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Our Threatened Freedom

What Are We Financing With Our Foreign Aid? (03:35)

R.J. Rushdoony

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R.J. Rushdoony: 00:01 What are we financing with foreign aid? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threat in freedom. Foreign Aid money from the US Federal Government, and foreign loans by US banks now finance a worldwide network of operations hostile to American interests. It would be difficult for anyone to justify the cast sums given to the Soviet Union, to Red China, and to other Marxist countries as anything but financing our own destruction.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:35 Much of the Soviet military technology is made possible by our money, but this is not all. Many third-world countries receive American aid, and their use of these funds is rarely examined. For example, two of my staff associates recently spent about three weeks in Bangladesh. A major dam had been built there with American funds. There was nothing wrong with the dam itself, but before construction began, human sacrifices were offered to ensure the dam’s success. 1000 Christians had been sacrificed in that instance.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:19 Again, my associates asked the US official about the construction of Bangladesh Army compounds in the hill country built with American aid. No American officer or official has made any inspection, least of all a surprise inspection of that. The fact is that the Bangladesh Army does occupy these compounds, but they also serve as concentration camps for the hill tribes. The ruling peoples of Bangladesh are Bengalis. The hill tribes are not of the same race, and hence, they are persecuted.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:03 Their farms are open to squatters, and the hill tribes must stay at night in Army reserves. Is this unusual? On the contrary, it is routine. Our funds are given away, are loaned out without any real supervision or followup. If an American receives a federal or a bank loan, he is extensively investigated and supervised. If he or she receives welfare, there is a measure of social worker followup. We may feel that this followup is inadequate and careless, but it is still more than is ever done with foreign aid.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:45 The fact is that we are financing evil all over the world. Our foreign aid and foreign loans would in many cases do far less harm if we simply took the money and burned it up. In the long run, it would cost us less and it would do less damage. Foreign aid has become a major cause of our worldwide political and economic crises, and it has been a means of financing tyranny and slavery. Foreign aid and loans finance the enemies of freedom and the agencies of human bondage. It is time to call a halt to this evil. This has been R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threat to 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