Church group uses net to support sex education for kids

Church-based charity the Scripture Union plans to reach out to more young people through the internet, teaching abstinence as part of sex education in schools and campaigning loudly for biblical values.

The 135-year-old evangelist movement has a new chief executive and a five-year plan aimed at shedding its dusty image and taking on more inner-city projects and schools outreach work. The Scripture Union already goes into both primary and secondary schools, but plans to expand on this work and take more of a fighting stance on what it regards as discrimination against those who preach biblical morality.

Media relations officer Alistair Metcalfe said: "We have the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Europe, but recently a Christian organisation promoting abstinence before marriage was kicked out of a school. We want to take more of a stand against things like that."

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