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 www.princeton.edu/~anscombe, and about the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship at www.princeton.edu/~pef.

Shortly after appearing on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" last Thursday, Los Angeles-based emergency medicine specialist Dr. Simone Gold got a call saying she was fired for speaking out about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in a now-banned viral video.

Dr. Gold returned to the radio program Monday to detail exactly what happened, the reason the hospitals gave for her firing, and how they threatened to fire her colleagues as well if she "didn't go quietly."

"Most emergency physicians work at more than one [hospital], as I do, and I've actually been fired from both," she told Glenn. "They told me that I appeared in an embarrassing video, and therefore, I would no longer be welcome to work there ... then they said, if I didn't go quietly and I made a fuss, they would have all the doctors in the group, you know, they'd have to go and they'll get a whole new doctor group."

Dr. Gold said she does not regret speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during the controversial "White Coat Summit" news conference held in Washington, D.C., last week. A video of the news conference quickly went viral on social media before being removed by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others for allegedly making false claims related to COVID-19.

"Bring it on," she said. "I want to continue to live in America. I want my children to continue to live in America. I don't want them to grow up in a place like China. When you get to a point where, not only can I not speak as a scientist, as a doctor, for what I know to be absolutely true, but you then want to cancel me and my colleagues, this is not okay. I would much rather fight than not fight ... and I want everybody to know that there are literally millions and millions of Americans who are on our side. Millions. I believe it's the majority."

Glenn then asked Dr. Gold to weigh in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new guidelines encouraging schools to reopen in the fall and the left's relentless drive to keep them closed.

"There's no actual scientific debate whatsoever if schools should open. None. There's no scientific debate. There's no serious person who thinks schools shouldn't open. Now, [through] some governors and policy makers, there's pressure being brought to bear on school districts, but there's no actual scientific debate. So it's going to come down to parents pressuring their local school districts to act in a responsible fashion."

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Fox News host Greg Gutfeld joined Glenn on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to talk about his new book, "The Plus: Self-Help for People Who Hate Self-Help."

Greg admits he is probably the last person who should write a self-help book. Nevertheless, he offers his offbeat advice on how to save America during what has become one of the most tumultuous times in history, as well as drinking while tweeting (spoiler: don't do it).

He also shares his "evolution" on President Donald Trump, his prediction for the election, and what it means to be an agnostic-atheist.

In this clip, Greg shares what he calls his "first great epiphany" on how dangerous cancel culture has become.

"I believe that cancel culture is the first successful work-around of the First Amendment," he said. "Because freedom of speech doesn't protect me from my career being ruined, my livelihood being destroyed, or me getting so depressed I commit suicide. Cancel culture is the first successful work-around of freedom of speech. It can oppress your speech with the scepter of destruction. We don't have freedom of speech anymore."

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Dr. Simone Gold joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to set the record straight about hydroxychloroquine -- what it is, how it works, and the real reason for all the current controversy surrounding a centuries-old medication.

Dr. Gold is a board certified emergency physician. She graduated from Chicago Medical School before attending Stanford University Law School. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, and worked in Washington D.C. for the Surgeon General, as well for the chairman of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. She works as an emergency physician on the front lines, whether or not there is a pandemic, and her clinical work serves all Americans from urban inner city to suburban and the Native American population. Her legal practice focuses on policy issues relating to law and medicine.

She is also the founder of America's frontline doctors, a group of doctors who have been under attack this week for speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during a news conference held outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

On the program, Dr. Gold emphasized that the controversy over hydroxychloroquine is a "complete myth."

"Hydroxychloroquine is an analogue or a derivative of quinine, which is found in tree bark. It's the most noncontroversial of medications that there is," she explained.

"It's been around for centuries and it's been FDA-approved in the modern version, called hydroxychloroquine, for 65 years. In all of that time, [doctors] used it for breast-feeding women, pregnant women, elderly, children, and immune compromised. The typical use is for years or even decades because we give it mostly to RA, rheumatoid arthritis patients and lupus patients who need to be on it, essentially, all of their life. So, we have extensive experience with it ... it's one of the most commonly used medications throughout the world."

Dr. Gold told Glenn she was surprised when the media suddenly "vomited all over hydroxychloroquine", but initially chalked it up to the left's predictable hatred for anything President Donald Trump endorses. However, when the media gave the drug Remdesivir glowing reviews, despite disappointing clinical trial results, she decided to do some research.

"[Remdesivir] certainly wasn't a fabulous drug, but the media coverage was all about how fabulous it was. At that moment, I thought that was really weird. Because it's one thing to hate hydroxychloroquine because the president [endorsed] it. But it's another thing to give a free pass to another medicine that doesn't seem that great. I thought that was really weird, so I started looking into it. And let me tell you, what I discovered was absolutely shocking," she said.

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According to the mainstream media's COVID-19 narrative, the president is "ignoring" the crisis.

On tonight's "Glenn TV" special, Glenn Beck exposes the media's last four months of political theater that has helped shape America's confusion and fear over coronavirus. And now, with a new school year looming on the horizon, the ongoing hysteria has enormous ramifications for our children, but the media is working overtime to paint the Trump administration as anti-science Neanderthals who want to send children and teachers off to die by reopening schools.

Glenn fights back with the facts and interviews the medical doctor Big Tech fears the most. Dr. Simone Gold, founder of America's Frontline Doctors, stands up to the media's smear campaign and explains why she could no longer stay silent in her fight against coronavirus fear.

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