To The Editor:
Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul has launched a new online curriculum for homeschools.
The website is well-designed, attractive and he even offers the kindergarten through five courses for free. The scary part is the man he has named as director of curriculum development, Gary North.
North is not a professional educator. He is a leading theorist of Christian Reconstructionism, a radical movement that denounces democracy and wants to impose a draconian version of Old Testament biblical law that prescribes the death penalty for gays, adulterers, blasphemers, witches and incorrigible children, among others.
North has advocated stoning as the biblically preferred method of execution, stones being widely available to everyone at virtually no cost and execution becomes a community affair so that no one person need feel guilty. Does this seem like a Christian attitude?
North is the son-in-law of Rousas J. Rushdoony, who founded the modern Christian Reconstructionist movement in the 1960s though the thinking traces back through the centuries, sort of a hyper-Calvinist theology. He seems to have made the pragmatic decision to tone down his radical views in exchange for the national soapbox the Paul curriculum gives him. Beware of the subtle bits and pieces of his philosophy that will no doubt sneak in with the curriculum over time.