The Theocratic ‘Ron Paul Curriculum’


Ron Paul has just announced that he is developing a curriculum for use by homeschooling parents. He says this will teach young people to believe in freedom, yet guess who is working as the Director of Curriculum Development for this project? Gary North, the most prominent Christian Reconstructionist in the world. Freedom?

Allow me to quote what North himself has said on the subject of education and freedom. When I first came across this quote several years ago, I thought it simply too good — or too bad — to be true. Whenever a quote seems too perfect, I tend to assume that it is until I track it down in an original source. And this one turned out to be accurate. He wrote this in 1982 in an article entitled “The Intellectual Schizophrenia of the New Christian Right” in Christianity and Civilization: The Failure of the American Baptist Culture. You can still read it online.

“So let us be blunt about it: we must use the doctrine of religious liberty to gain independence for Christian schools until we train up a generation of people who know that there is no religious neutrality, no neutral law, no neutral education, and no neutral civil government. Then they will get busy in constructing a Bible-based social, political and religious order which finally denies the religious liberty of the enemies of God.”

This is the man that Ron Paul has put in charge of writing his allegedly liberty-loving curriculum. He is also a staunch advocate of Biblical stoning, including for all the things the Bible demands that it be used for. You know, like being gay or a woman (but not a man, of course) not being a virgin on her wedding day. You can find all of this in another of his books, The Sinai Strategy.

Walter Olson, a genuine libertarian (as opposed to these totalitarian theocrats who falsely claim that label), wrote about this long ago.

“The Christian goal for the world,” Recon theologian David Chilton has explained, is “the universal development of Biblical theocratic republics.” Scripturally based law would be enforced by the state with a stern rod in these republics. And not just any scriptural law, either, but a hardline-originalist version of Old Testament law–the point at which even most fundamentalists agree things start to get “scary.” American evangelicals have tended to hold that the bloodthirsty pre-Talmudic Mosaic code, with its quick resort to capital punishment, its flogging and stoning and countenancing of slavery, was mostly if not entirely superseded by the milder precepts of the New Testament (the “dispensationalist” view, as it’s called). Not so, say the Reconstructionists. They reckon only a relative few dietary and ritualistic observances were overthrown.

So when Exodus 21:15-17 prescribes that cursing or striking a parent is to be punished by execution, that’s fine with Gary North. “When people curse their parents, it unquestionably is a capital crime,” he writes. “The integrity of the family must be maintained by the threat of death.” Likewise with blasphemy, dealt with summarily in Leviticus 24:16: “And he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him.”

This is the American and Christian version of the Taliban, and claiming to be advocates of liberty for fuck’s sake.

Comments

  1. says

    The last time I heard someone describe Ron Paul’s interpretation of the constitution, I realized it was indistinguishable from Michelle Bachman’s. That told me all I needed to know about Ron Paul, and this little item is just icing on that toxic festering cake (it’s brown, but it don’t smell like chocolate).

  2. says

    It looks like the Ron Paul Griftin’ teh Rubes Express just did a calculation and found out there was more money to be made in that area than in politics. Wonder how much Dr. Dearth has in his war chest?

    @2:

    No, that’s Peter Nor–, oh, wait, how wouldI know?

  3. says

    The only thing “libertarian” about Ron Paul’s suggested curriculum is that it’s aimed at homeschooling parents, not anyone in government. That’s the difference between authoritarianism and totalitarianism: authoritarians want all acts of tyranny and oppression to be handled by the private sector.

  4. stever says

    I’m waiting for one of these theocrats to run for public office and face a reporter who asks “Having declared yourself an enemy of the Constitution, how could you take the oath of office in good faith?” It would be interesting to hear the public answer. The private answer, of course, is that Lying For Jesus is no sin. It’s important to get these wingnuts to admit what they’re up to on the public record, and save print copies. video clips are better, in case the bastard tries to deny having said it.

  5. Randomfactor says

    “The integrity of the family must be maintained by the threat of death.”

    Of children, too.

    He is advocating the death of disobedient children.

  6. raven says

    “The integrity of the family must be maintained by the threat of death.”

    Of children, too.

    Hey. No big deal.

    He also wants to kill you. And me. And all my friends.

    Biblical law prescribes stoning to death for apostates, atheists, heretics, adulterers, disobedient children, nonvirgin brides, sabbath breakers, and false prophets.

    It is estimated that under biblical law, 297 million Americans would be stoned to death, 99% of the population.

    Gary North and Ron Paul are wannabe genocidal maniacs that the world hasn’t seen since god killed all but 8 people in the Big Boat incident.

  7. raven says

    FWIW, there is no evidence that biblical law ever actually existed.

