I’ve been meaning to write about this for a couple of weeks but just haven’t gotten to it. So today’s the day.
As you all know, Hillsdale College has been offering a free Constitution course for the last couple of years. I’m not sure how many of people have taken it but I know it’s into the hundreds of thousands. People are really hungry for the facts and the truth about our founding and our sacred documents – the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
The approach that Hillsdale is taking is one that most of us find comfortable and in common with our own beliefs. God gave us the rights we have – not government. Only God can take them away – government cannot. Government has no rights except those that we confer onto it. And we the people, hire (elect) those people to represent us and our interests. In other words, they work for us.
Seeing the popularity of the Hillsdale course and not to be outdone by a conservative college, PBS has started their own 4 part series on the Constitution, airing throughout May. Of course, it’s a secular approach with no mention of God in the opening statements on rights. Natural rights or common rights but no mention of God given rights.
From PBS. org on the Constitution:
What is a right, and where does it come from? A right is a power or privilege that is recognized by tradition or law. Natural or human rights are inherent to human nature; they are not given by government, but neither does government always protect them.
PC police on parade at PBS. (Man, I love alliteration!)
No mention of God at all. But there are (if my memory serves me) 4 references to God in the Declaration of Independence. I still believe, maybe erroneously and maybe not, that most Americans believe in God and believe in the uniqueness and exceptionalism of our nation. And we believe that because of our strong belief in a higher power.
Who will win the battle for the Constitution? Will it be the God-loving conservatives or the secular and relative moralists on the left? I intend to watch this series just so I can see what we are up against.