Our Threatened Freedom

Are Public Schools Hazardous To Our Children’s Health? (03:25)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J. Rushdoony: 00:01 Are public schools hazardous to our children’s health? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:10 Cigarette smokers find on every pack a warning that smoking cigarettes may be hazardous to their health. Now, I am not a smoker, but I rather resent big brother’s overzealous claim to tell us what is good or bad for us. In my book, that power belongs to God not to the state. Furthermore, why not a warning on every federal building reading, “Warning, big government may be hazardous to your health.” Or why not a notice to every [inaudible 00:00:44] school child reading, “Warning, public schools may be hazardous to your child’s health.”

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:50 Such a notice would make sense. After all, according to the state of California, in a five month period recently from September 1, 1980 to February 1, 1981, 105,328 incidents of crime and violence were reported in the schools. These were crimes against students, teachers, and school employees, crimes against property and included the possession and use of drugs and alcohol, and the possession and/or use of weapons and also bomb threats. The property damage in this five month period came to more $10.3 million. The schools had to spend $38.5 million on crime control in the schools.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:48 Now, the figures release dealt with reported crimes. Even these tell us a grim story. Very obviously, attending a public school today is more hazardous to a child’s health than smoking is to adults. Among some of the unreported school crimes are shake downs, compelling children to pay their lunch money as protection money to school bullies or get beaten up. More than one teacher has told me that in some schools it can be dangerous for a teacher to turn his back on a class. I call that a health hazard.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:28 In fact, why not advertise Washington DC as hazardous to America’s health. Paying taxes is not easy on either your pocket book or your blood pressure. Reading the news from Washington rarely makes me feel happy. Having a federal agent visit me or asking me to come to his office, I find less desirable than a case of the measles or worse. Washing DC makes us all sick at heart much of the time. And after making us sick, offers us Medicare. Is there no one up there who still believes that Jefferson was right when he says that the best government is the least government. After all, the more controls we get, the less freedom we have. The loss of freedom is very hazardous to the health of a country.

R.J. Rushdoony: 03:21 This has been R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.

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