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Sikh bracelets, but no Christian rings at school bans pupils from wearing 'purity rings'
Telegraph ^ | 06/18/06 | Elizabeth Day

Posted on 06/17/2006 6:25:09 PM PDT by bruinbirdman

Sikh bracelets, but no Christian rings at school bans pupils from wearing 'purity rings'

A group of teenage Christians have been banned by a secondary school from wearing "purity rings" as a symbol of their religious belief in chastity until marriage.

At least one of the dozen pupils, who all attend the same girls' comprehensive in Horsham, West Sussex, is considering legal action against the Millais School for "a breach of human rights".

Although the school allows Muslim and Sikh pupils to wear headscarves or kara bracelets as a means of religious expression, the purity ring - a small band of silver engraved with a Biblical verse and worn as a declaration of abstinence from sexual relations - is not allowed because it is considered to be jewellery.

Lydia Playfoot, 15, who started wearing her purity ring to the school in June 2004, described its policy as "really unfair".

"My friends and I have had detentions and been taught in isolation for wearing the ring," she said. "I feel like I've been treated the same as someone who is caught bringing cannabis into school."

The increasing popularity of The Silver Ring Thing, an American Christian movement that launched in Britain in 2004 and promotes abstinence before marriage, has encouraged a growing number of adolescents to make a "pledge of chastity".

The movement's followers wear a silver ring to demonstrate their commitment. More than 20,000 teenagers have signed up at roadshows in America and Britain.

Staff at the Millais School insist, however, that the uniform dress code stipulates that no jewellery is to be worn, other than a small pair of ear studs.

Lydia said that her ring was more than a "trivial" accessory. "My ring is a symbol of my religious faith," she said. . . .

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 06/17/2006 6:25:10 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
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"My friends and I have had detentions and been taught in isolation for wearing the ring," I'd wear it just to get away from the other students.
2 posted on 06/17/2006 6:28:39 PM PDT by CzarNicky (In the magical land of unicorns there's no need for clothes.)
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To: bruinbirdman
Although the school allows Muslim and Sikh pupils to wear headscarves or kara bracelets as a means of religious expression, the purity ring - a small band of silver engraved with a Biblical verse and worn as a declaration of abstinence from sexual relations - is not allowed because it is considered to be jewellery.

And bracelets aren't considered jewelry?

3 posted on 06/17/2006 6:28:47 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: bruinbirdman

I think the administration is just trying to make chastity cool.


4 posted on 06/17/2006 6:30:31 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: bruinbirdman
The increasing popularity of The Silver Ring Thing........ promotes abstinence before marriage

Can't have that.

5 posted on 06/17/2006 6:31:31 PM PDT by Skooz (Chastity prays for me, piety sings...Modesty hides my thighs in her wings...)
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To: bruinbirdman

This is completely idiotic.


6 posted on 06/17/2006 6:31:46 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (If you're proud to hold the American Flag, then the Flag is proud to be held by you.)
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To: bruinbirdman

Calling the ACLU!


7 posted on 06/17/2006 6:32:37 PM PDT by Tabi Katz
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To: bruinbirdman
Christians better get their own lobby going. . .the Muslims are winning, big time.

This is so sad; 'too late smart' has already been a painful lesson; and yet. . .what ignorance abounds where Liberals tread. . .

8 posted on 06/17/2006 6:34:00 PM PDT by cricket
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To: bruinbirdman
I for one am so tired of people thrusting their sex lives - in whatever proclivity, fetish, or lack thereof it is - into the public's face.

It's like your tax forms and what you do in the bathroom - it's PRIVATE and to make it public is tacky.

That said, it surprises me not at all that all other forms of sexual expression is allowed and anything Christian is not. Typical diversity freaks who love diversity until THEY have to tolerate something they don't like.

9 posted on 06/17/2006 6:38:13 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: bruinbirdman

This will never work, what are they supposed to do with all the condoms in the school clinic if everyone starts wearing purity rings???/sarc


10 posted on 06/17/2006 6:40:23 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: bruinbirdman
the uniform dress code stipulates that no jewellery is to be worn, other than a small pair of ear studs.

As long as that is equally enforced, I do not see discrimination against these girls. Headscarves are not jewelry.

However, BRACELETS are jewelry, so it is NOT being equally enforced.

11 posted on 06/17/2006 6:41:46 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It. Supporting our Troops Means Praying for them to Win!)
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To: bruinbirdman
Many Christians believe that real Christians wear no adornment of any kind at any time.

Still, I don't recall any particular sect that has ever encouraged "purity rings".

12 posted on 06/17/2006 6:42:54 PM PDT by muawiyah (-)
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To: Tribune7
"I think the administration is just trying to make chastity cool."

LOL... I wouldn't be surprised if you're right!

13 posted on 06/17/2006 6:46:44 PM PDT by Toadman
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To: muawiyah

Not *many*, *some* perhaps even very few. Ceratinly none I've ever met.


