Our Threatened Freedom

Are We Afraid Of Words? (03:26)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J. Rushdoony: 00:00 Are we afraid of words? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom. One of our growing problems is our fear of words, of name calling. All too many minority groups do outrageous things, and, if criticized, cry racism.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:19 The same is true of many non-minority groups. They perpetrate all kinds of non-sense and evil, and when caught at it, charge with critics with being against the people. For example, in 1971, 60 radicals demanded certain things of the federal government in the name of Indian Rights. They received 643 acres of federal lands, with buildings, to set up a supposed university. The school established, DQU, has never met any of the necessary elementary educations requirements. It has received at least seven million dollars in federal grants. It’s chancellor has been Dennis Banks of the ultra leftist American Rights Movement. And DQU has been allied with Marxist groups.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:18 Federal requirements, which were a part of the original grant of land and funds, have never been met. Accreditation was required and has not been attained, nor a minimum student enrollment. The original 1971 agreement required a return of the property if the terms were not met. Not only has DQU failed to meet the terms, it has failed to maintain the property, and it has leased out the land illegally.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:51 In spite of all this, the people of DQU are making all kinds of charges against the federal government and are accusing it of attacking an American Indian and Chicano project. To make matters worse, DQU is suing the federal government with the aid of the Native American Rights Fund. A national support center of the federally funded legal services corporation. As research director Michelle M. Rossi noted in Eye on Bureaucracy, and I quote, “The U.S. Government is essentially financing a lawsuit against itself, in that NARF, the Native American Rights Fund, received approximately $205,000 in 1982.” In other words, we finance this nonsense, and now we are financing both the attempts to dissolve it and to preserve it. Everyone gets consideration except the taxpayer.

R.J. Rushdoony: 03:01 Moreover, all such groups need to do, to gain major media coverage, is to charge bigotry and racism. It is time to stop fearing names and words, before freedom is destroyed by our timidity and negligence.

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