Members of the Glenn Beck-inspired 9/12 Project have set up a Vacation Liberty School in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The C-J visited the class:

On Monday, the first night of Vacation Liberty School, the basement of the church was converted into a tyrannical kingdom meant to resemble colonial England where students were told they must suppress their laughter, sit apart from their friends and flawlessly recite “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

Against the urgings of a mock king’s representative, the brave ones ventured through the rugged terrain of a maze of upside-down tables discovered an adjoining room with all the luxuries of the New World. There they could play basketball, toss beanbags and ride a teeter-totter while being showered with confetti as Neil Diamond’s “Coming To America” blared over the speakers.

The school’s founders say it’s an answer to the liberal influence they see in public schools. But if this is a political school in a church, there could be trouble.

Joe Conn, a spokesman for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, isn’t so sure [the school isn’t indoctrinating politics]. A news release announcing the school referenced the tea party, leading him to believe that if the Vacation Liberty School isn’t crossing the line into politics, it’s coming close.

“All Americans want kids to learn about the government and political system,” he said. “It’s something quite different when kids are being indoctrinated in church in one political tradition. That’s quite different from learning objectively and academically about civics.”

He cautions Gano Baptist could risk losing its tax-exempt status if explicit political lessons are being taught in a church setting.

But the Rev. Wayne Lipscomb, the pastor there, says he had no political motivations for allowing the classes to be held without a rental fee. Tickets were distributed online for free.

“I think our kids need to know about the Founding Fathers and they need to understand the connection between God and the Founding Fathers,” he said. “They don’t need to hear the revisionists’ stories of history.”

Religion as it relates to the founding fathers is a touch subject, to say the least. It’s one of those all-too-common times when historical interpretation splits on party lines, and colonial history especially divisive right now. Maybe we’ll see new interpretations of Thomas Paine‘s Age of Reason.

Advertisements