    The bible was written by the Jerry Falwell’s of their day and seems to be just a genocidal maniac wannabe’s snuff fantasy.

    For one thing, any society that kills most of its people for common human activities isn’t going to last.

    While they are cheerfully stoning to death their children, nonvirgin brides, adulterers, false prophets and so on, the neighboring tribes would just walk in and take them over.

    After Gay North and Ron Paul finished massacring 99% of the US population, the Mexicans and Canadians would just wander down and start picking up the pieces.

    In reality, probably after they killed a few hundred or thousand people, the population would rise up and kill them in self defence. Humans have a well developed reflex when they are threatened with violence. Fight back.

  8. D. C. Sessions says

    I’m waiting for one of these theocrats to run for public office and face a reporter who asks “Having declared yourself an enemy of the Constitution, how could you take the oath of office in good faith?”

    And the stock answer is, “the so-called ‘separation of church and state’ is nowhere in the Constitution.”

  9. says

    I’ll cross-post what I said at Libby Anne’s blog:

    There are lots of “libertarians” like North. Their gripe with big government is that it has elevated what should be the dregs of society (generally including, but not limited to, racial and sexual minorites) by forcing their betters to do business with them against their better judgment and taking money by force and giving it to those who don’t deserve it. I’ve heard all the following espoused as libertarian views:

    1) A libertarian society would be optimal for prosperity.
    2) Prosperity is nice, but it isn’t really the government’s role. The government should only ensure fair play and libertarian policies are optimally fair.
    3) Some men were born to rule and others were born to serve and a libertarian government is optimal for letting the natural order assert itself.

    Many libertarians don’t seem to notice the distinction.

    I’d add that a lot of the home school crowd doesn’t support North’s more theocraatic views, but they support him anyway because they see him as a basically good guy who sometimes goes to far, much like how the same people kept buying Bob Jones University’d homeschool curriculum even though very few of them support BJU’s ban on interracial dating.

  10. Scr... Archivist says

    Have any of these Christian Reconstructionists ever published their ideal draft constitution for the United States? I’d really love to read it, to see in detail how Biblical government would be organized.

    Has anyone ever come across such a thing?

  11. gorgias says

    This is probably why so many members of the religious right make so much panicked rhetoric about how the left are “fascists” who want to establish a left-wing dictatorship; because to them, all this rhetoric about freedom of speech and religion is just a cover for their ultimate agenda to establish complete control over society. To them, the democratic process is merely a polite way to seize control of power. So naturally, they assume their opposition intends to do the same, that all of our talk about equality and freedom are actually disguising our true intentions.

  12. kantalope says

    I’m gonna have to disagree with Raven @9 – they just need to go one ‘other’ group at a time and no one will raise a fuss.

    At first just go after the gays;
    then maybe just Mormons – unless you live in Utah or Idaho who’s gonna care;
    or maybe just Scientologists – not many of them and some of them are kinda weird;
    then get the Jehovah’s Witnesses
    Mushy Protestants
    just go down the list…as long as you keep the killins in private (even the Saudis try to keep the stonings under wraps) and as long as most people figure this won’t effect them and the price of objecting is kept very high – they won’t object. And then suddenly you are living in 1984 Evangelical Style.

  13. naturalcynic says

    How many 54 year old children will get stoned for cursing their 84 year old fathers and mothers with dementia?

  14. says

    Gary North is a theonomist. Theonomy has been critiqued by Reformed theologians in a book called “Theonomy: A Reformed Critique. I wouldn’t call Gary North’s worldviews mainstream Protestantism, Calvinism, or even Reformed thought.

    I’m not a fan of Gary North, but I’m open to what the Ron Paul curriculum has to offer. Ron Paul has never struck me as a theocrat. I’ve heard him actually criticize his political opponents for sounding theocratic.

    Even though I have a distaste for Gary North, I agree with him on accreditation.

  15. raven says

    Have any of these Christian Reconstructionists ever published their ideal draft constitution for the United States? I’d really love to read it, to see in detail how Biblical government would be organized.

    Has anyone ever come across such a thing?

    Rushdooney is the founder of xian Dominionism, which is basically Reconstructionism.

    Rousas John Rushdoony – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rousas_John_Rushdoony

    His daughter Sharon married Gary North, a Christian Reconstructionist writer and economic historian. Rushdoony’s only son, the Rev. Mark R. Rushdoony, is the …

    Gary North is married to his daughter.

    Rushdooney was the only original theologian and thinker of the fundie xians. He was also a psycopath and a wannabe genocidal maniac. Rather telling isn’t it? These people aren’t hiding anything.

    As to a constitution, surely, you have heard of Google, the search engine. Use it.

