Thursday, June 02, 2011

Falwell's Law

by Edd Doerr

Liberty University, founded by the late televangelist and "Moral Majority" honcho Jerry Falwell, actually has a law school to prepare attorneys to serve the interests of the Religious Right. One of the law profs is Cynthia Dunbar, until recently one of the extreme conservatives on the Texas State Board of Education. Following are several of the required reading books for the "Foundations of Law I course she teaches with a fellow prof named Lindevaldsen ---

Rousas Rushdoony (founder of the ultrafundamentalist Reconstructionism movement) -- This Independent Republic

Greg L. Bahnsen -- By This Standard: The Authority of God's Law Today

C.S. Lewis -- Mere Christianity

Francis A. Schaeffer -- A Christian Manifesto (a bizarre attack on secular humanism; the dumbest book I have ever read)

David Barton -- Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, & Religion (see my comment on this blog about this faux historian)

(Liberty students are NOT encouraged to read such stuff as Leo Pfeffer's magisterial book Church, State and Freedom (Beacon Press) or Robert Alley's The Constitution & Religion: Leading Supreme Court Cases on Church and State (Prometheus Books.)


lucette said...

"So many little time"
source: Politics and Prose Bookstore, I think.

Don Wharton said...

Rushdoony is the most loathsome of the authors on this list. Some quote from Wikipedia:

Rushdoony supported the reinstatement of the Mosaic law's penal sanctions. 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.

The (Rushdooney's) book was also critical of democracy. He wrote that "the heresy of democracy has since then worked havoc in church and state ... Christianity and democracy are inevitably enemies." He 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."

rwahrens said...

Actually, Don, regarding Christianity being antithetical to democracy, he is right. Christianity is everywhere devoted to a dictatorship of the clergy, and a close reading of the Ten Commandments reveals that the majority of them support that view. If he closely supports this, he is a rare bird that will be honest about it. One more reason why the Ten Commandments are NOT at the basis of American law!

lucette said...

Falwell pales in comparison with the "Holy See" and its current absolute ruler:

I will send you a copy if you have any trouble accessing this pearl.

lucette said...

Just checking if I am still able to comment...

Don Wharton said...

@Lucette Thanks for the link on concordatwatch. I did not know that the "Holy See" was playing those sleazy games.