Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Patrick Henry College: For Christ and For Liberty

Heard about this on Morning Sedition. Talk about your eye-openers. Their institutional view of:
    Civil Government. God himself has ordained government and commands that everyone must submit to government; moreover, there is no authority except that which God has established. (Romans 13: 1-5) Consequently, he who rebels against lawful authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment upon themselves. It is necessary to submit to government, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. We are to pray for all who hold public office, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (Proverbs 14: 34-35; I Timothy 2: 1-2)
Creeped out? Did it for me. For an overview of what the place is about, check out this BBC report, Educating America's Christian Right.
    Sitting in a noisy but strangely tidy student canteen, Naomi Laine outlined her political vision.

    "My intention is to impact the culture [of America]," she said.

    "The people are the most important component of a society, and so that's where the battle for the minds needs to be waged."

    Naomi sounds like a well-seasoned politician. But she is in fact a first year student at Patrick Henry College, America's first university established primarily for evangelical Christian home-schooled children.


    With President George W Bush in the White House and a Republican dominated Congress, the time seems right for Mr Farris and Patrick Henry College.

    Patrick Henry students can look forward to a career in politics
    His students already have a level of access to Washington politics that few universities in the US can match.

    Also, some 22 conservative members of Congress have employed interns from Patrick Henry over the past few years.
Here's Jim Wallis's take:
    "Somehow Jesus has become pro-rich, pro-war and only pro-America," he said.

    "How did this ever happen? Our faith has been stolen and it's time to take it back.

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