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Our Threatened Freedom

Has The Alaskan Pipeline Been A Disaster? (03:22)

R.J. Rushdoony

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R.J. Rushdoony: 00:01 Has the Alaskan Pipeline been a disaster? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom. During the past decade, we were deluged with propaganda concerning the Alaskan Pipeline and the danger it would do to the environment. The ecological extremists gave us one horror story after another about the pipeline and it’s supposed impact. While the work was being completed, one man working on the pipelines sent me pictures of caribou grazing under the pipeline and bears prowling around altogether oblivious to its existence. Now five years after the completion of the Alaskan Pipeline, it is obvious that no environmental damage occurred. The economic benefits to Alaska have been very great, and the United States as a whole now get 17% of its oil from Alaska. This means that the pipeline has been a major benefit to our economy as well as to our potential national events.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:19 A sad part of this whole episode is that the environmentalist in the process did only harm the cause of conservation. By their extremism, they made their case look ridiculous, and conservation is a serious matter requiring judicious and careful defense. Since the conclusion of the pipeline, we have seen the same extremism applied to every project adjusted by Secretary Watts. I am not interested in defending Mr. Watts, but in promoting sane policies of conservation. When Watts opens his mouth, the result from the critics is a chorus of hysterical criticism before any real examination of the Watts proposals have been made. I, for one, believe that every proposal by Watts and any other bureaucrat should be subjected to a careful analysis and critique.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:22 The general welfare requires that such a searching and critical evaluation be made. For our environmental extremists to blast a proposal before the facts concerning it are released does no service to the cause of conservation. Conservation is an issue of importance to all of us. It is tragic that in the past decade, extremists have made themselves spokesmen for an old and respected cause and movement. In so doing, they are risking the discrediting of their cause. Neither conservation or the cause of freedom are served by reckless and extravagant claims and charges. We need a return to a more responsible conservationism. 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