14 posted on 06/17/2006 6:53:03 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: bruinbirdman
School bans "purity rings"!

Typical response by and from a puling administration!

Betcha they won't be proud of that cowardly decision in the future!

15 posted on 06/17/2006 6:55:36 PM PDT by VOYAGER (,)
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To: bruinbirdman
ald story http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1293574/posts
16 posted on 06/17/2006 6:57:12 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Yes, I am pedantic. Why do you ask?)
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To: Mr. Mojo
And bracelets aren't considered jewelry?

Will you agree to ban wearing crucifixes at schools?

17 posted on 06/17/2006 7:00:37 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Yes, I am pedantic. Why do you ask?)
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To: Oztrich Boy

Personally, I don't give a crap what any school decides to ban. I was merely exposing their ridiculous argument that the rings aren't allowed because they're considered jewerly, when kara bracelets (which are obviously jewelry as well) are allowed.


18 posted on 06/17/2006 7:05:27 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: cricket
Christians better get their own lobby going. . .the Muslims are winning, big time.

How about another Crusades era? :)

Works for me.

19 posted on 06/17/2006 7:08:00 PM PDT by Windsong (Jesus Saves, but Buddha makes incremental backups)
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To: bruinbirdman
"At least one of the dozen pupils, who all attend the same girls' comprehensive in Horsham, West Sussex, is considering legal action against the Millais School for "a breach of human rights". "

Go for it!

Put them out of business.

Kids can mutilate their faces and bodies with NO QUESTIONS ASKED but something like THIS is banned?
20 posted on 06/17/2006 7:17:12 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) !)
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To: bruinbirdman
Well...if they allow the ring, then the next thing you know, these kids will be wearing Crosses and preaching hate in the hallways...

/s
21 posted on 06/17/2006 7:18:33 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: muawiyah

you suggested that many Christians do not condone the wearing of any adornments whatsoever...being that Catholocism is the ONLY true Christian denomination on earth, I would suggest that you, and all other so called "reformists", find out for yourselves what TRUE Christianity teaches before you spread even more ignorance throughout the world.


22 posted on 06/17/2006 7:27:22 PM PDT by terycarl (G)
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To: bruinbirdman

"Sikh bracelets, but no Christian rings at school bans pupils from wearing 'purity rings'"

'Whore rings' on the other hand are not banned /s


23 posted on 06/17/2006 7:29:35 PM PDT by MadLibDisease (Sure the left loves the military, whenever they can be used as a political football)
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To: Windsong
[How about another Crusades era? :) Works for me.]

Works for me. . .in theory; but think even PC could dampen the Will of a majority needed here. We do need to learn from this enemy. . .PC is something they refuse to buy into. . .and their 'Will' is a brazen given. . .

24 posted on 06/17/2006 7:38:12 PM PDT by cricket
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To: Windsong
How about another Crusades era? :)

You been sleeping?

We are knee deep in a Crusade - but only the Muzzies seem to know it (since they have declared it). That's because we have been lulled in the slow-boil pot of PC

25 posted on 06/17/2006 7:45:23 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Lincoln: "...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.")
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To: bruinbirdman

IT-IS-Time-For-Vouchers!

And I am very tired of voting for republicans who don't do anything to make it happen.

As to this particular episode of discrimination...Why even mention it? These things happen every single day, and the time of having a national consensus on what public education ought to be? That day is long over.


26 posted on 06/17/2006 7:46:42 PM PDT by 9999lakes
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To: terycarl
you suggested that many Christians do not condone the wearing of any adornments whatsoever...being that Catholocism is the ONLY true Christian denomination on earth, I would suggest that you, and all other so called "reformists", find out for yourselves what TRUE Christianity teaches before you spread even more ignorance throughout the world.

My my.

Who died and left you God?

BTW, for one so steeped in "Catholocism" - perhaps you should spell it correctly? It's "Catholicism."

27 posted on 06/17/2006 7:51:11 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Lincoln: "...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.")
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To: terycarl

See. you don't even know that God hates people who mistype


28 posted on 06/17/2006 7:59:44 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Yes, I am pedantic. Why do you ask?)
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To: bruinbirdman

Is it just me or did some folks not really read the article? This is happening in Great Britain, not the US.


29 posted on 06/17/2006 8:38:43 PM PDT by swmobuffalo (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist.)
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To: Lizavetta
Typical diversity freaks who love diversity until THEY have to tolerate something they don't like.

Well said.

30 posted on 06/17/2006 8:42:18 PM PDT by pray4liberty (School District horrors: http://totallyunjust.tripod.com)
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To: bruinbirdman

Sounds like this should be taken straight to court.


31 posted on 06/17/2006 8:42:33 PM PDT by Paperdoll (.........on the cutting edge)
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To: swmobuffalo

>This is happening in Great Britain, not the United States<


OH, this has happened uncountable times in the U.S.A..


