Incest Is Best
As a wise woman said "This is just 31 flavors of wrong!" Everyone else I show this article to (not to mention the formal tux/prom gown photo they had published to promote to event in Oklahoma Magazine) has the same immediate reaction. Coincidence? I think not.
By Jason Collington World Scene Writer
Fathers and daughters take purity pledge at special event
Those in the audience at the third annual Father-Daughter Purity Celebration didn't just come to sign a piece of paper. They listened to a woman who was raped at 16. They heard from a district attorney who raised his voice to get the attention of the men in the room.
For the past three years, about 65 couples have come to the celebration, a fund-raiser for Life Light, a group of volunteers who want to "glorify God by ministering to the needs of the Tulsa-area crisis pregnancy centers."
For two hours, the audience, who paid $40 a ticket, listened to the testimony of Dionne White, the first runner-up for Miss Oklahoma 2004, as well as Tim Harris, the district attorney for Tulsa County.
White, a senior at the University of Tulsa, gave her testimony of being sexually assaulted at 16 and ending up pregnant. She went to Crisis Pregnancy Outreach in Tulsa and now has a good relationship with her 7-year-old daughter, who was adopted by another family.
She told the girls that virginity is a gift that should only be given to their husbands.
"It's so unique, so special," she said. "You need to hold that gift so close to your heart."
While virginity pledges have become more popular, research shows that a majority of the teens don't live up to them. They develop sexually transmitted diseases at about the same rate as adolescents who never made such pledges.
Pledges do postpone premarital sex by 18 months, according to a national study released last year.
The Columbia University research showed that the adolescents who took virginity pledges married earlier and had fewer sexual partners than the other teenagers surveyed.
Eighty-eight percent of the 12,000 teenagers included in the study who pledged chastity reported having had sexual intercourse before they married.
Harris, whose 15-year-old daughter, Natalie, was in the audience, told the fathers he was there to speak to them.
"I come to you as a dad, but I also come from a profession where I see a lot of the bad things in life," he said.
Before going into his speech, Harris had the song "Daughters," by Grammy-winning singer John Mayer, played. He then repeated the chorus of the song: "Fathers be good to your daughters/Daughters will love like you do/Girls become lovers who turn into mothers/So mothers be good to your daughters too."
"We're in a time, guys, where we're at war," Harris said. "We are just not at war in Iraq or maybe in Iran and who knows what is going to happen in North Korea, we have another war going on and it's a cultural war that is trying to squeeze our daughters into their mold. A mold that will literally suck the life out of them."
Throughout his speech, Harris didn't hesitate raising his voice and staring the fathers in the eyes. After reviewing some state statistics, his voice filled the room.
For more information
For more information about the celebration of the Life Light organization, call 299-0007. Girls dealing with an unplanned pregnancy can call the Pregnancy Hopeline at 494-HOPE. It’s a confidential and informational hot line that connects girls with the six crisis pregnancy centers in the Tulsa area.