Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Patrick Henry School for Nazis

Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA was founded to advance the cause of Christian government in the United States. NeoCons in Washington have relied heavily on Patrick Henry College to fill their growing Demand for brown-shirts. According to the BBC, some 22 conservative members of Congress have employed interns from Patrick Henry over the last few years.

I encourage you to read the “Statement of Faith” section of the mission statement. Share this information with your secular and non-Christian conservative friends. These people don’t feel so bad about hurting or killing non-believers (Muslims for example) because what could be worse than an eternity of hell?

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Blogger Doug said...

Patrick Henry was certainly not one of these fundamentalist yahoos. No founder was; many were "Deists," which is right next door to "atheist"--you just keep a God around to anchor "natural law."

Within a century of our revolution, that hypothesis was no longer necessary.

Anyway, Henry came to prominence around a case known as "the Parsons' Cause":

Parsons’ Cause, celebrated legal action in Virginia Colony in 1763. The action arose from the imposition by the Virginia legislature in 1758 of a law to fix clergymen's salaries, theretofore payable in tobacco, at a flat rate in currency. King George III of Great Britain vetoed the law, and some clerics sued their vestries for the difference between the money they received in 1758 and the market price of tobacco. In the best known trial, Patrick Henry, then a young lawyer, defended a Hanover County, Virginia, parish against a minister's suit. The court decided against the validity of the law, but the jury, influenced by Henry's speech attacking the king's veto as tyrannical, awarded the cleric one penny in damages.

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Furthermore, here's Henry on religious tolerance: http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/amendI_religions13.html, and the following:

"Wherefore is religious liberty not secured? One honorable gentlemen, who favors adoption, said that he had had his fears on the subject. If I can well recollect, he informed us that he was perfectly satisfied, by the powers of reasoning, (with which he is so happily endowed,) that those fears were not well grounded. There is many a religious man who knows nothing of argumentative reasoning; there are many of our most worthy citizens who cannot go through all the labyrinths of syllogistic, argumentative deductions, when they think that the rights of conscience are invaded. This sacred right ought not to depend on constructive, logical reasoning.

. . . That sacred and lovely thing, religion, ought not to rest on the ingenuity of logical deduction. Holy religion, sir, will be prostituted to the lowest purposes of human policy. What has been more productive of mischief among mankind than religious disputes? Then here, sir, is a foundation for such disputes, when it requires learning and logical deduction to perceive that religious liberty is secure." -- in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 12 June 1788

The one quote that has been shown to be a MIS-quote is the following:

"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!" -- This quotation has not been found anywhere in Henry's recorded writings or speeches, as has been acknowledged by David Barton. http://www.geocities.com/peterroberts.geo/Relig-Politics/PHenry.html#msquo

David Barton is a "historian" who has been trying to religicize the founders for present political purposes: http://www.wallbuilders.com/aboutus/bio/index.htm; check out the homepage of that scary site.

Google Barton and you'll see a firestorm over his "scholarship." "History" to Barton seems like having a search image, finding anything that fits, and ignoring context and any data to the contrary to your "search image". Should work for Cheney in intelligence gathering, in my opinion. That's not (only) a joke -- this is how these people "think".

Also, to see how widespread the lies go in the populist sense, check out: http://www.christianparents.com/pathenry.htm

Interesting, no? Those guys ain't my friends or political allies! Yes, allies: the Bush campaign hired Barton for the 2004 campaign; he was (and may still be for all I know) the GOP vice-chair in Texas: http://www.beliefnet.com/story/154/story_15469_1.html.

Furthermore, dig THIS page: http://www.theocracywatch.org/separation_church_state2.htm. Names like William Pryor, Zell Millier, and others come up. This last page summarizes the theofascist attack on American Enlightenment principles.

By the way, Zell Miller, along with some others, sponsored THIS bill in 2004 (from the last-quoted site):

The Constitution Restoration Act of 2004, introduced into both houses of Congress on February 11, 2004, "includes the acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law by an official in his capacity of executing his office." Katherine Yurica, author of the Yurica Report, reports on this bill that reveals the theocratic intentions of its sponsors including Rep. Robert Aderholt (Alabama), Rep. Michael Pence (Indiana), Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, Sen. Zell Miller (Georgia), Sen. Sam Brownback (Kansas), and Sen. Lindsey Graham (South Carolina).

Read the actual act here: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c108:H.R.3799:.

Most horrifying part was quoted in part above; here's the full Monty:

`Sec. 1260. Matters not reviewable

`Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the Supreme Court shall not have jurisdiction to review, by appeal, writ of certiorari, or otherwise, any matter to the extent that relief is sought against an element of Federal, State, or local government, or against an officer of Federal, State, or local government (whether or not acting in official personal capacity), by reason of that element's or officer's acknowledgement of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government.'.

(2) TABLE OF SECTIONS- The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 81 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`1260. Matters not reviewable.'.

I'm sure the lawyers out there will recoginze that for what it is.

Hmmmm..."theofascism" is the neologism of our age.

Sadly, Dug

Friday, March 11, 2005 10:20:00 AM  

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