The Mission of the Department of Government is to promote practical application of biblical principles and the original intent of the founding documents of the American republic, while preparing students for lives of public service, advocacy and citizen leadership.
Did you notice that there is no mention specifically of the Constitution? Which founding documents are they referring to? Here’s a clue from PHC founder Michael Farris.
Farris, an ordained Baptist minister and self-described “constitutional lawyer,” declares in Where Do I Draw the Line? that “the founders of this country believed that the principles of God’s word should be used in our nation.”
“The laws of Massachusetts,” he explained, “once proclaimed that ‘The ordinances of Jesus Christ shall be enforced by the magistrate in every community.”
Farris wistfully notes that: “In order to hold office in Delaware, the state constitution of 1776 required the following oath: I do profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed for evermore; and I do acknowledge the Holy Scripture in the Old and New Testament to be given by divine inspiration.”
“The founding fathers,” he concludes approvingly, “employed the Word of God in the public arena.”
Q Who are the students?
: 29%ers, but we’re not talkin’, NASCAR watchin’, beer bellied Billy Bobs from Bugtussel, Alabama.
Polls would place them among the 29 percent of Christian teens who attend church weekly, pray, read the Bible, and describe religion as “extremely important” in their lives.
When they use the word “Christian,” they are speaking their own special language. To them, a Catholic or Mormon, with some exceptions, is not really a Christian. Someone who goes to church three times a year and sings hymns is not a Christian. Someone who goes to church every Sunday and calls themselves “evangelical” is not even necessarily a Christian. “She thought I was nice and Jesus was a great guy and she went to church a lot, but she wasn’t a Christian,” Farris once told a group of students about an acquaintance, and they understood exactly what he meant. To them, a “Christian” keeps a running conversation with God in his or her head always, Monday through Sunday, on subjects big and small,and believes that at any moment God might in some palpable way step in and show He either cares or disapproves.
…cares or disapproves, or wants to start a war perhaps? (zwoof).
http://en.wikipedia…. a well-known writer who has covered religion and politics for the Washington Post, the New Yorker, the New Republic, GQ, and the New York Times, describes Patrick Henry College in a post on AlterNet.com entitled,God’s Harvard: The New Grooming Ground of the Evangelical Movement
Her interview with founder Michael Farris is a dark look into the mind of a fanatic whose views would surely cause the Founding Fathers to spin in their graves simultaneously so rapidly that the Earth might be knocked off of its axis..
Farris was affable, his usual manner with reporters, as he laid out the plans for his revolution. The school would enlist the purest of born-again Christians in a war to “transform America” by training them to occupy the highest offices in the land.”
More background on Farris and PHC
Michael Farris is a constitutional lawyer and general counsel of the Home School Legal Defense Association that founded the school in 2000 as a “Christian college blending classical instruction with apprenticeship methodology.” It prides itself on the high number of White House internships secured by its students, whose SAT scores average over 1300.
Yep, they are in the White House and more than likely working side by side with the lyin’ lawyers from Regent U.
Here’s Hanna’s description of a PHC student that stayed in her home.
For a few weeks during the summer of 2005, Sarah Chambers lived with my family. She’d gotten an internship at a national magazine based in Washington, D. C., and needed a place to stay.
When I told my friends this, most of them would give me a quizzical why-are-you-harboring-Nazis-in-your-attic look. Once they met her, they were even more worried.
Sarah is charismatic, funny, and adventurous. She climbs, snowboards, and plays the guitar.
Her musical tastes range from Jack Johnson to Puff Daddy. She’s a terrific writer and was the only intern in her class hired for a full-time job. She could be one of those power girls in a Nike ad, looking glamorous even at the end of a marathon.
On top of that, she’s an astute judge of character with an introspective side. Sometimes in the mornings I’d find her upstairs in her bed, reading her Bible and taking notes.
“If they’re all like this,” one of my friends said, “we’re in trouble.”
In the spring of 2004, of the almost 100 student interns working in the White House, seven were from Patrick Henry College, which had only 240 students at the time. This is the same number of interns Georgetown University had during the same period.
Teaching faculty must also sign a statement of faith and “Biblical Worldview” stating that they believe that the Bible is the authoritative word of God. This includes the biblical account of the creation of the world, sometimes referred to as six-day creation. The claims of both evolution and creation are part of the curriculum at Patrick Henry, though the college’s official position on the issue is that six-day creation is “both biblically true and is the best fit to observed data”.
The college has a 100% placement rate among graduates who have applied to law school, with the majority of students receiving admission to first tier law schools, such as Georgetown Law School and University of Virginia Law School.