There is a lot of misunderstanding, and misinformation, regarding the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers, liberty, and Freedom of Religion. Hillsdale College has been offering online courses that explain the vision of the Founders, the vision of the Liberals and Progressives, and where we are today versus where we began.
If the government is standing in the way of your relationship with God, it is standing in the way of the most important aspect of your life. You need to understand that, and you need to educate yourself. These courses should be important to anyone who cherishes their freedom to practice their religion as they see fit, free from government interference. In these courses they explain how our government is supposed to work; how it is supposed to support your ability to pursue God as you see fit. While the government is indeed prohibited from establishing a national religion, the vision of the Founding Fathers was that government would promote religion, because pious people are more likely to do what is right, after all, they are held to a standard/law even higher than that of the government. See the Ten Commandments!
While these courses have been available for a while, I finally took the second course, Constitution 201. I had finished 101 last year when it first came out. While I highlight the topic of Freedom of Religion (after all, this is a Christian blog), it is not the only topic. These courses also discuss the Civil War, welfare, freedom of speech, civil rights, and more. The courses are free, and the reading materials are available online for free. Each course is 10 parts with a lecture video of approximately 40 minutes, and a 20 minute Q&A video. There are links for easy access to the readings. Each section has a quiz, and there is a final test. Once you pass the final test, they will send you a very nice certificate.
Economics 101 is the newest course starting in about 3 weeks, so that’s what’s advertised on the home page. You’ll have to sign up to get access to the Constitution courses. Hillsdale does ask for donations, but it is more important to them to education people on these subjects, so you can take the courses even if you can’t provide a donation.
If you’re like me, you’ll be surprised at what the Founders had envisioned for our country, and angered at where it’s at. If you’re like me, maybe you’ll want to share this link with everyone you know.