June 21, 2004

Total Depravity

Okay, I found another story I just couldn't pass up.

Fifty member of the Silver Ring Thing have arrived in Britain with the message of chastity for teenagers. The unfortunate thing is that there message is aimed at virgins. They can't find any.

They have started in the town of Claygate, Surrey. As reported in The Times:

The only problem is that there seem to be no teenage virgins in Claygate. After a day spent scouring the village for candidates, The Times could not find anyone between the ages of 14 and 19 who even knew of such a person. One 15-year-old boy called Owen unwittingly summed up the situation when he asked: “What’s celibate?”

Claygate was chosen as a microcosm of Middle England. If they can't find a virgin there, there is little hope of success in the remainder of their tour, including Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast. Okay, they might find a virgin in some of the Protestant strongholds of Belfast. But that's about it.

The Times interviewed "Tom" a 17-year-old whose typical view was, “It’s for churchy types. I don’t know anyone who is going, to be honest. They make too much of a deal about sex. It should be seen as more of a recreational thing.”

I think the Americans are going to be shocked at just how depraved this country is.

Posted by david at June 21, 2004 04:04 PM

I've just come back from Colorado and California where, to borrow a line from 'Frasier', most teenage girls should accessorize their outfits with a public defender and a lamp post.

Posted by: Havdala at June 23, 2004 09:01 PM

Hmmm, doesn't sound quite as bad (yet!) as England of the 1720s, prior to Wesley, but it's getting close. Perhaps we should pray for another Wesleyan revival, only Orthodox this time?!

Posted by: Jonathan David at June 24, 2004 03:58 PM