Our Threatened Freedom

Are We Regulating Ourselves Into Tyranny? (03:02)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J. Rushdoony: 00:01 Are we regulating ourselves into tyranny? This R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom. Sometimes reading the newspaper is like reading one’s own obituary. The news tells us that our country is committing suicide and to make sure it succeeds is trying several brands of poison. Inflation, lawlessness, drugs, poor education, and more. High on the list of killer practices is overregulation. Today as I was looking over some clippings and articles of the past couple of months, I found this one, which I had saved but not because I liked it. It reads and I quote “Trouble is brewing in University Park, Texas, a placid little island of affluence, where city officials proposed to allow building inspectors to enter homes to enforce a rigid repair code.”

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:00 The 16-page code proposal says among other things that homeowners can be fined up to $200 a day for weeds in the lawn, cracks in the stairway, or unsound chimneys. The proposal also authorizes building inspectors to initiate their own complaints and enter homes at any time to enforce the code. “I’m worried about this,” said college professor Stephen [Geisinger 00:01:30]. “What’s to stop the city from coming back and say we can’t smoke in our homes?” Weeds in the lawn are a nuisance and it’s no pleasure to be reminded of them by your wife. But, the idea of a citation and fine by a city inspector is another matter. I may not like the way mu neighbor keeps his place, but if I have the right to control him by law then a neighbor with a place better than mine can legislate against me.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:04 If we start fining people for weeds on the lawn, why not fine for driving a dirty car or too old a car? If we can be fined for having a house which does not suit the city inspector because of cracks on the stairs or in the paint, perhaps the nest step is to tell us that we ourselves are unfit for public viewing because we are overweight, wrinkled, bald, or what have you. The whole philosophy of such regulations leads to tyranny and to a dictator state. In a regulated state, everyone is keeping an eye on other people’s business and not their own. Regulations governing our lawn’s weeds may give us neater neighborhoods, but freedom is a high price to pay for weed-free lawns.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:58 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