Teaching students the truth about America and its godly heritage is the goal of one summer training session for men and woman ages 18 to 25, and this training is helping many progressive professors see the light when it comes to the underpinnings of the United States.
The training session is hosted by Wallbuilders, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is "dedicated to presenting America's forgotten history and heroes, with [an] emphasis on the moral, religious and constitutional foundation on which America was built."
For two weeks, the training session takes students entering college, in college, or involved in post-graduate studies through a series of discussions getting young adults back to the basics, including biblical worldview, historical truth. and the U.S. Constitution.
Wallbuilders founder David Barton told American Family Radio (AFR) that the youngest generation of Christian adults need to be grounded in the fundamentals and come face-to-face with them.
"Because we own so many tens of thousands of original artifacts and documents, we let those kids actually hold those things," Barton told AFR's Today's Issues this week. "As we talk about what they're going to hear about black history or what they're going to hear about religion or morality, etc., we let them actually hold the things that usually are at the center of debate. So when the professor pops off and says something – whatever it may be – they say, 'No, no, no, I actually held that – I know what you're saying is not right.'"
Barton added that some students have successfully persuaded their professors' opinions as a result of attending his sessions.
"It's not confrontational or rude," Barton assured. "We don't do what the other side is doing to Trump officials right now – we just simply ask questions, and it boxes those professors into a way of thinking that they've not considered, and we literally have seen professors completely change as a result."
The third and final session of Leadership Training at Wallbuilders runs from July 9–20.
242 years ... and counting
Speaking to OneNewsNow on the eve of the Fourth of July, Barton said he'd like to set the record straight: the freedoms afforded under America's founding documents validate the claims that the U.S. is the best nation on earth. The trend among some young Americans who have the freedom to speak ill of that claim as being "egotistical" and/or inaccurate, he says, can be challenged in part with statistics that prove otherwise.
"Our four percent of the world's population every year produces more inventions, more creativity, more medical cures, more discoveries than the other 96 percent of the world," he pointed out.
And contrary to reports from liberal media outlets and academics, the country was not founded by a bunch of slave-owning racists, he argued. "Once we separated from Great Britain, then you find that three out of four Founding Fathers released slaves, freed slaves, started abolitionist societies, went on to crusade against slavery," he offered as examples.
And according to Barton, the freedoms that make America the greatest country – not only in the world, but in history – are because of one remarkable document.
"The average length of a governing document in the history of the world is 17 years," he explained. "We have 242 years under the same piece of paper. I'm kind of proud that we don't have a revolution every 17 years or so like the rest of the world."
Editor's note: Section titled "242 years ... and counting" added after story was originally posted.