Our Threatened Freedom

Who Gets The Benefits These Days? (03:00)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J. Rushdoony: 00:01 Who gets the benefits these days? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom. Recently, California Magazine carried an excellent report on the burglar cops of Hollywood. The Los Angeles Police Department caught some men in the Hollywood division breaking and entering stores to rob them. Several officers had developed a profitable sideline in stealing. Two incidents followed which tell us how vulnerable and foolish our system of protection for workers can be.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:36 One of the bad cops involved was caught carrying cash and merchandise out of a store. He was taken to headquarters for a lengthy interrogation. Because he was on duty when arrested, he asked for and in terms of the rules was paid overtime for the hours of interrogation. But this was not all. Now one of the officers allegedly involved in the break-ins and burglaries has apparently found the experience of arrest traumatic. His doctor claims that the experience has created problems for the suspected officer and that he is, therefore, entitled to a disability pension.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:21 I wish incidents like this were a rarity, but they are not. Our laws and regulations seem to favor the persons out to exploit the system. For example, Charles Peter in The Washington Monthly reports that in a sex discrimination case, the woman was awarded $100,000, but her lawyers were awarded two million dollars by the federal judge. I submit that this woman suffered more discrimination in court than she ever did before she went to court.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:59 In the past generation, we have had many pieces of social legislation passed to provide benefits where benefits are needed. Many people resent any criticism of such legislation. My answer to all such is simply this. If you believe the food stamp program is a good one, then you should lead the movement to rid the program of abuses. Otherwise, public disgust and protest will kill the program. If you believe that overtime pay and disability benefits are necessary, then work overtime to clean up the abuses before angry people destroy these benefits. If a program is designed to meet needs and becomes a means to help exploiters, in time, no one will tolerate it.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:55 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