Purity Balls: Fathers Become Daughter's Boyfriend Until Marriage To Protect Virginity
A new father-daughter chastity phenomenon is leeching across the United States.
"Purity balls" are similar to weddings, except the father marries his twelve-year-old daughter. The goal is to maintain the girl's virginity until marriage.
During the ceremony, the fathers present their daughters with purity rings, and the duo become boyfriend and girlfriend, the Daily Mail reported.
"You keep this on your finger and as of this point you are married to the Lord and your father is your boyfriend," the father says as he hands his daughter the ring.
The girls then "silently commit to live pure lives before God through the symbol of laying down a white rose at the cross, before engaging in a wedding-type dance with their father."
Having sex with, kissing or touching a man (other than their fathers) before marriage is strictly prohibited.
The Mail reported that the fathers must sign a "purity covenant," which reads:
"I .........'s father, choose before God to cover my daughter as her authority and protection in the area of purity. I will be pure in my own life as a man, husband and father.
"I will be a man of integrity and accountability as I lead, guide and pray over my daughter and my family as the High Priest in my home. This covering will be used by God to influence generations to come."
One of the biggest purity balls is held at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. For the last 14-years, roughly 60 fathers and daughters have been participating in the event.
The popularity of purity balls has been growing in response to increasingly liberal attitudes about sex. Conservative fathers believe the balls are an essential weapon against the media's sexual onslaught.
According to The Mail, "A new documentary follows two families who are taking part in this ritual; the Wilsons, whose father Randy is one of the founders of the father daughter balls, and the Johnsons from Indiana. While all seven of the Wilson children are home schooled, socialising mainly with other members of their church community, the Johnson children attend a regular high school. But while they might be exposed to normal teenage behaviour at school, at home they have the message of purity enforced by father Ron, who is the head pastor at the Living Stones Church."