Gary North is an odd duck for a Christian Reconstructionist, just for the fact that he rejects completely the idea that America was founded as a Christian nation. In fact, he claims it was all an anti-Christian plot. But he’d certainly like to change that and here’s a quote from him that should be shouted from the rooftops as often as possible.
So let us be blunt about it: we must use the doctrine of religious liberty to gain independence for Christian schools until we train up a generation of people who know that there is no religious neutrality, no neutral law, no neutral education, and no neutral civil government. Then they will get busy in constructing a Bible-based social, political and religious order which finally denies the religious liberty of the enemies of God.
When I first saw this on a list of quotes from Reconstructionists, I was highly skeptical. I’ve often said we should be especially skeptical when we see a quote from a political enemy that just says perfectly what you want them to say. Besides, why would he just come out and say that publicly? Doesn’t that give away the game? So before I shared it, I wanted to track down the original quote in context and I’ll be damned if he didn’t say exactly that, and not the least bit out of context.
North is such an oddity. He’s an economist by credentials, and amateur historian. He’s married to the daughter of RJ Rushdoony, the founder of Christian Reconstructionism, but split with him (and most others in that group) over the question of America’s alleged Christian origins. He also is the creator of the Ron Paul curriculum and was a contributor to those infamously racist newsletters Paul used to send out. He wrote a treatise called Conspiracy in Philadelphia in which he flatly denied the idea that the founders wanted America to be an official Christian nation or theocracy.