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Love and Fidelity at 10: students building a culture of sexual integrity

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Love and Fidelity at 10: students building a culture of sexual integrity

If you don't want Weinstein culture, get behind initiatives like this.
Carolyn Moynihan and Alain Oliver | Oct 26 2017 | comment 1 

From Friday night through Saturday this weekend a couple of hundred of young college men and women and supporters will be gathering at Princeton University in the United States for the 10thannual conference of the Love and Fidelity Network.
If there is one thing the Harvey Weinstein scandal and its ever-widening ramifications have shown it is the crying need for a new sexual culture that will not only protect women and men, but also allow them to rediscover marriage, the family and sexual integrity.
This is the aim of Love and Fidelity, a movement that began at Princeton with the encouragement of notables like Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton, and has spread to some 50 universities. This weekend’s conference speakers include Professor George, alumna Ashley McGuire, Heritage scholar Ryan T. Anderson, and marriage scholar Pat Fagan.
The conference will be live-streamed from 7.30pm ET.  
A few days ago MercatorNet fired off some questions to the network’s executive director, Alain Oliver, and here are his answers.
MercatorNet: What do the Love and Fidelity Network groups offer students on campus?
Alain Oliver: The strongest aspect of LFN groups -- often called Anscombe Societies -- on campus is the sense of community they provide. To know that you are not alone in your opposition to the hook-up culture. To know that positive and healthy ways to understand sexuality exist.  To know that your school’s sanction of “Sex Week” is a far cry from how you view human sexuality. To hear the reasons and arguments for and against a position.  To understand what sociology, biology, neurology and philosophy have to say about the meaning and purpose of our embodied selves and our inherent sexual powers.
It is equal parts intellectual development, community, and resistance to a mass culture dominated by the disconnectedness exacerbated by social media
How many universities involved today? Can you give us an estimate of the number of students actively involved/reached over the years?
In the last 10 years, we have had over 2,000 students attend the annual conference, representing over 50 schools.  While 40 schools have established a chapter (though not all are current or equally active) and 50 schools have participated in one of our poster campaigns during Sex Week / St. Valentine’s day to offer a healthy alternative message.
What have some of the leaders have gone on to do with their lives? (Some are married, writing, still working for or supporting the network?
Many of the former leaders have completed manifested the mission by marrying and starting families.  The founder Cassandra DiBenedetto (now, Cassandra Hough) and Caitlin Seery (now Caitlin La Ruffa) are full-time moms but continue to serve on the board of directors applying their years of experience in service of the mission. Many former undergrads continue to support it through the alumni board, while other early supporters have moved into academia.
Free speech has become a major issue on American campuses -- do the LFN groups run into difficulties in promoting their values? Has acceptance grown or declined over the years?
The systematic eradication of free speech on American campuses is catastrophic.  A bludgeoning club to eliminate freedom of expression are the “hate speech” or “intolerance” epithets.  The greatest perceived civic value in society at large and particularly on campuses is make sure no one feels “hurt” or is exposed to any form of contradictory opinion - exposure known as "microaggression".
To talk about dating, as we do, you have to talk about men and women.  When you discuss men and women you have offended everyone with a non-binary understanding of the sexes. Thus, talking about men and women is now hate speech, or at best intolerance, as claimed by detractors on campus.
By discussing dating between a man and woman, you understand that marriage awaits them. The discussion of a permanent, exclusive union between a man and a woman is represented by our detractors as anti-gay or anti same-sex union.
The mob-mentality, the worst expression of democracy according to Plato, and satirized by Mark Twain, is now the most common expression of democracy on campus.
Since SSM has beem christened by the US Supreme Court as legal, any conversation about marriage is now challenged on campus.
The environment in public universities is dire.
You have some powerful academic friends, some of whom are speaking at your conference. I understand people like Professor Robert George played a key role in establishing the first group/s. Would you like to say something about this?
Courage. Beyond a reasonable doubt, the absolutely most important thing in this “debate” is the role modelling of courage by intellectuals. Without professors like Robbie George or others like Ryan Anderson, the ability to withstand the blistering personal attacks would be impossible. Through their calm, rational argument they create a space where none exists otherwise.
Who and how many will be at your conference next week.
Around 200 people have registered for the conference; about 70 percent are undergraduate students. Others include professors, parents, board members, writers.
MercatorNet wishes all involved a great conference and every success in their mission. 


October 26, 2017

Our lead article today comes from a blog with the daunting name of Engineering Ethics, but, as you might guess from the heading, the author is no ivory tower academic. Karl D, Stephan does have a perch in academe -- he is a professor of electrical engineering at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas -- but his view of the world is very wide and his ethical perspective very deep. If you have followed his many columns on our website you will know that he sees lots of connections between different events. 

In today's piece he is driven by an offhand remark at a conference to contrast the approach of Big Pharma to healing, with the approach of Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity. This is not mere do-gooding rhetoric but a necessary reminder -- at a time when America seems all at sea about health care policy -- that there is more to medicine than money. He writes:

The work of the Missionaries of Charity has not led directly to the invention of a cure for any disease. It has not made anyone richer financially. But it has added to the store of human capital in the form of good works and examples of how to live. 

If you haven't been reading Professor Stephan's columns I do recommend that you start now. They are both a pleasure and an education.

Carolyn Moynihan
Deputy Editor,
Big Pharma versus Mother Teresa
By Karl D. Stephan
You need love as well as money to deliver excellent medical care
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Reports of his demise have been greatly exaggerated
By Michael Cook
Fake news hits the Vatican: Benedict XVI is dying!!!!!
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Love and Fidelity at 10: students building a culture of sexual integrity
By Alain Oliverand Carolyn Moynihan
If you don't want Weinstein culture, get behind initiatives like this.
Read the full article
Tolkien fan science and the flora of Middle-earth
By Harley J. Sims
We should resist the temptation to identify a fictional world with our own.
Read the full article
Bride trafficking to China
By Marcus Roberts
Courtesy of the one child policy.
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Conquering aural space: the musical wars of the Reformation
By Chiara Bertoglio
Songs to spread the faith and rouse the spirits among opposing factions.
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The dark past of mental health care
By Kathy Gyngelland Niall McCrae
Leaving behind the 'loonie bins' which were a blot on human dignity
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‘Who am I to stop them?’
By Veronika Winkels
When parents are as naïve as teenagers about sex.
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