Our Threatened Freedom

How Sensitive Are You To Vampires? (04:13)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J. Rushdoony: 00:02 How friendly are you to vampires? This is R.J. Rushdoony, with a report on Our Threatened Freedom.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:08 We have a very sensitive and thoughtful Federal government these days, some would say. After all, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has spent a few years reviewing about 150 pieces in which people claimed they were vampires and were being discriminated against because of their nature and their birthplace in Transylvania. According to [Reed 00:00:35] Magazine, former EEOC Vice Chairman Dan Leach, says that the agency staff members were, “so mindless and overzealous, that instead of immediately tossing the vampires’ charges out, they let them get as far as preliminary examinations.”

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:58 Now the vampires have had it. Their cases will no longer be considered. Perhaps this is a sign of returning sanity in our Federal government. But it is premature to say so. Our bureaucracy and our courts still continue to strain gnats and swallow camels with their normal lack of common sense. Perhaps the only thing keeping these 150 vampires out of the courts is the lack of money.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:28 After all, the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Eddings versus Oklahoma overturned the death sentence of a young man who shot and killed a highway patrolman who stopped him. The court gave as its reasons, failure of the lower court to consider the criminal’s background of broken homes. If a broken home is an excuse for murder, then were all the broken homes in America a very great number of licenses for murder have been issued by the U.S. Supreme Court? I hope, like me, that you are thoroughly fed up with all this nonsense.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:11 A bureaucracy and courts concerned with such absurdities as the rights of vampires and excuses for murder are no longer serving the interests of the people nor of justice. Our Federal and State governments get more bloated each year. More arrogant, and less and less rational. In fact, the bigger civil government becomes, the more uncivil, irrational and absurd it is.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:41 Washington, D.C. and the Federal government have finally stopped processing vampire cases. But I do wish the Federal government would stop playing vampire with us. Taxes are becoming a blood-sucking operation. And at least one Washington observer believes that all our local, state and federal taxes, direct and indirect, now total well over half our income. It used to be that we worked into late May just to pay our taxes. Now it is into July.

R.J. Rushdoony: 03:17 I don’t believe in Transylvanian vampires, but I am beginning to realize we have our own home-grown varieties in Washington, D.C. and in our state capitols. And it does hurt to feed a vampire.

R.J. Rushdoony: 03:33 We cannot long have freedom with a power seat that over-taxes and over-controls the people. Basic to freedom is a strong people, and a less strong civil government. Our freedom today is to let not simply from abroad, but especially from here at home by a power-hungry civil government, a vast bureaucracy and a mindless judiciary. Our civil government is no substitute for freedom.

R.J. Rushdoony: 04:07 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