    I don’t think they’ve gotten too far past the multi-megadeath stage. It’s going to take a lot of rocks to slaughter 297 million people. Rocks are, of course, recyclable. But being green is a satanic plot so they might just did up part of Texas or something.

  16. raven says

    some christofascist:

    I’m not a fan of Gary North, but I’m open to what the Ron Paul curriculum has to offer.

    Hate, lies, and hypocrisy. Along with a huge dose of mass murder.

  17. raven says

    BTW, that megadeath figure for Gary North and the Dominionist’s future plans is calculated from their own writings. One such is below with the source.

    A lot of fundie xian leaders are sociopaths and psychopaths.

    While they want to slaughter 297 million Americans, I’m sure those 297 million Americans have other ideas about how long they want to live.

    bcseweb.org Rushdooney:
    Our list may not be perfect but it seems to cover those “crimes” against the family that are inferred by Rushdoony’s statement to Moyers. The real frightening side of it is the interpretation of heresy, apostasy and idolatry. Rushdoony’s position seems to suggest that he would have anyone killed who disagreed with his religious opinions. That represents all but a tiny minority of people. Add to that death penalties for what is quite legal, blasphemy, not getting on with parents and working on a Sunday means that it the fantasy ideal world of Rushdoony and his pals, there will be an awful lot of mass murderers and amongst a tiny population.

    We have done figures for the UK which suggest that around 99% of the population would end up dead and the remainder would have each, on average, killed 500 fellow citizens.

    Chalcedon foundation bsceweb.org. Stoning disobedient children to death.Contempt for Parental Authority: Those who consider death as a horrible punishment here must realise that in such a case as
    ….cut for length
    Rev. William Einwechter, “Modern Issues in Biblical Perspective: Stoning Disobedient Children”, The Chalcedon Report, January 1999

  18. says

    Raven, I’ll save you some time with google and wikipedia.

    A variety of Christians hold to the doctrine of Two Kingdoms. It’s helpful for you to understand what that is, in comparison to what Gary North believes.

    James Madison appears to believe that Luther’s doctrine of Two Kingdoms was instrumental in the formation of the American view of relationship between church and state.

    Madison is an important person regarding this topic.

    You can see James Madison’s letter to F.L. Schaeffer in 1821.

    “It is a pleasing and persuasive example of pious zeal, united with pure benevolence and of a cordial attachment to a particular creed, untinctured with sectarian illiberality. It illustrates the excellence of a system which, by a due distinction, to which the genius and courage of Luther led the way, between what is due to Caesar and what is due God, best promotes the discharge of both obligations. The experience of the United States is a happy disproof of the error so long rooted in the unenlightened minds of well-meaning Christians, as well as in the corrupt hearts of persecuting usurpers, that without a legal incorporation of religious and civil polity, neither could be supported. A mutual independence is found most friendly to practical Religion, to social harmony, and to political prosperity.”

    If Ron Paul’s curriculum has a theocratic agenda, please cite specifically where that is? I’d love to know.

  19. says

    While they are cheerfully stoning to death their children, nonvirgin brides, adulterers, false prophets and so on, the neighboring tribes would just walk in and take them over.

    Well, that did happen to the ancient Israelites. Several times, in fact.

    Anyone who thinks Ron Paul is a libertarian is an idiot. Just because he’s named his son Rand, likes pot, and has a few crackpot ideas about economics doesn’t make him a libertarian. He’s always been an unapologetic theocrat. He just prefers that the theocracy be set up at the state level.

  20. iangould says

    Guys, it’s just another con to separate the rubes from their money.

    Like back in the 1990s when he was hawking books on how to take out non-US citizenship to avoid the imminent collapse of the US economy and the ensuing race war.

  21. says

    @22: I don’t think the actual curriculum is out yet, but with Gary North and Tom Woods in charge, it’s pretty clear. Theocracy promotion is what they do. That like saying there’s no evidence a Howard Zinn curriculum will take a positive view of labor.

  22. raven says

    Gary North is one of the founders of xian Dominionism aka Reconstructionism. He used to work for Ron Paul and married Rushdooney’s daughter.

    <blockquote.wikipedia RC:

    On the other hand, Rousas John Rushdoony, wrote in his magnum opus, The Institutes of Biblical Law: "The heresy of democracy has since then worked havoc in church and state … Christianity and democracy are inevitably enemies.", and elsewhere said that "Christianity is completely and radically anti-democratic; it is committed to spiritual aristocracy," and characterized democracy as "the great love of the failures and cowards of life." [12] He nevertheless repeatedly expressed his opposition to any sort of violent revolution and advocated instead the gradual reformation (often termed "regeneration" in his writings) of society from the bottom up, beginning with the individual and family and from there gradually reforming other spheres of authority including the church and the state.[13]

    Under such a system, the list of civil crimes which carried a death sentence would include homosexuality, adultery, incest, lying about one’s virginity, bestiality, witchcraft, idolatry or apostasy, public blasphemy, false prophesying, kidnapping, rape, and bearing false witness in a capital case.[14]

    Rushdooney, whose daughter is married to Gary North, called democracy a heresy. “Christianity and democracy are inevitably enemies.”, and elsewhere said that “Christianity is completely and radically anti-democratic;

    These people aren’t real big fans of democracy. They are strong supporters of auto-genocide and megadeath mass murders.

