Teen Mania Holds Rally in Times Square

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Hundreds of Christian teen-agers filled Times Square over the weekend.

They came to take a stand against a popular culture they say wants to destroy their generation.

Some 300 teens filled Times Square for Teen Mania's Re-Create '08 -- a rally that showcased young people who, instead of complaining, are out to re-create entertainment, fashion, the arts and the Internet.

They say it's all about building up their generation -- not tearing it down.

"It's our responsibility," a young teen said. "It's time for us to rise up and say we want our generation to be the one to make a difference."

Ron Luce, Teen Mania Founder, was on site encouraging the youth.

"What we're doing is first of all, standing against a lot of the stuff we're looking at right here in Times Square where there's sexualization happening on media. I mean like every hour, eight times an hour on MTV, you see a sexual scene, nine times an hour you see some kind of profanity," he said.

"So Re-create is a movement of young people that say listen, we want to stand up and create a generation -- something that's pure, something that's right, stand up for what's true and what's wholesome for our generation."

The rally featured musical groups, testimonies -- and a list of eight top teen concerns that will be sent to the presidential candidates.

They included: youth exposure to internet pornography; the AIDS pandemic; media glamorization of drugs, sex and alcohol; abstinence education; and human trafficking of sex slaves.

The rally also featured interviews with teens who are making positive changes in their communities, including three girls from Arizona who took a stand against a major retailer that was selling pornographic Christmas ornaments. After alerting local media and civic leaders, the ornaments were removed from the store.

"That was our hope. We didn't know what to expect because it was just a small group going up against a large corporation, but God just reminded us that we had Him on our side. so, that's all we needed," she said.

Proof that young people can make a difference if they take a stand.

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