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The Latest War on Christianity: Sex Weeks

These spring rituals have a bigger agenda than just "free sex"

That universities host “Sex Weeks” and give students all manner of carnal advice is, at this point, verging on old news.

Made famous by former College Fix editor Nathan Harden in his 2012 book “Sex and God at Yale,” the Ivy League school that launched the movement in 2002, subsequent Sex Weeks have been reported on by dozens of conservative news outlets over the years. Many now understand these kink-filled annual events are a reality of college life, wherein students are treated to panels of porn stars and graphic sex tips and given condoms and other bedroom sundries to try out.

But here’s an important reminder about Sex Weeks – one that often gets lost when reporting on anal sex workshops, how-to’s on BDSM-flogging and masturbation tutorials. Often wrapped up in these weeklong “educational” sexual forays are discussions that essentially stand against Christianity and its support of sexual purity, monogamy, and traditional marriage.

Generally speaking, any professor or “sex expert” who tells students “if-it-feels-good-do-it, have sex with anyone and everyone you want as long as you wear a condom, and feel free to choose your own gender” is presenting an argument against God’s creation story in Genesis and his vision for the role marriage is to play in our lives. Underscoring that, we were not put on Earth to engage in temporal excesses. To quote Jesus: “Those who want to come with me must say no to the things they want, pick up their crosses, and follow me.”

Yet beyond that, there are specific examples of how Sex Week events like to take jabs at Christian beliefs and causes.

The University of Maryland on Tuesday hosted a Sex Week panel entitled “The Naked Truth” with Dr. Judith Lynne Hanna, who discussed her book by the same name. It argues “strip clubs have come under attack by a politically aggressive segment of the Christian Right [which] has stoked public outrage and incited local and state governments to impose onerous restrictions on the clubs with the intent of dismantling the exotic dance industry,” evidence of “the activist Christian Right’s ‘grand design’ to supplant constitutional democracy in America with a Bible-based theocracy.”

And over at the University of Tennessee, panels held this week included “Sex and the Sinner” and “Loosening Up the Bible Belt? Change and Inclusivity in Southern Christian Churches,” the latter of which included topics “on how churches in the South are dealing with those who feel that internet porn, gay marriage and switching genders are morally acceptable,” the Christian Post reports. That several panelists likely defended such choices is not a stretch.

The Post goes on to quote a Christian student leader at the University of Tennessee who argued: “We’re not going to get anywhere by calling people sinners and whores … that’s what a street preacher does on our campus. He goes up to girls and actually calls them whores. Is that Christ’s love? No.”

She’s 100 percent right. But my point isn’t that we should call students whores. My point is that Sex Weeks—while they may pepper in a handful of workshops by conservative students who talk of abstinence or the harms of porn—by and large proactively take stands against sexual purity.

God has a plan for men and women, a plan for their sexuality and their marriages, and it doesn’t include one-night stands or dehumanizing sexual encounters during college.

Sex Weeks promote just the opposite.

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