The friend was a member of a group called Straight Edge, "a lifestyle, a personal commitment, a philosophy, and a subculture that is closely associated with hardcore punk music. Straight edgers abstain from tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. Followers of the straight-edge world view may also abstain from caffeine or casual sex, and practice vegetarianism or veganism. (wikipedia)" In Utah, they are militant about not having sex outside of marriage. (Wikipedia has a long article about Straight Edge, including a bit on the Mormon branch of it.)Originally Posted by Ace Medallion;2456550;
In the 80s and 90s, there were problems here with Straight Edgers here in Utah committing violent acts against people who went against their belief system. (See article at the link below.) I wasn't aware that they were still an active problem, but maybe they are, and something else is just more popular in the media at the moment.
News & Opinion: Militant Straight Edge Goes International (Salt Lake City Weekly . 09-21-98)
Salt Lake City Weekly, where the article comes from, is Salt Lake's major alternative weekly newspaper like The Boston Phoenix or Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon.
P.S. Ben's Straight Edge friend is the son of Bill's right-hand guy from the store (the crew cut man), right?