A Cheer for Warren Throckmorton


I’ve been meaning for some time to tip my hat to Warren Throckmorton, whose eponymous blog (subtitled “A College Psychology Professor’s Observations About Public Policy, Mental Health, Sexual Identity, and Religious Issues”) should be a regular stop on the itinerary of anyone concerned about religion in the public square.

Throckmorton professes at Grove City College, the Christian liberal arts institution north of Pittsburgh whose hard-shell Presbyterian roots are honored these days by a species of hard-heads who reject the federal government’s coin lest they have to render unto Caesar, and who don’t mind spending decades under censure from the American Association of University Professors for failing to meet AAUP standards for tenure and academic freedom. The college has done just fine, however, thanks to ancient connections to the Pew family and, more recently, the beneficence of Templeton.

Throckmorton is no less of a hard head than his colleagues–which has turned him into something of (by Grove standards) a liberal. As a psychologist and counselor, he decided that the conventional conservative Protestant approach to homosexuality leaves a good deal to be desired, and staked out a position well to left of those who presume to make gays straight. This led him over the past couple of years to become the leading bird dog of the Uganda anti-homosexual bill, which continues its undead existence.

Most recently, the good doctor has taken it upon himself to examine the historical revisionism of David Barton. Where card-carrying historians have tended to despair of discrediting Barton in the eyes of his followers, Throckmorton has cast himself into the fray–examining the documents and the wider historical record and refuting Barton’s dubious versions of the religious views and policies of the Founding Fathers point by point. Call it God’s work.