Moral Contradictions

Monday, July 04, 2005

Happy Independence Day

First and foremost, the Declaration of Independence.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Let's read some quotes from Rev. Rousas J. Rushdoony, founder of Christian Reconstructionism:

Supernatural Christianity and democracy are inevitably enemies. Democracy is the great love of the failures and cowards of life...

His son-in-law:

We must use the doctrine of religious liberty ... 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 constructing a Bible-based social, political and religious order which finally denies the religious liberty of the enemies of God.

More Rushdoony:

In the name of toleration, the believer is asked to associate on a common level of total acceptance with the atheist, the pervert, the criminal, and the adherents of other religions.

Rushdoony is now deceased, but his themes can be found throughout the proclamations and actions of many. Read this excellent 5-part series about some hardline fundamenatlists' dream of a Christian Nation.

Will his extreme views come to fruition? Probably not, but his far-right views frame the debate and make the Falwells, Robertsons, and Kennedys "moderates" and more palatable.


  • Excellent piece! Thanks for posting it. You've inspired me to do a little digging and blog a bit on the subject myself. Thanks.



    By Blogger Dr. Mike Kear, at Monday, July 04, 2005 11:56:00 PM  

  • The horrifying thing is, so many "good" Christians I connect with simply feel the same way without any critical thinking. How is this any different in nature than the Taliban?

    By Blogger Monk-in-Training, at Tuesday, July 05, 2005 8:11:00 PM  

  • My internet was down all day, so sorry for the late responses.

    Mike, I look forward to your research as I know my analysis will pale compared to what you find.

    Monk, I agree. Fundamentalism carries many similar qualities throughout all religions (Islam is the obvious one that comes to mind). Fundamentalism is based on reaction and emotion, which can be easily manipulated to stifle critical thinking and personal realization.

    By Blogger Nathan, at Tuesday, July 05, 2005 10:54:00 PM  

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