Our Threatened Freedom

Is Discrimination Always Bad? (03:32)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J. Rushdoony: 00:01 Is discrimination, always bad? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on Our Threatened Freedom.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:08 According to the Intellectual Activist, a District Court Judge in late 1981, ruled that an applicant’s psychosis is not a lawful grounds for a medical school to deny admission. A young woman entered a university medical school without disclosing her previous psychiatric hospitalization. As a student there, she did such things as cutting herself to cause bleeding and physically assaulting doctors. The school required her to take a leave of absence. During that time, she was again hospitalized. She was later denied her application for readmission to the medical school. She sued the school under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The court ruled in her favor.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:58 Is it not time that we recognize that discrimination can be both good and bad? Would it make sense, for example, to allow a paroled rapist to be a teacher in a girls school? Would a paroled bank robber make a good bank teller?

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:15 Certainly a man or a woman’s past record should not be held against them, but neither can it be disregarded. An opportunity for rehabilitation is important, but it must be a sensible opportunity.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:30 To make a former drug addict, the person in charge of a hospital’s drug supply is not being fair either to the hospital or to the ex junkie. There is a difference between opportunity and stupidity and between justice and injustice. In the name of no discrimination, we can unjustly impose upon the public a person they would not choose, if they knew the facts. Perhaps, there were mitigating circumstances in the medical school case, and perhaps there were not. I simply do not know. What I do know is that the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is ignoring the realities of situations and imposing a straight jacket upon institutions and the public.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:19 Discrimination is not necessarily bad nor necessarily good. It’s going to be either, depending upon the circumstances. If I discriminate against someone because of their nationality or color, I am depersonalizing them and am wrong. If I discriminate against them because I have found them to be morally untrustworthy and financially dishonest, I am being both right and sensible. The law, however, says that no program, agency or institution can exercise common sense discrimination, if it is receiving federal financial assistance. Medical and other schools do receive such assistance, as do a variety of other institutions. Should your local public school have no right to discriminate against certain types of individuals with a known records, in hiring teachers and employees? Should a paroled poisoner, have the right to a job in a school lunch room or kitchen? What happens to our freedom under such a law? 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