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• Since President Bush took office, almost $1 billion in federal funds has been committed to abstinence-only education.

• Free Teens USA, which last year received $600,000 to teach abstinence in schools, is linked to the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, who said that “the separation between religion and politics is what Satan likes most.”

• An exercise recommended by Free Teens has students spit into a cup, trade cups with another student, and then drink. Students are told that sex is more intimate than drinking someone else’s spit.

• In 2005, the CDC awarded an abstinence education group $200,000 to develop a sexual-health curriculum for doctors in training. The group tapped Dr. David Hager—opponent of Plan B and author of As Jesus Cared for Women: Restoring Women Then and Now—to head the project.

• The National Abstinence Clearinghouse, whose budget has increased more than 500% since 2001, has received $2.7 million in government funding to develop abstinence-only curricula.

• This year, the Abstinence Clearinghouse’s annual conference had a “Wizard of Oz” theme, including a panel titled “Ding, Dong, the Witch Is Dead! Which Old Witch? (The ‘Safe-Sex’ Witch).”

• Between 2001 and 2005, more than $30 million in federal abstinence funds went to more than 50 crisis pregnancy centers, anti-abortion clinics that give false information to women.

• Cotillions where girls escorted by their fathers pledge chastity are known as Purity Balls.

• At Purity Balls, fathers read this pledge: “I choose before God to cover my daughter as her authority and protection in the area of purity…as the high priest in my home.”

• Virginity pledgers are much less likely than non-pledgers to use contraception the first time they have sex, are equally likely to contract stds, and are twice as likely to engage in anal sex.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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