I was on my friend Jeremiah Bannister’s Paleoradio show this week talking about Gary North being in charge of developing the Ron Paul Curriculum, to be used primarily by homeschoolers, and he brought up a very interesting question? How are they going to treat the question of America’s founding and Christianity?
It’s an interesting question because North has long been at odds with the dominant conservative Christian view on this. He wrote a book called Conspiracy in Philadelphia, in which he denies the David Barton position that America was founded as a Christian nation and argues that the Constitution was an explicitly godless document that destroyed the nation’s covenant with God. In fact, he says it was a coup d’etat and part of a plot involving the Freemasons and Enlightenment philosophers.
This new covenant meant a new god. The ratification of the United States Constitution in 1787–88 was not an act of covenant renewal. It was an act of covenant-breaking: the substitution of a new covenant in the name of a new god. This was not understood at the time, but it has been understood by the humanists who have written the story of the Constitution. Nevertheless, they have not presented the history of the Constitutional Convention as a deception that was produced by a conspiracy…
They have argued that there was no deception, that America is still a Christian nation, that the Constitution “in principle” was and remains a Christian document, and it is only the nefarious work of the U.S. Supreme Court and the American Civil Liberties Union that has stripped the Constitution of its original Christian character. There is no greater deception than one which continues to deceive the victims, over two centuries after the deed was done.
So when they get around to writing a history or government book, will this be the stance taken on such questions? That would be strongly at odds with the overwhelming majority of the homeschooling community and with most conservative Christians as well.
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