Sunday, November 21, 2004

Falwell's school joins others in teaching law to their flocks

The LA Times viaThe Smirking Chimp

Want to see the next step in the takeover of secular society by th religious right? Welcome to the new law school at Liberty University, a Baptist college founded in 1971 by the Rev. Jerry Falwell. It is small so far, but if they can re-write science, the law should be a piece of cake. teaching law from a Christian perspective, Falwell hopes to train a cadre of Christian lawyers to fight what he sees as the growing secularization of public life across the country.

And the school plans to offer select students hands-on experience with a law firm that takes on constitutional issues. That would occur when Liberty Counsel, a legal organization in Orlando, Fla., that focuses on cases involving religion and traditional values, moves its legislative arm to the campus.

Best known for establishing in 1979 the Moral Majority, one of the first evangelical efforts to affect political discourse, Falwell sees the law school as an extension of his mission.

"We certainly are training Christian activists," Falwell, who this month announced the creation of a 21st century version of the Moral Majority that aims to re-energize religious conservatives, said in an interview last week. "We're turning their attention to understand the Bible is the infallible word of God, that the American Constitution is a sacred document and that the Christian worldview is their matrix of service."

"Re-engergize?" I guess flagging energy is a real problem when you are winning a blow-out.


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