Conservative Christians stage own Jamestown celebration
Fifteen miles from Williamsburg, Va., in Charles City County, on a country road dominated by plantations turned bed-and-breakfasts, 4,000 ultra-conservative, largely home-schooling Christians gathered to correct a month-old mistake: to do Jamestown right. The women wore hoop skirts, bustles, bonnets and mob hats. The men wore tricorn, feathered "Musketeer" or top hats; they carried swords. "Maidens," that is, girls, wore aprons, while "heroes"—boys—donned armor or coonskin caps.
The Jamestown Quadricentennial: A Celebration of Our Providential History was organized by a Texas-based "historical home-school ministry," Vision Forum, and its president, Doug Phillips. Phillips, the son of Conservative Caucus and Constitution Party founder Howard Phillips, is a celebrity among home-schooling Christians. His San Antonio-based ministry, Vision Forum, functions primarily as a conservative publishing house with a distinct ideological bent: advocating stringent "biblical" family roles, with patriarch husbands, "home-working" wives and large broods of children. Another famous son was also in attendance: Jonathan Falwell, son of the late Jerry Falwell and (along with his brother, Jerry Jr.) heir to the Liberty Baptist empire, came to deliver his father's intended speech.
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