Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Justice prevails somewhere

British girl loses "virginity ring" court battle

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - A British teenager whose teachers had stopped her wearing a "purity ring" at school to symbolise her commitment to virginity lost a High Court fight against the ban on Monday.

Lydia Playfoot, 16, says her silver ring is an expression of her faith and had argued in court that it should be exempt from school regulations banning the wearing of jewellery.

"I am very disappointed by the decision this morning by the High Court not to allow me to wear my purity ring to school as an expression of my Christian faith not to have sex outside marriage," Playfoot said in a statement.

"I believe that the judge's decision will mean that slowly, over time, people such as school governors, employers, political organisations and others will be allowed to stop Christians from publicly expressing and practising their faith."

Quit yer bellyachin'. Why don't you shut up and do what the nice men tell you to do like a good Christian girl, Prissy?

The no-jewelry rule is there for a reason. There's no exception for people who really, really want to wear them, or who think God told them to wear them, or who believe that they have a moral right to wear them. 'Cause, see, that would mean everybody would be excepted. And then you'd have kids wearing blinged-out diamond crosses the size of Flavor Flav's alarm clock around their necks, all in the name of religion and purity.

It's kind of interesting, though, that it's always religious zealous who go around challenging the established order of law these days, and no longer secular idealist activists. Fundamentalists are the new hippies? "Don't trust anyone who's studied the law" is the new "Don't trust anyone over thirty?" Pray-in is the new sit-in? "Hell's where you're going to go" is the new 'Hell, no, we won't go?"

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