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Sun Apr 14, 2013, 12:34 PM

41. The Christian fundamentalism behind Ron Paul's home-schooling curriculum

Do supporters of the small-government libertarian realise how wedded Paul is to a rigidly dogmatic religious conservatism?

Former Representative Ron Paul's announcement this week of the upcoming launch of his eponymous home-schooling curriculum makes clear that the end of his career as a gadfly Republican presidential candidate does not spell the end of his role at the helm of a movement aimed at transforming the way Americans think about government and God.
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Paul's advocacy of home-schooling is not just about getting kids out of what home-schoolers disparagingly call "government schools". It's not just about teaching them that government should be small and largely inconsequential. It's based on the idea that the government is largely illegitimate, and that one must create a society in which the populace will follow "moral" (that is, biblical) laws, rather than the laws created by an overzealous, tyrannical government.
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Paul's new director of curriculum development is Gary North, the son-in-law of Christian Reconstructionism founder RJ Rushdoony. Reconstructionism is a movement based on the claim that God granted only limited "jurisdiction" to government, and that biblical law should supplant civil law in all but a handful of circumstances.
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North has described his late father-in-law's 1963 book, The Messianic Character of American Education, as "a highly condensed, thoroughly documented, and theologically astute critique of the educational philosophies of over two dozen of the major founders and philosophers of American progressive education, from Horace Mann to John Dewey. Nothing like it had ever been published before, and nothing equal to it has been published since." A leading architect of a Reconstructionist view of economics and a former congressional staffer to Paul North says in an introductory video on the Ron Paul curriculum website that it will "teach the biblical principle of self-government and personal responsibility".

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/12/christian-fundamentalism-ron-paul-homeschooling


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