Keeping the Faith: Pat Robertson's Regent University
Bill Moyers Journal (PBS)
Pat Robertson founded Regent University in 1978 in order "to produce Christian leaders who will make a difference, who will change the world." The University, which includes a law school accredited by the American Bar Association in 1996, openly mixes faith in the classroom, with the hope that graduates will go on to spread Christian values in their respective vocations.
Many graduates are choosing to pursue politics and taking jobs in Washington. Since 2001, 150 of the University's students have worked in the Bush Administration.
One such political aspirant, former Justice Department official, Monica Goodling, has recently helped to thrust her alma mater into the spotlight, due to her alleged involvement in the firings of as many as ten federal prosecutors. She resigned from her position in the Justice Department in April, and has said she would assert her fifth amendment rights, rather than testify before Congress. "May God bless you richly as you continue your service to America," Goodling wrote in her resignation letter to Attorney General Gonzales. On May 11, 2007, federal Judge Thomas Hogan approved an immunity deal for Goodling. According to THE NEW YORK TIMES, "'Monica Goodling may not refuse to testify,' Hogan began his brief order, which said that Goodling could not be prosecuted for anything other than perjury in connection with her testimony."
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