By Kathleen Gilbert
February 10, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Thousands of youth are gearing up to celebrate the true meaning of love by participating in the seventh annual Day of Purity the Friday before Valentine's Day.
More than 300 schools in 44 states, as well as hundreds of churches and other organizations across America have signed up to participate in the Day of Purity, which is sponsored by the Liberty Counsel.
"The Day of Purity is a day when youth can make a public demonstration of their commitment to remain sexually pure, in mind and actions," explains the initiative'swebsite.
"Today's culture encourages youth to become sexually active at a young age and to experiment with sexual preferences," it continues, saying the Day of Purity celebration "offers those who strive for sexual purity an opportunity to stand together in opposition to a culture of moral decline."
The World Congress of Families is enthusiastically endorsing the celebration.
“With the culture – including the news and entertainment media, public education, and government – constantly pushing teen sexual experimentation, it’s refreshing to have a day specifically dedicated to promoting premarital abstinence," said WCF Managing Director Larry Jacobs in a release Tuesday.
Jacobs called the initiative's message "truly countercultural."
“The culture tells teens it doesn’t matter what they do, as long as they use a condom," he said. "The dubious wisdom of this approach may be seen is skyrocketing rates of venereal disease, teen abortions and out-of-wedlock births; not to mention the high rates of teen depression and mental illness.”
For more information, visit the Day of Purity website.