Liberal presidential candidates increasingly are using scripture to justify their socialist policies. Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, and Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, have started a new think tank to counter this viewpoint.
The goal of the Falkirk Center for Faith and Liberty is to “play offense” against leftists and stop the dilution of Judeo-Christian principles in the Bible and Constitution in their quest to build socialist support for a larger government, according to the Washington Times.
“The fastest-growing religion in America is atheism and secularism, and with that is the rise of leftism and statism and, as people veer away from the church and veer away from the Judeo-Christian values that built our country, people are more likely to embrace statism,” Falwell said. “We’re in a culture battle right now where you have to fight and play offense, and part of this effort is to try and play offense against the secular left.”
The Liberty center hopes to respond to the question of whether Jesus was a socialist, Kirk said.
“It’s sort of sad that we have to do something like this,” he said. “ It’s a free service to the public. But it’s just to provide basic education to the public on American history, because so many universities have become liberal indoctrination camps and the public schools have not taught U.S. history in so long.
“Young people don’t understand it; the whole idea of the American experiment was based on the Judeo-Christian ethic, was based on the idea of free enterprise, limited government, and the idea that all of our rights come from our Creator, not from government, not from a church.”
The Falkirk Center for Faith and Liberty is being launched amid a documented decline in identification with the Christian faith among the young, alongside a concurrent rise in affinity for socialism. Recent data also show a notable dislike for church involvement in the political sphere. In a Pew survey published in November, 63 percent of respondents said they wanted religious groups to keep out of political matters, and 76 percent opposed churches endorsing political candidates.
–By Alan Goforth | Metro Voice