Rev. Franklin Graham is condemning the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s “Sex Week” – laden with pornographic content and LGBT propaganda – as a “promotion of sin” and a waste of tuition – and taxpayer money.
The president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and Samaritan’s Purse publicly declared his repulsion and dismay over the university’s week-long (April 6–12) “educational” program laden with events including “trans-sex positivity,” “queer theory,” “queer history” and “art gallery – send nudes” … not to mention numerous other themes that should only be reserved for an adult bookstore.
“I’m saddened, disappointed – and yes, shocked – to see that University of Tennessee-Knoxville is promoting a ‘Sex Week’ for its students,” Graham expressed on his Facebook post on April 6. “This Fox News story refers to it as ‘Sodom & Gomorrah.’ It’s even worse than the name sounds when you read the events and classes on their own website http://sexweekut.org. They’re actually pushing this filthy trash on young people whose parents are paying good money to send them there for a quality education.”
The carnality being celebrated at UT during Sex Week – which included professors lecturing on masturbation and sexual items, as well as anal and oral sex – is nothing new on the Volunteer State campus.
“Graham expressed disgust at the events at the university, which already was promoting on its website a Pride Center with a ‘trans discussion group,’ ‘GTPOC discussion group’ and a ‘bi-pan discussion group’ that highlights the ‘middle sexualities spectrum,’” WND reported.
A call for decency
Graham then called out the publicly funded university’s chancellor for allowing such morally depraved materials and teachings to be pushed on impressionable and vulnerable students.
“What could Chancellor Beverly Davenport be thinking?” the evangelical leader asked on Facebook. “There’s nothing healthy or educational about all of this. It’s just simply promoting sin.”
Graham followed up by imploring parents – who are concerned about the schools’ intentional perversion of youth under the guise of education – to take action against the immoral crusade.
“I think parents should take steps to see this stopped – or pull their students out,” he advised. “Alumni and the residents of Tennessee who fund the university should make it clear that this does not have any place at their state university.”
The preacher from North Carolina also advised Christian leaders and politicians alike to condemn the sexual libertinism being pushed on the Volunteers’ campus.
“I think pastors across this great state should speak out against it, and I hope Governor Bill Haslam will step in and make sure the group responsible is no longer allowed to do their damage at UT,” Graham concluded. “Email your concerns to the university chancellor’s office at email@example.com.”
More conservative outrage
The conservative media was also amazed that such carnal behavior is being promoted on a university campus.
“’Sex Week’ [is] six days of XXX-rated debauchery that make Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street look like a Sunday school picnic,” Fox News reported. “The annual event is sponsored by a campus organization called ‘Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee,’ [which says it] wants to promote ‘sexual health and empowerment.’”
The explicit nature of the event was described as something from which both students and parents with any kind of moral compass should shield their eyes and ears.
“The workshops at the event have names too offensive to list here, but suffice it to say they are not the type of educational activities most parents have in mind when they fork over thousands of dollars of hard-earned savings to send their 18-year-olds off to college,” Fox News’ Todd Starnes pointed out. “And while many Tennesseans will be attending church on Sunday, university students will be participating in a ‘Sex Week Carnival’ that’s about as far from church as you can get, and instead looks like it belongs in a porn film.”
Former Sen. Mae Beavers (R-Tenn.) insisted that UT has lost touch with not only its sense of decency, but with virtually anyone living in the Volunteer State.
“Tennesseans certainly do not approve of this kind of behavior,” Beavers declared on the Todd Starnes Radio Show. “The university does not reflect the values of Tennesseans, and I think it’s about time Tennesseans stood up and demanded their legislature defund these things.”
Conservative commentator Steve Gill, who is an alum of UT, also voiced his dismay over the school’s disconnect.
“The liberal agenda of the leadership at Tennessee is frankly out of control and completely disconnected with the values and concerns of Tennessee taxpayers,” Gill told Starnes. “The leadership of the university is completely embracing this far left, radical agenda.”
Starnes noted that the majority of Tennesseans are aghast over the crusade touting perversion on campus.
“Taxpayers and decent-minded people across the Volunteer State are flat-out disgusted by the raunchy shenanigans,” Starnes insisted.
UT-Knoxville Spokeswoman Tyra Haag attempted to justify the carnal carnival that ended Wednesday on campus.
“[Sex Week is] organized and funded by students who opt-in for a student fee at the beginning of the year,” Haag told Starnes.
She also attempted to make it appear as if officials at UT are champions of free speech by allowing the event.
“The speech of the registered student organization is protected by the First Amendment and the Campus Free Speech Protection Act,” Haag declared in a statement before insisting that taxpayer money did not fund the event. “No state funds are expended for Sex Week.”
Yet Beavers is skeptical about Haag’s claim.
“To think that our young people – we send them off to school (a public university) and they are exposed to all these things – I think it’s ridiculous,” Beavers expressed, according to Fox News. “I think it’s depraved, and I think the Legislature should defund all these things – and Tennesseans certainly do not approve of this.”
She contended that even if private donations were the only funding for Sex Week 2018, the raunchy event was still hosted on a campus that is paid for by tax dollars.
The student organizers and their faculty supporters advertised the licentious event with little shame and no modesty.
"… one, … all, to the Sex Week Carnival!” UT’s Sex Week description reads, according to CNS News. “Join us to kick off the week that 'makes Mardi Gras on Beale Street look like a Sunday School picnic,'* mingle with dazzling drag queens and fabulous circus performers, and be dazzled by our three-…-ring circus. Show off your skills at sex trivia! Try … [derogatory] Relay Races! Test your knowledge at the [derogatory] Test! Winning games gets you tickets, and tickets get you [sexually explicit] prizes like …!"