Monica Goodling, Pat Robertson, and the Seperation of Church and State

Monica Goodling, senior counsel to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, resigned Friday without word. She was a rising star in the administration, one among many who are graduates of Pat Robertson’s Law School.

From Slate

Goodling is only one of 150 graduates of Regent University currently serving in this administration, as Regent’s Web site proclaims proudly, a huge number for a 29-year-old school. Regent estimates that “approximately one out of every six Regent alumni is employed in some form of government work.” And that’s precisely what its founder desired. The school’s motto is “Christian Leadership To Change the World,” and the world seems to be changing apace. Former Attorney General John Ashcroft teaches at Regent, and graduates have achieved senior positions in the Bush administration. The express goal is not only to tear down the wall between church and state in America (a “lie of the left,” according to Robertson) but also to enmesh the two.

And about Ashcroft:

One of Ashcroft’s most profound changes was to the Civil Rights Division, launched in 1957 to file cases on behalf of African-Americans and women. Under Ashcroft, career lawyers were systematically fired or forced out and replaced by members of conservative or Christian groups or folks with no civil rights experience. In the five years after 2001, the civil rights division brought no voting cases on behalf of African-Americans. It brought one employment case on behalf of an African-American. Instead, the division took up the “civil rights” abuses of reverse discrimination—claims of voter fraud or discrimination against Christians. On Feb. 20, Gonzales announced a new initiative called the First Freedom Project to carry out “even greater enforcement of religious rights for all Americans.” In his view, the fight for a student’s right to read a Bible at school is as urgent a civil rights problem as the right to vote. 

It has been said, the biggest trick the devil ever pulled, was convincing the world he didn’t exist. For most, it is hard to fathom that the christian right has really dug this deep into our system, and that they have caused so much harm to it. But, they have, and they will continue to. Our nation is not immune to the type of internal destruction that fell Rome. If we are not careful, history will repeat itself.

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