    If xianity isn’t compatible with democracy, I don’t see a problem. Xianity can shrink itself down until it is small enough to go drown in the bathtub. Which is happening right now.

  23. raven says

    Borked the blockquote. Once again.

    Gary North is one of the founders of xian Dominionism aka Reconstructionism. He used to work for Ron Paul and married Rushdooney’s daughter.

    .wikipedia RC:

    On the other hand, Rousas John Rushdoony, wrote in his magnum opus, The Institutes of Biblical Law: “The heresy of democracy has since then worked havoc in church and state … Christianity and democracy are inevitably enemies.”, and elsewhere said that “Christianity is completely and radically anti-democratic; it is committed to spiritual aristocracy,” and characterized democracy as “the great love of the failures and cowards of life.” [12] He nevertheless repeatedly expressed his opposition to any sort of violent revolution and advocated instead the gradual reformation (often termed “regeneration” in his writings) of society from the bottom up, beginning with the individual and family and from there gradually reforming other spheres of authority including the church and the state.[13]

    Under such a system, the list of civil crimes which carried a death sentence would include homosexuality, adultery, incest, lying about one’s virginity, bestiality, witchcraft, idolatry or apostasy, public blasphemy, false prophesying, kidnapping, rape, and bearing false witness in a capital case.[14]

    Rushdooney, whose daughter is married to Gary North, called democracy a heresy. “Christianity and democracy are inevitably enemies.”, and elsewhere said that “Christianity is completely and radically anti-democratic;

    These people aren’t real big fans of democracy. They are strong supporters of auto-genocide and megadeath mass murders.

    If xianity isn’t compatible with democracy, I don’t see a problem. Xianity can shrink itself down until it is small enough to go drown in the bathtub. Which is happening right now.

  24. martinc says

    stever @ 6:

    Having declared yourself an enemy of the Constitution, how could you take the oath of office in good faith?

    I’m not at all convinced about this idea (which also arose with the North Carolina “establish a state religion” thread). Lobbying to change the Constitution is not the same as failing to uphold it. I’d hate to think that all politicians were required to endorse every idea in the Constitution.

  25. says

    martinc:

    I don’t think that steve@6 is talking about that. I think that he’s referring to the KKKristianist penchant for placing GOD before country–which for public officials is expressly prohibited by the Constitution.

    Bryan Casteleman:

    Ron Paul is a piece-of-shit racist and a fucking liar. Those who support him are idiots or fellow conmen.

  26. says

    Ron Paul is the Krusty The Clown of former politicians, putting his name on such shoddy products as racist newsletters and theocratic homeschooling curricula.

  27. says

    the genius and courage of Luther

    Martin Luther, the anti-semitic nihilist?* A courageous genius? He only looks good in comparison with the odious Leo.

    (* Luther’s use of skeptical tropes to challenge papal authority doesn’t simply undercut papal authority, it undercuts all epistemology. But Luther wasn’t enough of a philosopher to know what he was unleashing.)

  28. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @19. raven :

    Gary North is married to his daughter.

    Wait that can’t be legal can it!

  29. yoav says

    And if he’s ever called out on it we would surely find out that the section of North and the endorsement of theocracy were all done by the same stuffer who wrote these newsletters, Ron Paul never knew about, back in the 90’s.

  30. raven says

    all done by the same stuffer who wrote these newsletters,

    Could be. Could be Gary North.

    Gary North used to be a staffer in Ron Paul’s office.

  31. kfreed says

    Right, the “civil libertarian” non-racist Ron Paul…with the life-long Christiian Reconstructionist connections:

    “6 Rights You Could [Have Lost] Under President Ron Paul”
    http://civilliberty.about.com/od/profiles/tp/6-Rights-Lost-Under-Ron-Paul.htm

    “Ron Paul Curriculum Launched by Reconstructionist Gary North and Neo-Confederate Thomas Woods”
    http://www.talk2action.org/story/2013/4/9/124434/9216

    Not to worry, though… you’ll still be able to vote for Ron’s fundamentalist offspring, Ayn Theocrat Rand, in 2016.

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