Teen Regrets over Sex
A new survey shows nearly two-thirds of American teenagers who have had sex wish they had waited. According to the poll done by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, 55 percent of boys and 72 percent of girls said they regretted their decision. Reuters News reports that 37 percent of those surveyed felt their parents played the most important role in their decisions about sexual activity. Only 11 percent cited their religious communities as exerting the greatest influence.
AFA, July, 7, 2000
Sidestepping the System
"Spontaneous" prayer at high school football games may serve as a legal alternative to the traditional opening prayer, recently banned by the Supreme Court.
The organization promoting such an alternative, "We Still Pray," was formed in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's June ruling reaffirming that prayer in public schools must be done privately by individual students. By a 6-3 vote, the court barred officials from letting students lead stadium crowds in prayer before football games.
Rev. Wendell Runion of Asheville, N.C., spokesman for the organization, said the law doesn't prohibit those attending games to pray on their own in unison. It just can't be organized in any way by school officials.
"We are encouraging everyone that attends football games to join in the Lord's Prayer immediately and spontaneously as soon as the National Anthem is complete," Runion said. "We are encouraging that nationwide and in every football game in the entire season.
"This is not in defiance of the Supreme Court ruling," he said. "If the fans break out in a spontaneous prayer, there is no Supreme Court ruling against that."
Asheville Citizen-Times, August 4, 2000
"I am appalled that a University that is a Baptist, Christian school could make the kinds of statements that are contained in this letter. What are these people so afraid of? ... Serious people make against Darwinism precisely the case that the Baylor biologists themselves are trying to make against intelligent design. ... This is the mindset of a Baptist, Christian college?" - Congressman Mark Souder responding to a letter from seven faculty members at Baylor University.
On May 10, 2000 Congressman Souder of Indiana, along with several other legislators, attended a meeting with members of the Discovery Institute. Included in the topics of discussion at the meeting were the scientific case for intelligent design of the universe, the influence of the Darwinian and materialistic worldview on public policy, and how intelligent design will affect education. Upon learning of the congressman's attendance at this meeting, seven faculty members at Baylor University-Cliff Hamrick, Robert Baldridge, Richard Duhrkopf, Lewis Barker, Wendy Sera, Darrell Vodopich, Sharon Conry, and Cathleen Early-penned a letter of concern addressed to Congressman Souder.
Speaking as scholars of a Baptist institution, the Baylor professors elevated Darwinism and challenged the validity of intelligent design's underlying premise. They asserted, "Materialistic science has greatly increased the American people's quality of life," and that "God, due to His supernatural and divine nature, cannot be proved or disproved, thus we cannot consider His role in the natural phenomena we observe."