Take, for example, the case of "Dr." (he insists) Patrick L. Wooden, Sr., one of the preachers who is part of Peter LaBarbera's bigot brigade at the SPLC. According to his biography at his Upper Room Church of God in Christ:
Dr. Wooden has received national notoriety for his work and efforts. The North Carolina College of Theology recognized the work of Dr. Wooden and afforded him the opportunity to use some of his years of experience as credits in his pursuit of a Doctorate of Theology of [sic] which he received in June 2007.That, in turn, leads us to The North Carolina College of Theology. According to them:
Accreditation: The North Carolina College of Theology is a member and independent subsidiary of the Southern Accreditation Association of Christian Schools and Colleges, the American Association of Theological Institutions, and the American Accrediting Education Association of Christian Schools.The problem here is that not one of those "accreditors" is recognized by the US Department of Education as an accrediting agency. Not one!
But it get worse. The "college" goes on to claim:
Very Important: We do not sell degrees. Many pastors, missionaries, and church workers have earned their degrees and should have them. NCCT is accredited by Southern Accreditation Association of Christian Schools and Colleges . . .Furthermore, the "doctoral" program requires no more prior education than a high school diploma or GED. However "a thesis is required." Not surprisingly, that requirement can be waived.
Just to sum it up, the devout Christians have created worthless, unrecognized accrediting agencies in order to provide mail-order Christian degree mills with worthless accreditations in order to provide Christian pastors with worthless degrees. This is done to mislead people into believing that the good preacher has a level of erudition and educational accomplishment that he or she simply does not possess.
Whatever happened to that "bear false witness" thing?