by Lorette C. Luzajic
Part 4 of the Pillars of Faith series.
The name of this theologian may be unfamiliar, but most men of God are his heirs.
Jerry Falwell, Tim LaHaye, Howard Ahmanson, James Dobson, D. James Kennedy — almost every fundamentalist follows Rousas John Rushdoony, 1916-2001. Newsweek once referred to Rushdoony’s Chalcedon Foundation as the think tank of the religious right.
But what you won’t hear in Sunday school is that Rushdoony is a racist, sexist, Jew-hating bigot who denies the holocaust. Don’t take it from me: The British Centre for Science Education refers to him as “a man every bit as potentially murderous as Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot or anyone else you may want to name amongst the annals of evil.”
Democracy Is of the Devil
Pullquote: To keep the secular indoctrination of sciences, arts, and feminism from poisoning society, Rushdoony advocated the death penalty according to Leviticus laws.
R.J.’s basic philosophy was that the Old Testament gave white man dominion over the earth, the animals, women, and heathen nations. Theocracy is God’s will, and democracy is apostasy — only Christians should be able to vote.
To keep the secular indoctrination of sciences, arts, and feminism from poisoning society, Rushdoony advocated the death penalty according to Leviticus laws. Among the 18 capital crimes were of course, adultery, witchcraft, homosexuality, and blasphemy.
Rushdoony is the driving backbone behind the home schooling movement, to guarantee kids would be brainwashed by the O.T. and not by history and literature.
Because R.J. sought to reconstruct the O.T. laws and overturn the apostate civic society, his work is called the Reconstructionist Movement.
Dominion and Stoning
R.J.’s foundation is a web ministry and magazine espousing Reconstructionist theology, promoting home schooling as defense against secularism. “The state, the school, the arts and sciences, law, economics, and every other sphere [is] to be under Christ the King. Nothing is exempt from His dominion.”
The magazine publishes thought provoking articles like W. Einwechter’s on stoning the rebellious child. “It displays the wisdom and mercy of God in restraining wickedness so that the righteous might flourish in peace.” (Jan. 99)
Slavery was Awesome for the Negro
Pullquote: “The move from Africa to America was a vast increase of freedom for the Negro, materially and spiritually.”
R.J. is best known for Institutes of Biblical Law, an 800 page opus on “the heresy of democracy.”
Here are a few interesting statements from the book:
“The move from Africa to America was a vast increase of freedom for the Negro, materially and spiritually.”
Lazy slaves were “an albatross that hung the South, that bled it.”
“The University of Timbuktu never existed. The only thing that existed in Timbuktu was a small mud hut.”
“Some people are by nature slaves and will always be so.”
“The urge to dominion is God-given and is basic to the nature of man. An aspect of this dominion is property.”
“The false witness borne during World War II with respect to Germany (i.e., the death camps) is especially notable and revealing…. the number of Jews who died after deportation is approximately 1,200,000 … very many of these people died of epidemics.”
“All men are NOT created equal before God.”
“The matriarchal society is thus decadent and broken… matriarchal character of Negro life is due to the moral failure of Negro men, their failure …to provide authority. The same is true of American Indian tribes which are also matriarchal.”
And here are some quotes from Foundations of Social Order:
“An employer therefore has a property right to prefer whom he will, and he can prefer whom he will in terms of color, creed, race, or national origin.”
“Selective breeding in Christian countries has led to … the progressive elimination of defective persons.”
“A ‘Litany’ popular in these circles identifies ‘God’ with the city, with the ’spick, black nigger, bastard, Buddhahead, and kike,’ with ‘all men,this concept runs deeply through the so-called Civil Rights Revolution… But …no society has ever existed without class and caste lines.”
The True Agenda of the Christian Right
But what about Christ’s softer love thy neighbour touch?
His son-in-law, North, explains for him that the Sermon on the Mount was clearly an ethical guide for slaves only!
Most of R.J.’s followers wisely keep his name out of their sermons. But careful examination of the Institutes on which their work is based reveals the truth: power and privilege for white men — God’s only true incarnation — is indeed the true agenda of the Christian right.
Lorette C. Luzajic writes about all kinds of interesting people at Fascinating People.