Monday, April 29, 2013

Gary North: The ‘Paleo-Libertarian’ Taliban Writing Ron Paul’s Curriculum

From the Skeptical Libertarian Blog:

Let this serve as a warning to the libertarian and Christian homeschooling communities: Gary North, the man who is writing and publishing the “Ron Paul Curriculum,” is certifiably nuts. North subscribes to an ultra-ultra-fundamentalist religious ideology called “Christian Reconstructionism,” which aspires to establish a global Christian theocracy and reinstitute all of Old Testament law. I am not exaggerating.

North has been quite explicit about this in the past, and he laid out his ultimate goals in an article in Christianity and Civilizationwhich you can find on his website:
Everyone talks about religious liberty, but no one believes it. So let us be blunt about it: we must use the doctrine of religious liberty to gain independence for Christian schools until we train up a generation of people who know that there is no religious neutrality, no neutral law, no neutral education, and no neutral civil government. Then they will get busy in constructing a Bible-based social, political, and religious order which finally denies the religious liberty of the enemies of God.

After using homeschooling and Christian schools to indoctrinate an army of fundamentalists ready to abolish secular government, what sort of state does North advocate putting in its place? Not to put too fine a point on it, but the Taliban have probably come closest to North’s ideal Christian government.  Walter Olson summarized people who can expect to die under the Reconstructionist regime:

Those who would face execution include not only gays but a very long list of others: blasphemers, heretics, apostate Christians, people who cursed or struck their parents, females guilty of “unchastity before marriage,” “incorrigible” juvenile delinquents, adulterers, and (probably) telephone psychics. And that’s to say nothing of murderers and those guilty of raping married women or “betrothed virgins.” Adulterers, among others, might meet their doom by being publicly stoned…
Say what? Children should be killed? According to North, this isn’t just acceptable, it’s mandatory.In his book The Sinai Strategy*he writes:
When people curse their parents, it unquestionably is a capital crime (Ex. 21:17). The son or daughter is under the lawful jurisdiction of the family. The integrity of the family must be maintained by the threat of death.
North is an enthusiastic promoter of public and communal executions by hurling rocks at people until their brains are bashed in and their bodies lie battered to a pulp. North explains:
Why stoning? There are many reasons. First, the implements of execution are available to everyone at virtually no cost. Second, no one blow can be traced to any person. In other words, no one citizen can regard himself as “the executioner,” the sole cause of another man’s death. Psychologically, this is important; it relieves potential guilt problems in the mind of a sensitive person.
… Those who abstain from the “dirty business” of enforcing God’s law have a tendency to elevate their behavior as being more moral than the executioner’s, where in point of fact such abstention is itself immoral. … Executions are community projects–not with spectators who watch a professional executioner do `his’ duty, but rather with actual participants. 
Translation: “First, it’s cheap, and with so many people to kill, you’ll need to be economical. Second, if you’re ‘sensitive’ about the prospect of beating a child to death with a rock, it’s really better to do it as part of a group, so you don’t feel ‘guilty’ (Ha! As if!) about doing God’s ‘dirty business.’ Those stuck-up humanists think they’re better than us infanticidal lunatics, but we know it would be wrong not to participate in gruesome and ritualistic murder! But most importantly, have fun–executing blasphemers is really about bringing the whole community together.”

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