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Tim

Ignorance is bliss, and PHC is working to ensure a blissful future.

Takes12Know

Wish you wouldn't use "madrassa" that way. It just means "school" in Arabic.

starskeptic

"It just means "school" in Arabic."
-- tell that to the right-wing loons who need to hear it; it was used purposely to reflect back at them.

Andrew

I don't see what the controversy is. These students are taught to live by their religion in accordance with the principles they profess. If we were talking about a muslim school, this article wouldn't even have been written. Instead,we blasting a private school with apparently excellent conservative education that teaches students to live by the principles of their religion.

David

These students are not looking to retreat to monastery or bible school to practice their faith. Rather, their mission is impose their Taliban-like beliefs on the entire nation.

Kaitlin

This school is less than an hour outside DC so I know for a fact that the students come into contact with all sorts of people of all religions, skin colors, backgrounds, etc.
Also, while a majority were homeschooled, they most certainly werent "all homeschooled by fundamentalist christian parents". I've met many of the students and honestly they are more intelligent and varied than any of the kids I went to college with. This article is ridiculous and embarrassing that it is written by a former college instructor. The facts are all so wrong. So silly.
These students are graduating and getting jobs all over DC and the united states with their top tier education. Don't you think they would be jobless or only working in extremist organizations if any of this is true?

David

"Top-tier education" - what a joke!

I'd love to see the science curriculum.

John Bush

PHC scores unbelievably high relative to other colleges in math, english, and science.

I'm a homeschooler, and I can tell you with some degree of credibility that the things you caricture homeschooling with are not true. I have of course come into contact with Muslims, gays, Atheists, African-Americans and so on. Heck, I LIVE in Africa.

I wouldn't say that the UN is doing Satan's work. I don't believe God has a special contract with America.

You also have your facts completely wrong about their statements of belief. First, students don't have to agree with this statement, just faculty and other college employees. Second, they don't mandate a young-earth, just that you don't believe in theistic evolution. Finally, nobody would say that dissent is un-Christian, least of all them.

And I want to go to this college. Many of my friends go there. Stop resorting to ad-hominems, and actually explain why their beliefs are wrong. If they are indeed inaccurate, that shouldn't be difficult.

David

John -

The community of scientists refutes the beliefs of PHC. It is an irrefutable fact that the age of the earth is 4.56 billion years.

Good luck in making your college choices. I hope you will also consider applying to a few accredited liberal arts colleges - of which there are many excellent ones here.

Kyle

Wow, that wasn't a biased article, at all. Start reporting and stop using quotation marks so frequently.

Christians believe that those who don't believe in Christ will be punished eternally. You believe that when you die, you will rot and be eaten by worms. There's a difference in opinion.

I have been homeschooled my entire life. One of my best friends is black, I commonly come in contact with gays, lesbians, muslims, hindus etc. It's not like homeschoolers live in log cabins in the middle of the woods somewhere without any contact with the outside world. From a reporting stand-point, this article is laughable and highly biased.

Also, @David. The Taliban shoots innocent girls for speaking out for female education. Homeschoolers don't. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/world/asia/teen-school-activist-malala-yousafzai-survives-hit-by-pakistani-taliban.html?pagewanted=all

David

"Christians believe that those who don't believe in Christ will be punished eternally."

I am Anglican, I embrace science, reject bigotry, and am repulsed by the belief system put forward by PHC.

I am also an American who believes in the separation of church and state. Evidently - as we saw on Nov. 6 - most Americans share my perspective.

And no, we Anglicans do not believe that non-Christians will be punished eternally.

Sarah

David, you didn't address Kyle's point that your comparison of PHC to the Taliban was ludicrous.

I was not homeschooled. I attended an elementary public school, a private Christian junior high and high school, and two different public community colleges. None of those education arenas gave me opportunity to meet a Muslim, or a homosexual, and honestly, very very few black people. (I lived in a neighborhood that was very white.)

However, my life outside the education buildings gave me ample opportunity to meet all kinds of people including the kind on your list.

Frankly, I thought my own education was extremely limited, which is why I chose to homeschool my own children, who have lived with multiple Asians for short periods of time, Europeans for longer periods of time, and meet people of all backgrounds, religion, and race whenever the opportunity arises. They haven't had much chance to meet homosexuals, but I'm sure they will, and when they do, they will treat them as they have been taught to treat all people, with respect and dignity, and with the understanding that we have different opinions on the teachings of the Bible.

This, sir, is not how the Taliban treat people that disagree with them.

Your article is a joke and a prime example of an agenda much more dangerous than that of PHC.

I have a very good friend who is an extreme left winged liberal and agnostic. She once stood on the UC Davis campus with fellow students, her friends, and listened as they bad mouthed Christians such as you have in this article. She finally asked the group, "How many of you have actually met any right winged conservative Christians?" Silence. "Well, I have, and they are nothing like the biased version of what you are talking about."

(And just to clarify, I have no affiliation with PHC. My college aged children made a purposeful choice not to attend there.)

David

PHC disqualifies itself as an institution of higher learning with its statement on the college's Web site:

"Any biology, Bible, or other courses at PHC dealing with creation will teach creation from the understanding of Scripture that God's creative work, as described in Genesis 1:1-31, was completed in six twenty-four hour days. All faculty for such courses will be chosen on the basis of their personal adherence to this view."

In other words, the faculty must pledge allegiance to ignorance and superstition.

And, like the Taliban, PHC seeks to create a theocracy that would force ignorance and superstition on the entire nation.

Sarah

And you think the secular higher learning institutions present a balanced view in their faculty??

Your bias is embarrassing.

Your link for "theocracy" is missing.

James

This article tells me nothing about PHC or why I should be afraid of it... On the one hand you reference that "Blind obediance to the 'Government' is required - dissent is un-Christian." and then reference that "It is duty to overthrow 'un-Godly' governments."

While I'm not sure if "Obediance" is a German variant on the English "Obedience," these two sentences still don't add up. Should I be afraid that they are counter-revolutionaries or revolutionaries?

After reading the Statement of Biblical Worldview, it sure seems to me like they want to strike a balance between obedience and occasional civil disobedience (much like Martin Luther King Junior).

Thanks for your time!

David

@Sarah,

Yes, I am biased towards science.

There can be on "balance" between science and "creationism" - which is a pseudo-science (also as determined by the US courts of justice).

kelly

So David, are you actually suggesting that the "US courts of justice" somehow have authority to validate something as scientific? Just how would they do that? By stating their opinion? So, what if they opined that evolution never occured. Would that make it true? Would you suddenly embrace this new truth?

kelly

David, sorry, but "community of scientists" do not agree with you. Aparently you are unaware of the thousands of PhD scholars, researchers and published peer-review scientists that are creationists, and many more who secretly believe (but for the sake of their careers, don't make that information known to their universities.) I personally know some and have heard others speak (and have read their books) including geneticist Dr. John Sanford (Cornell University professor who invented the "gene gun",) PhD geologist Steve Austin, and Entomoligist and researcher Jim Bethke of UC Riverside just to name a few.

David

@Kelly - thanks for pointing out that there are charlatans in every field - even in the community of scientists.

99.9% of scientists doing serious research in geology, evolutionary biology, geophysics, etc. reject creationism as a pseudo-science. Are you saying they are all wrong?

Many of the "scientists" promoting creationism have degrees in other fields: psychology, engineering, dentistry, etc.

I urge you to study the ruling on Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District regarding the teaching of "Intelligent Design." It makes for interesting reading!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitzmiller_v._Dover_Area_School_District

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