This new center at Liberty University, which is designed to promote a Christian nationalist view of the United States, has now chosen its first group of “Falkirk Fellows.” They are:
Erika Lane Frantzve: She was Miss Arizona USA. I am not sure what qualifies her as a “fellow” at a think tank.
Josh Allen Murray: He apparently was a winner on the ABC reality show “The Bachelorette.”
Antonia Okafor Cover: She runs a non-profit organization that teaches women how to use guns and advocate for their Second Amendment rights.
David Harris Jr.: He is the author of a book titled Why I Couldn’t Stay Silent: One Man’s Battle as a Black Conservative
Jaco Boovens: Runs a film company
I am sure all of these people are good Christians and generally nice people with some degree of influence in their given professions, but if these are the five inaugural “fellows” of the Falkirk Center I would probably stop calling it a think tank.
The bottom line is this: no serious Christian intellectual would sign-up to work in such a think tank because it is built on a faulty view of the American founding and its implications for contemporary American life.
There will also be 60 “ambassadors” who “have joined the project to educate high school and college-age students about the “inseparable intersection of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and American first freedoms and liberties.”
“Inseparable?” I think it’s time for a third edition of Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction.
Learn more at the Lynchburg News & Advance.
ADDENDUM: After I published this post I came across a similar one from Adam Laats. Read it here.