Friday, August 24, 2007

God's Warriors - Part Two

I watched the last episode of CNN’s special on “God’s Warriors,” which focused on the Christian Right in America. As a Virginian, I first want to say that it is an embarrassment to have an institution like Liberty University in our state because what it teaches and preaches goes so directly opposite of what the founding fathers from Virginia sought to achieve – a separation of religious theology from civil government. The same goes for Pat Robertson’s Regent University.

One of the three things Jefferson wanted to be remembered for (and it is stated on his tomb at Monticello which I have visited countless times) is his authorship of the Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom. The agenda of the late Rev. Falwell (who I suspect has been given a special place in Hell) and Matt Staver, dean of Liberty Law School, makes a utter mockery of Jefferson’s statute. Hopefully, Liberty will have the same experience that Regent continues to have: much higher than typical failure rate on the Bar exam, and a reluctance by many top employers to even higher its graduates. The following chart is illustrative of the low ranking of these "Christian" law schools:

Admissions; Academics; Employment Prospects; Quality of Life; Social Life
Appalachian School of Law:

3, 3, 3, 3, 3
George Mason University School of Law
40, 43, 41, 41, 42
Liberty University School of Law
1, 1, 1, 1, 1
Regent University School of Law
11, 11, 11, 11, 11
University of Richmond (TC Williams) School of Law
35, 33, 33, 34, 34
University of Virginia School of Law
137, 145, 141, 145, 140
Washington & Lee University Law School
30, 31, 32, 32, 31
William & Mary School of Law
45 48 47 48 46

Thus, most of these graduates will find themselves working as public defenders and other low paying jobs or having to work with Christian special interest groups. Either way they may find that the law school degree was not a very good investment.

The other striking thing about the series is the way in which these Christianists have absolutely no regard for anyone but themselves. If you are Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, or even a progressive Christian, their attitude is F**K YOU, only our beliefs matter. I truly believe that these fanatics are the biggest home grown threat to constitutional government as established by the founding fathers of the United States.

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