Jackson, MI

The Mississippi Department of Human Services hosts an annual teen-abstinence summit called Abstinence Works — Let’s Talk About It! Over five thousand teenagers attended this year’s event, which began with an opening prayer and included a featured speaker who prominently quoted the Bible and explained that God ordered humanity to be abstinent. AU wrote to the Department of Human Services and explained that religious proselytizing at a state-sponsored event violates the separation of church and state. We received a response from the Department agreeing to forego religious presentations at future state-run events.