Our Threatened Freedom

Are We Running Low On Ideas To Spend Our Money? (03:28)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J. Rushdoony: 00:01 Are we running low on ideas for spending money? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threat and freedom. I wonder sometimes if our planners sit up thinking ways to test our patience. Some of their projects are really amazing ones. The community development project of the Department of Housing and Urban Development has come up with a choice one. Baltimore has a well-known block, several blocks long, of strip joints, adult bookstores, or pornography shops, peep shows, and the like. A total of 338,000 is being spent in this area to make it more attractive to customers. The pavement is being cut at various points to make tree planting possible, and wheelchair cuts have also been made in the curbs. Apparently, someone has decided that it is discrimination to make it difficult for the physically disabled to visit their porno shops.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:02 The owner of one strip joint says, however, according to Human Events, quote, “What’s really needed is sexier broads. You think Washington can help there?” Unquote. Perhaps I am unkind, and am doing our bureaucrats an injustice. Maybe what we need is more concern for despised or neglected forms of American life. Let’s help them by suggesting better means of spending money. Why not park benches on Skid Row, so that our unfortunate people there can have something besides the pavement to sleep on, or is that too practical and worthwhile a suggestion? Why not a national museum somewhere close to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, of old-fashioned Chick Sales or outhouses, which are becoming a vast disappearing form of Americana. Has HUD no concern for our American past?

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:03 For some of us old enough to remember the days between World Wars I and II, one of the most common aspects of American rural life was the farm mule. I don’t understand why our Washington politicians do not erect a national monument to the mule. They have a lot in common. Both are stubborn and resisting orders, and both are impotent and sterile. Perhaps I am too hard on politicians. After all, Will Rogers said that he never met a man he didn’t like. However, Will Rogers never spent too much time in Washington, DC. We Americans have a good sense of humor. This is the reason why we can live with our politicians in Washington, DC.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:50 But perhaps it is a mistake to poke fun at Washington. I’m reminded of a story told years and years ago, by Mississippi Congressman John Allen. A Confederate Calvary colonel was leading his regiment in a gallant retreat, with the Yankees in hot pursuit. Some of the Confederates were turning now and then to fire at the Yankees. The colonel then gave this command. “Boys, stop that shooting. It just makes them madder.” 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