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Give Me Liberty Or I Quit

Heart has pointed us to the following article published by The Chronicle For Higher Education about Patrick Henry college: “Give Me Liberty Or I Quit.” I would adopt this as a slogan for Pooh’s Think if it were a bit more poetic in quality.

After reading this article, I thought to myself: “If secularists really knew how Biblicist and anti-liberal arts the typical conservative Christian really is, the ‘culture war’ might have been over a long time ago.”

Ihe article is about five non-tenured professors who bravely stood up against Biblicist censorship, thereby leaving in rubble Patrick Henry College’s purported dream to be the next Harvard. The article begins:

For such a small college, Patrick Henry sure attracts big-time attention. It has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Economist. The New Yorker also weighed in with a lengthy piece. Just last month the Discovery Times Channel broadcast an in-depth documentary on Patrick Henry titled God’s Next Army.

Not bad for a college that opened its doors in 2000 and has around 300 students. The news media see Patrick Henry as the Christian college with a right-wing political agenda — and for good reason. Its stated mission is to prepare undergraduates, most of whom were home schooled, to “lead our nation and shape our culture with timeless biblical values.”

Patrick Henry students have interned for top Republican honchos like Bill Frist, Tom DeLay, and Karl Rove. Janet Ashcroft, wife of the former attorney general, sits on the Board of Trustees. The college makes no secret of its ideological leanings; rather, it flaunts them.

It also boasts of its classical liberal-arts curriculum. The vision was that Patrick Henry would become as rigorous and prestigious as an Ivy League institution, but with a firm religious grounding — a faith-based Harvard.

But a core group of Patrick Henry professors now question that much-publicized commitment to the liberal arts. Five of its 16 full-time professors, two of whom have been there from the beginning, are leaving after a bitter battle over academic freedom. Their departures have shaken the campus and created doubts about the college’s future….. [go read the article!]

November 17, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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