is a "law" designed to protect the things that Can Not be seen, like the heart and soul! It is a law given by The Creator to PROTECT. Disobey at your own peril....hiv, abortion, divorce, single parent homes, absent dads, jail, std...just saying. God gave the law out of love, period.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • Anton LaVey

      boopstir

      absentance is a "law" designed to protect the things that Can Not be seen, like the heart and soul! It is a law given by The Creator to PROTECT. Disobey at your own peril....hiv, abortion, divorce, single parent homes, absent dads, jail, std...just saying. God gave the law out of love, period.

      ---------
      Actually you are wrong. It was a law written by men PERIOD

      September 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Concerned

      Strongly Agree!!! Amen!

      September 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Concerned

      Anton LaVey
      Actually YOU are wrong. It was a law given by God written by men.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Anton LaVey

      Concerned

      Anton LaVey
      Actually YOU are wrong. It was a law given by God written by men.

      -----------–
      Actually the fact is men wrote it. You wish to go beyond that then you are assuming or in the opinion of..but not fact. Lets stick to the facts shall we.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • HA215

      Abstinence is a Policy – a Program designed to keep kids from having kids when the only condoms were made from sheep innards.
      You really think you can tie pre-marital s&x with Jail?? You live in the stone age, which is where this concept came from and only survives because people are left with such spiritual needs that go unfulfilled in this age.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      Religion =- Delusion

      September 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Magic

      boopstir: "Disobey at your own peril....hiv, abortion, divorce, single parent homes,..."

      Sounds like natural consequences to me. No god necessary.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • GodPot

      So did Lot break any laws? He was a single parent after God killed his wife, then got drunk and let his daughters r a p e him. Seem's like the place you are pulling your "laws" from might not be as pure and holy as you would like to think.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • fred

      Magic
      God can and does use natural events. One who knows God can see His hand in all things and one who does not know God sees whatever they want as the force behind all things.
      Our current free and unlimited $exual thirst was promoted by the media and our liberal politicans (under guise of safe $ex agenda). It is safe and natural with free abo-rtions as needed without parental consent. It is fun and expresive releasing the joy inside.
      Yeah, let's not bash God on this one I think he got it right. Can we say the principle of abstenence in Bible makes sense. Oh, wait there are a lot of principles from the Bible that make sense.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • Magic

      fred,

      Yes, there is some wisdom in the Bible (and most other 'scriptures') regarding beneficial human behavior. What there is *not* is any verified evidence for supernatural beings or events.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • fred

      Magic
      Evidence of the supernatural in the Bible...................it is in there, in the exteral creation and in our being. Science cannot prove it because these things do not lend themselves to such proof. So who can see it or prove it. As for me I would never have believed that stuff. What happened to Paul in acts happened to me in a flash. Like a switch went off and suddenly I could see and understand things I was taught was pure myth for sick weak people. It happened just as the Bible said it would with the absense of a bright white flash of light that Pauls saw. At Pentecost in Acts we see 3,000 suddenly believed after the Holy Spirit came upon them. They came to a sudden realization when Peter convicted them of their part in nailing Jesus to the Cross. It had just happened 50 days earlier they were part of the mob and or religeous Jews that spit on Jesus mocking HIm. That was the beginnings of the spread of the Gospel of Jesus. So, I say the evidence is that it personally happened to me just as it did then and just as the Bible said conversion would happen. It continues to happen the same way in millions of people today. Not only that but specific applications taken from the Bible continue to transform the smallest part of our lives and character (true such transformations also happen without specific aparent biblical implications).
      In the external creation we can look around in awe at the universe. Once touched by the Holy Spirit I suddenly could see Gods hand in the creation and every part of it. All the same stuff as before continued to play out. Difference was I saw it all very different and I was not in control of any of it. The complexities became glaring examples of fine tuning.
      As to my being I was more than just a life living every moment for myself. Suddenly, love entered the scene something I did not know, understand or have appreciation for. Actually had to learn and practice those attributes until they sank in deep. I am different and continue to morph into Christlikeness (many of my personal glaring failures continue to be brought to light).
      Something is happening for sure and continues to happen. That is why I believe it true.

      September 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  15. Bo

    ==========2ANYONE===================== I have figured out most of the aberviations, but "BTW" is still a mystery, I see it often and I don't know what it means; will someone kindly enlighten me? Thank you! ===================================

    September 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • FYI

      BTW = by the way.

      hagd :)

      September 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • MCBAIN

      BTW = By The Way

      September 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • Chris

      BTW(By The Way)

      September 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • Noob

      By The Way

      September 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      Big Ti tt ed Women

      September 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • Truefax

      We've all been trolled, but i had to lol @ Big Ti tt ed Women

      September 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Duh

      Learn JFGI before you post.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      BTW, are you too stupid to look it up by yourself? How long were you going to walk around wondering before you typed it into Google? Then you come here to pose the question...what a numbskull.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  16. Joe Engelton

    Who Cares, have fun being dull....

    September 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  17. Doc Vestibule

    I've been living with the same person for nigh on a decade.
    We've been successfully raising our child without entering into a formal marriage contract.
    We are dedicated to the welfare of our child and put family above all other concerns.
    I guess that makes me a hell bound sinner....

