Being conservative and Christian on campus

While there are social conservatives who are not religiously affiliated, many of us are.   For those of us who are Christians, faith in Jesus Christ and his message shapes our convictions and is fundamental to who we are.  That is why I was pleased and encouraged to find a vibrant Christian community when I arrived at Princeton University.  I joined and have remained active in the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship, which has been a Christian ministry on Princeton’s campus for over 75 years.

My involvement with PEF (as we call it) has been a great blessing in my life.  Its strong theological witness and commitment to Christian faith and the biblical worldview has helped me to grow in my spiritual life, to develop close ties with other Christians, and to strengthen my commitment to Christ.  PEF is actually like a family that supports and ministers to students in their spiritual and moral lives and shows them what it means to live in obedience to Christ.

Reactions to my membership in an Evangelical Christian fellowship have been mixed.  I’ve sometimes encountered the unfriendly question: “You’re a Christian?  How can you believe that?”  What this is, of course, is a prime opportunity to explain to a skeptic why I believe what I believe.  More often, my openly Christian faith is simply accepted without comment.  At Princeton there is such a thriving Christian community, with numerous and strong Evangelical fellowships and a flourishing Catholic ministry, that it is hardly strange to find someone who is involved with one.  The truth is that we are blessed at Princeton to have a thriving religious life in general on campus, with active Jewish, Muslim, and Mormon communities in addition to the Catholic and Protestant ministries.  I have not generally found there to be hostile or malicious attention paid to Christians, though there are times when Christian beliefs are ridiculed, which I will address in a moment.  By and large, unbelieving students have no problem interacting with students who are religious, and will treat them with civility and respect.

There are times, however, when Christianity, and religious beliefs in general, do come under attack.  When conversations about religious doctrine come up, some people will try to shut them down with the claim that such conversations are nothing but pretexts for attempts at conversion.  Other times, and this actually happens quite often, people will demand that students “keep religion out of it” and automatically discount any argument that has a basis in religious faith.  “You need faith to believe such things,” they say, and “faith-based arguments are no arguments at all.”  The funny thing is, of course, that every argument requires a certain kind of faith; everyone relies on faith at some level.  The faith could be placed in God, or the Bible, or another religious text, but it can also be placed in science, in the self, in the senses, in reason, and so on.  The demand to use “only empirically verifiable data” is a claim to faith in the ultimate measurability and sensibility of the physical world—and that the physical world is all that there is to reality.  (It is also a self-refuting claim, since it cannot itself be empirically verified!)  Of course empirical analysis has an important part to play in finding reasons for beliefs, but it should be recognized that it requires just as much faith as a well-grounded religious belief.

Some things that we, as Christians, believe to be revealed as true are at the same time knowable even apart from special revelation.   Some propositions that can be defended on theological grounds can also be shown to be true via historical, sociological, scientific, and philosophical investigation and argument.  The social conservative movement at Princeton has flourished because students have learned to complement and support theological arguments with arguments drawn from other intellectual disciplines.

At Princeton, the social conservative movement is truly ecumenical.  Most (though not all) members are active in religious communities.  However, a wide variety of faiths are represented in our ranks.  Early on, the movement was mainly Catholic, but in recent years the number of Evangelicals involved in the pro-life and pro-family causes on campus has risen dramatically.  We also have members who belong to the Eastern Orthodox and Mormon faiths.  There have always been a number of Jewish social conservatives at Princeton and recently some Muslim students have become involved.  All of us recognize that although we differ on important theological points, we can nevertheless come together to advance our shared beliefs in the sanctity of human life and the dignity of marriage and the family.  Across the historic lines of religion division, we realize that there are profound reasons, accessible to all, for honoring human life in all stages and conditions, and in promoting a vision of sexuality that does justice to the dignity of the human person.

For social conservatives, there are always challenges to be faced on a university campus.  And for faithful Christians and other religious students, there are some particular challenges.  We are minority (though not a small one at Princeton), and we have only a handful of faculty supporters.  Still, we are flourishing at Princeton.  Even many students and faculty who do not share our views have paid tribute to the depth of our commitment to rational discourse and the free and civil engagement of ideas.  The time when a socially conservative student at Princeton would feel it necessary to hide his or her views is long past.  It is more than possible for openly pro-life and pro-family students to thrive at Princeton.  If you need evidence, just consider these facts:  In the past two years, Princeton has produced four American Rhodes Scholars:  three have been outspoken social conservatives.  So are many winners of Princeton’s highest honors and accolades.  Princeton is a great place to be a social conservative—even a Christian one.

Jonathan Hwang is a senior at Princeton University, and is majoring in Politics with a certificate in Political Theory.  He is President of the Anscombe Society, Communications Chair of the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship, and a Junior Fellow with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.  More information can be found about the Anscombe Society at, and about the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship at

For the first time in the history of "The Glenn Beck Program," former President Donald Trump joined Glenn to give his take on America's direction under President Joe Biden compared to his own administration. He explained why Biden's horrific Afghanistan withdrawal was "not even a little bit" like his plan, and why he thinks it was "the most embarrassing event in the history of our country."

Plus, the former president gave his opinion on China's potential takeover of Bagram Air Base, the Pakistani Prime Minister, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Glenn asked President Trump how similar the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan was to his administration's plan.

"Not even a little bit," Trump answered. "We had a great plan, but it was a very tenuous plan. It was based on many conditions. For instance, you can't kill American soldiers. ... You have to understand, I did want to get out. But I wanted to get out with dignity, and I wanted to take our equipment out. And I didn't want soldiers killed. ... What [Biden] did was just indefensible. He took the military out first and he left all the people. And then we became beggars to get the people out. I had a plan to get them out very quickly. But first, the Americans would go out."

Trump told Glenn that his plan included maintaining Bagram Air Base and explained why he would not have left "a single nail" behind in Afghanistan for the Taliban to seize.

"We were going to keep Bagram open," he explained. "We were never going to close that because, frankly, Bagram is more about China than it is about Afghanistan. It was practically on the other border of China. And now we've lost that. And you know who is taking it over? China is taking it over. We spend $10 billion to build that base. It's got the longest, most powerful runways in the world. And China has now got its representatives there and it looks like they'll take it over. Glenn, it's not believable what's happened. You know, they have Apache helicopters. These are really expensive weapons, and they have 28 of them. And they're brand-new. The latest model."

Glenn mentioned recent reports that Gen. Milley, America's top military officer, made "secret phone calls" to his counterpart in China while President Trump was in office.

"I learned early on that he was a dope," Trump said of Gen. Milley. "He made a statement to me — and I guarantee that's what happened to Biden — because I said, 'We're getting out of Afghanistan. We have to do it.' And I said, 'I want every nail. I want every screw. I want every bolt. I want every plane. I want every tank. I want it all out, down to the nails, screws, bolts ... I want every single thing. And he said, 'Sir, it's cheaper to leave it than it is to bring it.'

"The airplane might have cost $40 million, $50 million ... millions and millions of dollars. So, you think it's cheaper to leave it than to have 200 pilots fly over and fly all the equipment out? ... I said, you've got to be nuts. I mean, give me a tank of gas and a pilot and I just picked up a $40 million-dollar airplane. It was amazing. So, I learned early that this guy is a dope. But what he did, is he hurt our country ... and he shouldn't have been allowed to do it. And bad things should happen to him."

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In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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