The Christian fundamentalism behind Ron Paul’s home-schooling curriculum

Sarah Posner
April 2013

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

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The Tea Party godfather has always enjoyed a devoted following of home-schoolers, a relatively quiet segment of the Paul coalition that frequently has flown under the media’s radar. After all, one-time Republican candidates better known for their hyper-competitive citation of the Bible, like Mike Huckabee, Michele Bachmann, or Rick Santorum, make a much bigger spectacle of their support from advocates of shielding your kids from the evils of secular public school education.

While Paul’s dedication to the home-schooling cause is emblematic of his widely known views of limited government, the “Ron Paul Curriculum” reveals the far-reaching nature of his religious beliefs.

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.

When they talk about government tyranny, they’re not just talking about statutes and regulations: they’re talking about supreme court case law, too. Paul, for example, believes that Roe v Wade is illegitimate, and that states should be able to criminalize abortion, regardless of what the supreme court has to say.

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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http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/apr/12/christian-fundamentalism-ron-paul-homeschooling

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