32 posted on 06/17/2006 8:45:12 PM PDT by Paperdoll (.........on the cutting edge)
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To: bruinbirdman

33 posted on 06/17/2006 8:45:39 PM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 104-105)
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To: Tribune7

LOL... I guess that's the case.

However, strike this down as reason one billion why I'm glad that I live in the U.S. Banning the rings is in clear violation of the Religious Freedom clause of the first amendment.


34 posted on 06/17/2006 8:52:03 PM PDT by Accygirl
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To: bruinbirdman

Kara: steel bracelet

35 posted on 06/17/2006 8:58:27 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Kooks For Kinky)
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To: Lizavetta

Actually, it's a little more focused than that. Diversity freaks will tolerate all kinds of things they don't like--ostensible feminists will mutter multicultural excuses for Muslim mistreatment of women while looking awkward. The only thing multiculturalists hate is the Gospel.

My wife was obliged to take a multicultural course as part of a psychology Ph.D. and she brought up the experience of folks from her ancestral culture--arguably really distinct from the dominant Western European culture in America--the culture of Orthodox Christian Greeks. The suggestion that this culture should be considered at all was greeted with venemous contempt.


36 posted on 06/17/2006 9:11:27 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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37 posted on 06/17/2006 9:14:02 PM PDT by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: terycarl
1 Peter 3:3-5

3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves....

Take it up with Peter.
38 posted on 06/17/2006 9:31:52 PM PDT by seowulf
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To: terycarl; muawiyah

Nice thread hijack.

BTW, call your office. No self-respecting Catholic would ever refer to his "One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church" as a "denomination."


39 posted on 06/17/2006 9:38:26 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: freepatriot32

I wonder if the argument has to do with not being a traditional means of Christian expression - banning jewelry with a religious saying on it isn't the same as banning the crucifix. But there was that principle out west who suspended kids for wearing red white and blue because it looked like the American flag so things are really getting crazy.


40 posted on 06/18/2006 4:04:49 AM PDT by gondramB (We may have done a lill' bit of fightin amongst ourselves but you outside people best leave us alone)
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To: maine-iac7

This is so true but no one seems to notice that we are in a Crusade.


41 posted on 06/18/2006 4:39:28 AM PDT by thile44 (Simplicity is too complex.)
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To: terycarl

WOW, what an awesome way to try to convert people - by being a JACKASS!

Get a clue, loser.


42 posted on 06/18/2006 4:44:15 AM PDT by Toby06 (True conservatives vote based on their values, not for parties.)
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To: terycarl

Nice gasoline toss.


43 posted on 06/18/2006 4:53:11 AM PDT by ASA Vet (3.03)
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To: bruinbirdman

"It's a sign of my religious faith, FOOL!"
44 posted on 06/18/2006 4:53:56 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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To: swmobuffalo; Lazamataz
Is it just me or did some folks not really read the article? This is happening in Great Britain, not the US

We have lots of FReepers who took the Lazamataz intro to FR classes.
They are "proudly posting without reading the article."

45 posted on 06/18/2006 4:58:52 AM PDT by ASA Vet (3.03)
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To: muawiyah
Many Christians believe that real Christians wear no adornment of any kind at any time. Still, I don't recall any particular sect that has ever encouraged "purity rings".

With all respect, you need to get out more. Abstinence, and making a public stand for it, is big in the youth groups I know of. The ring symbolizes a pre-marriage commitment to Christ, just as a wedding ring symbolizes commitment to one's spouse.

46 posted on 06/18/2006 5:00:06 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie!'... till you can find a rock.)
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To: terycarl

WOW, what an awesome way to try to convert people - by being a JACKASS!

Get a clue, loser.


47 posted on 06/18/2006 5:00:21 AM PDT by Toby06 (True conservatives vote based on their values, not for parties.)
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To: Oztrich Boy
See. you don't even know that God hates people who mistype

Or forget to capitalize...and don't even get Him started on punctuation!

48 posted on 06/18/2006 5:02:22 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie!'... till you can find a rock.)
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To: terycarl

"being that Catholocism is the ONLY true Christian denomination on earth"

Just a tad elitist. You have an exclusive club? A corner on the religious market? Do you have such an inferiority complex that you feel the need to feel superior by claiming you are the only true Christian religion? Are you saying all other Christians are going to hell? You must not have a lot of friends except other like-minded Catholics. Now that you've managed to insult the multitude of other Christian religion believers that frequent this website. You win the booby prize. Islam has the same mindset. Everyone else (Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus) are all infidels and the Muslim religion is the one true religion. Guess you have competition. So now we'll have one heaven for Muslims, one for Catholics, and one each for the Lutherans, Methodists, Episcopals, etc. Makes for a crowded sky.


49 posted on 06/18/2006 5:03:17 AM PDT by flaglady47
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To: Larry Lucido

Which one?


50 posted on 06/18/2006 8:22:52 AM PDT by muawiyah (-)
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