Vision Forum and “Historical Revisionism”

HA note: The following is reprinted with permission from Libby Anne’s blog Love Joy Feminism. It was originally published on Patheos on June 15, 2013.

American history today isn’t what it once was. There was a time when American history privileged the white, the wealthy, and the Christian, and ignored the stories of marginalized, the complexities of events like the American Revolution, and the genocide of the Native American population. This has changed, and universities today tell the stories of the marginalized and challenge traditional black and white patriotic narratives.Not everyone is happy with this, however:

Are you and your children equipped to defend America’s godly heritage against today’s fierce onslaught of historical revisionism? To help address this need, Vision Forum Ministries is pleased to announce the History of America Mega-Conference, an exciting five-day event to be held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Join a faculty of distinguished scholars and thinkers delivering more than fifty stirring lectures on a host of topics concerning America’s past—all from a distinctively Christian worldview.

What all will the conference cover?

This conference will offer the most comprehensive overview of our nation’s history that we’ve ever given to date. Over five days, you’ll receive a thorough and biblically-sound examination of America’s past that you’ll search in vain to find in today’s college classroom. The academically-potent lectures will span four centuries — it’s an American history crash-course you won’t find anywhere else.

Antagonists to the Christian faith are stealing our history, and it’s time we take it back. The engaging messages given at this conference will arm your family with the truth to combat the lies of the Left — to have a sure foundation for the 21st century.

Were our Founding Fathers Deists? How should we view our government’s treatment of American Indians? What are we to make of the War Between the States? These and other raging controversies will be answered.

Here’s the video promo, complete with lots of shots in costume:

There are more videos here, most of which I have not yet watched.

Did I mention that Vision Forum only sells grey civil war cap, and not a blue one? Or that their description of a Civil War history tour is a bit, well, one-sided? And then of course there’s this picture of Doug Phillips’ son posing in front of a monument to the founder of the KKK and the racist blackface knickknack in the Phillips’ home. The most blatant, of course, is the fact that Vision Forum sells books by Robert Lewis Dabney, describing the nineteenth century southern theologian known for his racism and his influence in the post—Civil War South in glowing terms.

In an anthropological sense I think it would be fascinating to be a fly on the wall at Vision Forum’s upcoming History Mythology of America Mega-Conference, but at the same time when I think about what it is they’re teaching, and to a willing audience, I’m absolutely appalled.

5 comments

  • Headless Unicorn Guy

    Antagonists to the Christian faith are stealing our history, and it’s time we take it back. The engaging messages given at this conference will arm your family with the truth to combat the lies of the Left — to have a sure foundation for the 21st century.

    This sounds like a Grievance Culture that’s also into Grand Unified Conspiracy Theory.

    A Grievance Culture is a culture whose only reason for existence is Revenge on the Other. It consists of three axioms:
    1) “Once WE were Lords of All Creation, and Everything Was Perfect.”
    2) “But then THEY came and took it all away from Us.”
    3) “PAYBACK TIME!!!!!”

    Were our Founding Fathers Deists? How should we view our government’s treatment of American Indians? What are we to make of the War Between the States?

    Note that “War Between the States” is a near-exclusive CONFEDERATE term for the American Civil War. Given Doug Wilson’s idolatry of the CSA (and its Peculiar Institution regarding Animate Property) as the last Truly Godly American Society, I am surprised they didn’t call it “War of Yankee Aggression.”

  • Looks like the images references at the end of the article were taken offline…

  • For what it’s worth, I’ll be infiltrating the History of America Mega-Conference in July and reporting on the event at my blog. I feel a mix of curiosity and dread at how Vision Forum will warp American history.

  • The “blackface knicknack” was determined by bloggers who had actually visited the Phillips home to be a “frog butler”. Not quite racist, unless you believe that the very role of serving is somehow racially demeaning.

    I agree that the historical perspective VF promotes is just as revisionist as what they’re reacting against. Let’s just get our facts straight.

  • Pingback: Rewriting History — The History of America Mega-Conference: Part One, First Impressions | H • A

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