Sunday, November 25, 2012
German investigative reporter infiltrates fundamentalist Christian college by posing as prospective student. What she learned is quite troubling.
You can find Ms. Coen's entire article here at Die Zeit. It is translated by the website and the translation certainly leaves room for improvement, however here are a couple of excerpts just to give you an idea of what this young reporter encountered:
All students and professors, Patrick Henry College sign a "confession." It says that the Bible is infallible, that Satan and hell are real. And that "all those who die without Christ, forever shackled and tortured while fully conscious." In biology class, students learn that God created the earth in six 24-hour days and that the world is about 6,000 years old.
Well so much for encouraging critical thinking. And don't forget THIS is an institution of higher learning. However the focus of this college is not simply to indoctrinate young adults, it is also to use them as a type of missionary and advocate for the fundamentalist Christian mindset while embedding them in various government agencies:
"Everywhere we go we are loved as interns," says one who has studied Strategic Intelligence (SI). The Patrick Henry students accept internships with the FBI, the CIA, and with Republican members. When George W. Bush was President of the United States the Patrick Henry College had the most interns in the White House, as measured by the number of students. At Christmas, the university still receives autographed cards from the Bush family.
The SI student explains why Patrick Henry interns are so popular: "The FBI has no internal newspaper? We make a free one and offer it to them. The border police have no place where all their data is bundled? We take care of that and prepare the figures, offering them virtually a free news service." They help large companies gain a higher Google ranking and land in the first place. They fill the niche in the system and fill it with their own values. They infiltrate American society, and they do it discreetly.
Okay so let that sink in a little. These young people are provided seemingly unrestricted access to some government agencies, and large businesses, where they are free to proselytize and even provide important services, ALL with a very aggressive agenda.
But wait there's more:
When you speak with students and graduates, you come to understand a fear that they seem to all share: the fear of being meaningless. It is like a poison that is administered to them at that college, a poison that makes them hungry for power. Graduates make plans, in which they desire to serve ten years in the Senate.
Teresa Scanlan (Student and former Miss America) wants to have as many children as God give will her, she says. "And adopt at least ten." Children should be taught at home. By whom? "Of course I, their mother," says Scanlan. How does she intend to combine this with her career? To that she has no answer. "But God will have a plan for me," When asked about her role models, she says. "Mother Teresa and Sarah Palin," Mother Teresa, because it is the proof that a single person can move society.. Sarah Palin because she is a woman who combines politics and faith.
Mother Teresa and Sarah Palin, THAT is who this poor delusional young woman cites as role models. I think that pretty clearly sums up the intellectual acuity present at this college. And yet apparently THEY are like a virus infecting government at every level.
And you KNOW they are not alone, there are other schools that have been actively working with the same agenda. Such as the late Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, which essentially overran the Bush administration with interns and staff members, and pat Robertson's Regent University, whose alum Monica Goodling played a particularity nefarious role within the Bush administration.
I know that I sometimes receive blowback from my readers for constantly pointing out the negative impact that certain fundamentalists Christians are having on our country, but essentially THIS is what I am referring to when I say that we are in a war for the very soul of this country.
If these people get their way this country will look very much like the theocracy from which our Puritan founders fled in the first place. We visualize a country of freedoms and equal rights for all, THEY visualize one with strict moral laws, and a unified Christian mindset, with little room for dissension or critical thinking.
And as the nation, and its young people, move further and further beyond their reach, they will only become MORE aggressive, and MORE subversive in their attempts to wrestle back what they believe to be THEIR country.
In short we are at war, and it may very well be that we are ill equipped for the battle ahead.
(P.S. If you choose to read the original article you may see that I corrected some of the translations to make them easier to read. I did not change the content in any way, but the original translations made it hard to read through without finding yourself mentally correcting the grammar in your head, which in my opinion interfered with the ability to simply absorb the information. If you prefer you can simply skip my interpretations and read it for yourself at the link provided at the beginning of this post.)