Former 'Miss America' Teresa Scanlan Attends Controversial Christian College

| by Michael Allen
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Former Miss America pageant winner Teresa Scanlan is attending Patrick Henry College, a small Christian college in Virginia, outside of Washington D.C.

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Scanlan said that the school's conservative Christian values do not conflict with her career, which includes wearing tight dresses and bikinis.

"I have never violated my conscience. I was never compromising my morals. For myself, I have never believed it's wrong for a female to wear a swimsuit that would show the same amount of skin a man. It's a bit of a double standard," said Scanlan.

Patrick Henry College requires its students to dress modestly and "seek parental counsel when pursuing a romantic relationship," even though the students are legally adults.

However, more disturbing are some of the reported teachings and philosophy of the school.

According to a blog that is run by three students, who claim to be secretly gay, one of their Patrick Henry College professors taught that homosexual activists played a strong role in the Nazi party and that AIDS has actually increased because of sex education.

In a so-called Faith & Reason lecture delivered to the entire student body today, Patrick Henry College Professor Stephen Baskerville claimed that “homosexual activists” played an integral role in the rise of Nazism.

He also said that the AIDS epidemic has been exacerbated by “sexual ideologues, who sabotage effective campaigns for abstinence and fidelity in favor of ideologically inspired but useless condom distributions, resulting in further spread of the disease and millions of needless deaths.”

As noted by the Daily Kos, Patrick Henry College also has some anti-government-sounding  statements on its website:

Some governments are not legitimate; some authorities are not lawful. [Hosea 8:1-4] These are governments that do not recognize or that choose to ignore that human beings are created in God's image and therefore are entitled to the enjoyment of certain rights and responsibilities that inhere in their nature. Such societies and such governments are under God's judgment...

But when such a government 1) commands disobedience to God, 2) enjoins the right and duty of human beings to worship God, 3) denies other God-ordained rights by extreme oppression and tyranny, or 4) "when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object (tyranny), evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism" it is the right and duty of godly men and women "to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security." Importantly, this action must be taken in accordance with God's laws and in submission to other legitimate authorities, anarchy being as illegitimate as tyranny.

Sources: Associated Press, Daily Kos,, QueerPHC