Our Threatened Freedom

Does America Have An Established Religion? (02:58)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J. Rushdoony: 00:01 Does America have an established religion? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom. It is increasingly apparently that the United States has an established religion, which is using tax funds to promote itself and to gain congress. This religion is humanism. Humanism has full possession of the public or state schools of the United States, and these tax supported institutions are teaching the religion of humanism to the children in their charge. Even more, in some states, state boards of education have attempted to compel Christian schools to use state textbooks which teach humanism.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:41 Whether we like it or not, the American taxpayer is paying for the support and propagation of humanism when we are taxed for education, but this is not all. All the state and federal welfare agencies are also operated on humanistic premises and are dominated by humanists. Their enormous tax funds are used to promote plans for the rehabilitation or salvation of equal in terms of a humanistic plan of salvation. Few things in history have been more dismal failures than our welfare is, but this does not discourage our fanatical humanists. They keep demanding more money to make even more damaging failures.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:28 All of this however is very damaging to you also. The greater part of your tax dollar goes for education and welfare. This means that whether you like it or not, you’re paying out several tithes each year to finance a humanistic plan of salvation. The cost to you is financially great. It is even greater in terms of the moral damage done to you and to our country by humanism. Ideas do have consequences. False doctrines lead to false conclusions and to a false and destructive way of life.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:01 Today, besides dominating our state schools and our welfare programs, humanism dominates our foreign policy, our bureaucracies, many of our courts, the IRS, and more. Humanism is financing its plan of salvation at the taxpayer’s expense, and it resents the slightest attempt by Christians to alter the present course of affairs. We do have an established religion, and its name is humanism. Is this what you want? You are paying for it, like it or not, and you will continue to do so until you decide to change things.

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Rev. R.J. Rushdoony (1916–2001), was a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerous works on the application of Biblical law to society. He started the Chalcedon Foundation in 1965.  His Institutes of Biblical Law (1973) began the contemporary theonomy movement which posits the validity of Biblical law as God’s standard of obedience for all. He therefore saw God’s law as the basis of the modern Christian response to the cultural decline, one he attributed to the church’s false view of God’s law being opposed to His grace. This broad Christian response he described as “Christian Reconstruction.”  He is credited with igniting the modern Christian school and homeschooling movements in the mid to late 20th century. He also traveled extensively lecturing and serving as an expert witness in numerous court cases regarding religious liberty. Many ministry and educational efforts that continue today, took their philosophical and Biblical roots from his lectures and books.

Learn more about R.J. Rushdoony by visiting: https://chalcedon.edu/founder