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“Sex Jeopardy” has been a staple of the freshman experience at Princeton University for a number of years now.  Although the game is not mandatory, freshmen are strongly encouraged to participate.  To be sure, the university is right to be concerned about the sexual health and safety of its students, especially incoming freshmen.  Questions concerning sexually transmitted infections and sexual violence and harassment are certainly warranted.  However, university officials are deceiving themselves if they think Sex Jeopardy educates students in a “value free” and “morally neutral” way, as the game purports to do.  Other categories, such as “Contraception and Birth Control” and “LGBT sex,” suggest that, far from being “morally neutral,” the game reflects and advances a particular (moral) view about sex.  This view is that any sexual behavior (even promiscuous and deviant behavior) is morally innocent and even good so long as precautions are taken to avoid undesired consequences. It is not a matter of sexual health and safety, for example, to know the various functions and flavors of condoms, nor how LGBT individuals behave sexually. And it is doubtful that a student choosing from the “Grab Bag” category would be better equipped to guard his safety (or the safety of the girl he is with) once learning new sex moves and positions.  The fact is that Sex Jeopardy, and other university programs, educates students in sexual liberationist ideals, where anything goes so long as there is consent.  In effect, this only results in more, not fewer, cases of unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, and emotional distress.  There is nothing “morally neutral” or genuinely “healthy” about it.

Furthermore, think of the young students attending these programs: the Orthodox Jew whose modesty give her reason to cover her elbows and hair; the Muslim girl who also takes care to cover up.  Let’s not forget the many Catholic and Christian students who, far from being ignorant about sex, were raised in households where sex was revered as a beautiful part of the union between husband and wife.  For many of these students, Sex Jeopardy and other university programs offend their sensibilities.  It is an affront to human decency to treat so casually and crudely matters that are respected as being deeply intimate, meaningful, and even holy.

But many within the university community seem quite ignorant of this body of students.  Worldviews that value the institution of marriage as being between a man and a woman, the special role of the family, and premarital abstinence and sexual fidelity are often either not represented or misrepresented.  The fact is, while universities tout neutrality on sexual matters, the notion that premarital abstinence is normal, reasonable, and healthy is entirely foreign.  Take, for example, the final jeopardy question in “Sex Jeopardy,” which asked why someone would choose to be abstinent.  One freshman remembers most of her peers’ answers as referring to problems with self-confidence.  With such a misunderstanding about the arguments in favor of chastity, we cannot be satisfied with mere lip-service to the word “abstinence” in university sexual health programming.  Nor can we be satisfied with the fact that so many young people today are ill-formed and misinformed on the reasons defending the institution of marriage, the special role of the family, and sexual self-restraint.

This is precisely what motivated students at Princeton to speak out on their campus and launch a student group called the Anscombe Society (www.princeton.edu/~anscombe), through which they have been working with university administrators and staff to reform sexual health programming.  These students do not seek special treatment for themselves and their values, but are instead committed to establishing a fair and equal platform whereby their reasons for valuing chastity, marriage, and family can be heard and discussed honestly.  Since the group’s founding in 2005, it has hosted over two dozen scholars and professionals for campus-wide lectures, where they discuss marriage, family, and sexuality from a variety of different academic disciplines.  At Harvard, Yale, William & Mary, and Arizona State University too, students who reject the hookup culture and defend chastity and fidelity are making inroads with speakers, lectures, and discussion groups offering an “alternative” voice to the standard “safe sex” programs and hookup mentality.

So, despite the gloomy picture of sexual health programming and campus social life, there is indeed hope.  Students are recognizing that there is more to sex than scary STI statistics, fun “Sex Jeopardy” factoids, and your typical Saturday night hookup.  They are seeking an honest and balanced education in how to make responsible, healthy, reasonable, and moral decisions, and they are respectfully making their voices heard among university administrators so as to benefit the campus community at large.  These students are calling for a new sexual revolution – one that empowers their minds and hearts to love responsibly and authentically.  

Cassandra L. DeBenedetto is an alumna of Princeton University and one of the original founders of the Anscombe Society.  She is now the Executive Director of the Love and Fidelity Network, which equips college students with the arguments, resources, and direction they need to promote the integrity of marriage, family, and sex on their campuses. She can be reached at cdebenedetto@loveandfidelity.org.   Website: www.loveandfidelity.org   

Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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