Source: The New Yorker
On June 29, 2005 The New Yorker reported, "In the last days before the 2004 Presidential election, Patrick Henry College, in Purcellville, Virginia, excused all its students from classes, because so many of them were working on campaigns or wanted to go to the swing states to get out the vote for George W. Bush... Patrick Henry’s president, Michael Farris, is a lawyer and minister who has worked for Christian causes for decades. He founded the school after getting requests from two constituencies: homeschooling parents and conservative congressmen. The parents would ask him where they could find a Christian college with a 'courtship' atmosphere, meaning one where dating is regulated and subject to parental approval. The congressmen asked him where they could find homeschoolers as interns and staffers, 'which I took to be shorthand for ‘someone who shares my values,’ ' Farris said... So he set out to build what he calls the Evangelical Ivy League, and what the students call Harvard for Homeschoolers."