    September 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • ram

      what exactly do you want? a no for an answer? save yourself while you still have a conscience.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • Sean

      Well put Doc. But there is no reasoning with the primitive and fearful.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @ram
      Save myself from whom?
      My conscience has told me that I don't need to participate in any kind of ritual to be a good partner and father.
      The love my family has wouldn't change one iota if some shaman performed a ceremony.
      Do you seriously believe that your omnibenevolent God would smite a healthy, loving, compassionate family?

      September 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
    • Anton LaVey

      Doc Vestibule

      @ram
      Save myself from whom?
      My conscience has told me that I don't need to participate in any kind of ritual to be a good partner and father.
      The love my family has wouldn't change one iota if some shaman performed a ceremony.
      Do you seriously believe that your omnibenevolent God would smite a healthy, loving, compassionate family?

      ---------–
      You realize you are trying to communicate with a primitive thinking mind? We can just pat them on the head and say, "that is nice"

      September 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  18. Squeeky

    Jesus also says "No glove, no love!"

    September 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Truefax

      ffs stop breeding please the world can't take it anymore.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Thomas

      Don't be silly

      Wear a skin on your willie

      September 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Van Wilder

      Don't be a fool, cover your tool!

      September 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • GodPot

      Don't pay no support checks to me,
      Go get yourself a vasectomy...

      September 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  19. Elias

    It is amazing what CNN will publish in the name of "objective" and "well-founded" reporting. And it's O.K. if you don't post my comment, at least some one in your company will have to have read it to CENSOR it. How can you post something so unfounded as the last quote on this article. I wonder if Mr. McKight has even read the scriptures, and to quote a prophet from them, "..if [he] has, [he] has not understood them." How can he, and then CNN, publish such an outlandish statement that the "THE ONE BIG DIFFERENCE" between our society and the teachings of the Bible is childhood marriage arrangments. How about being honest and truthful Wall Street? How about caring for the needy, widows, and orphans REPUBLICANS & TEA PARTY FOLLOWERS? How about thou shalt not commit adultery all of you 70%+ of the GENERAL PUPULATION (That's right it's not just the politicians or the CEOs!)? How about being faithful and honoring marriage you 40%+ of divorcees? (JUST NOTE, I AM NOT JUDGING, I AM NEARLY POINTING OUT SOME OF THE "OTHER" MAJOR DIFFERENCES BETWEEN OUR SOCIETY AND THE TEACHINGS OF THE BIBLE...WE'RE ALL FREE TO CHOSE TO LIVE OUR LIVES AS WE PLEASE). I am sure the list can go on on and on. Sadly our society is far, very far, from the Christian principles that the Bible teaches. It is far more than simple childhood arrangements. What about all the other principles that have made our nation strong. We are predominantly a Christian society if not necessarily affilitated with a particular religion, than certainly in generally accepted values which many of us, even if we don't live or cannot live up to them, espouse them as admirable and aspire to them. Mr. McKight go read the Bible again and this time pray for some inpiration so you do understand it next time. And CNN at least check your facts before you go publishing them, if not in the name of "not speaking (writing) guile" at least in the name of your so called "journalistic integrity"!

    September 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Observer

      Speaking of the Bible, it does say that if a man wants to marry a virgin, all he has to do is to r-pe her and then she will have to marry him.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • True

      @Elias, Your post was refreshingly truthful and this is just is a reminder to the people of Faith about the times we live in.To be wary of what is going on around us, to seek wisdom from above, to discern and follow what is scripturally correct.

      Wake up people of Faith.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • HA215

      Yeah I'm all for going back to those rules. Just hope I don't have to gather sticks on a Sunday for firewood...

      September 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • TexTech

      @elias – I confess it has been many years since my five straight years of completely reading the Bible each year but I seem to find another difference as well. The prophets and even Jesus hit on two main themes. One was injustice in the form of neglect of the poor. The other was idolatry and falling away from God. Very little, if any, of their preaching involved s exual immorality unless it was incorporated into a general charge of excessive lewdness.

      The "Christians" of today seem to only be concerned about s exual sins. Greed, love of money (the new idol), injustices of all sort seem to escape the notice of these people who call themselves Christian. But let someone get caught in some moral s exual failure and they will be all over it. When did being s exually "pure" become more important than the love and care of all others that Jesus taught?

      September 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • Sean

      “What about all the other principles that have made our nation strong”

      Those principles come from Greece and have nothing to do with your religion.
      If you are so adamant about following the teachings of your Bible.. then why are you cherry picking what you follow? I.E. Observers comment and many other examples.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  20. jimbo

    s3x s3x s3x s3x!!!!! The article mentions the word 100 times but we can't type it....glad I wasted my time writing a paragraph CNN that wasn't posed, sshheesh.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      It is pretty silly, isn't it? I use the back button to copy it, if I didn't copy it to begin with, which is usually what I do now. I had the same problem and only added a space between se & x.

      September 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • hmmm

      Boo
      bs

      September 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
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