R.J. Rushdoony concocted an ideology called Christian Reconstructionism which seeks to resurrect Old Testament law. National Public Radio calls Christian Reconstructionism “the most extreme form of Christian fundamentalism” and the “Christian Taliban.”
As was true of Dabney, Rushdoony argued that slavery is not only biblical and permissible but “benevolent” and preferable to living in Africa. He also condemned interracial marriage. (I just realized that I am writing these words on the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Loving v. Virginia decision which legalized interracial marriage.) Rushdoony detested the civil rights movement and desegregation.
Read these quotes from his book, The Institutes of Biblical Law:
The white man has behind him centuries of Christian culture and the discipline and the selective breeding this faith requires… The Negro is a product of a radically different past, and his [genetic] heredity has been governed by radically different considerations.
Unequal yoking plainly means mixed marriages between believers and unbelievers is clearly forbidden. But Deuteronomy 22:10 not only forbids unequal yoking by inference, and as a case law, but also unequal yoking generally. This means that an unequal marriage between believers or between unbelievers is wrong… The burden of the law is thus against inter-religious, inter-racial, and inter-cultural marriages, in that they normally go against the very community which marriage is designed to establish.
Hybridization seeks to improve on God’s work by attempting to gain the best qualities of two diverse things; there is no question that some hybrids do show certain advantageous qualities, but there is also no question that it comes at a price, bringing some serious disadvantages.
Every social order institutes its own program of separation or segregation… Segregation, separation, or quarantine, whichever name is used, is inescapable in any society.
He said Americans were blameless for taking slaves from Africa because those taken were already enslaved. He said those who were shipped to America preferred the journey to staying in Africa. He even called this journey to slave markets “the jackpot.” He wrote: “The move from Africa to America was a vast increase of freedom for the Negro, materially and spiritually as well as personally.” But he said the slaves never thought in terms of freedom, and that’s why Liberia never worked out. He called slavery “an albatross that hung the South, that bled it,” because the slaves were lazy. “Only a minority of the slaves ever worked.” He said white men were hired to do the hard work.
He also mocked the educational achievements of Africans: “The University of Timbuktu never existed. The only thing that existed in Timbuktu was a small mud hut the Arabs had where they taught a few of the half-breeds to memorize the Koran. They never even learned to read. But the people who are trying to exalt the Negro past have gone into that sort of thing and they’ve spoken of the school of Timbuktu, and then somebody quotes that, and it becomes a university, and then it becomes quite a tremendous cultural center. This is ridiculous.”
Though a pastor, he was not above using vile language. In Foundations of Social Order, he railed against those who identify “‘God’ with the city, with the ‘spick, black nigger, bastard, Buddhahead, and kike,’ with ‘all men,’ and calls for communion with all men as they are… This concept runs deeply through the so-called Civil Rights Revolution.”
He condemned “sensitivity training,” which he said was designed to teach that all people have equal rights, which is a denial of God’s law. He called labor laws “Marxist,” including the law that forbids discrimination by race. He asked: “Where in the Bible does it tell us that there is a principle of equality?… A belief in good and evil requires us to discriminate. 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.”
He praised eugenics: “Selective breeding in Christian countries has led to a degree to the progressive elimination of many defective persons.”
Rushdoony’s own son-in-law denounced him for abandoning covenantalism for racism and accused him of elevating “race over reformation.”
He said adopting welfare babies is “insanity in the name of Christ.”
He said the first-century church was segregated, “and Paul saw nothing wrong with that, nor did any other apostle.”
But that’s not the worst of it. According to the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, holocaust denial was the worst thing about Rushdoony.
The false witness born during World War II with respect to Germany is especially notable and revealing. The charge is repeatedly made that six million innocent Jews were slain by the Nazis, and the figure – and even larger figures – is now entrenched in the history books. Poncins, in summarizing the studies of the French Socialist, Paul Rassinier, himself a prisoner in Buchenwald, states: ‘Rassinier reached the conclusion that the number of Jews who died after deportation is approximately 1,200,000 and this figure, he tells us, has finally been accepted as valid by the Centre Mondial de Documentation Juive Contemporaine. Likewise he notes that Paul Hilberg, in his study of the same problem, reached a total of 896,292 victims. Very many of these people died of epidemics; many were executed’… Did the Nazis actually execute many thousands, tens, or hundred thousands of Jews? Men to whom such murders were nothing had to blow up the figure to millions. Did the doctor perform a number of experiments on living men and women? A few sterilized women and a few castrated men and their horrified tears and grief are not enough to stir the sick and jaded tastes of modern man: make him guilty of performing 17,000 such operations. The evils were all too real: even greater is the evil of bearing false witness concerning them, because that false witness will produce an even more vicious reality in the next upheaval. Men are now ‘reconciled’ to a world where millions are murdered, or are said to be murdered. What will be required in the way of action and propaganda next time?
In other words, insisting that 6 million Jews were killed by Nazis is worse than what the Nazis actually did!
Rushdoony called Zionism “national socialism,” i.e., Nazism. He said, “The Jews of Europe are not really Jewish in blood… There are no Jews with more than a trace of Jewish genes from antiquity.”
Well, what do you think Doug Phillips has to say about Dr. Rushdoony?
Phillips has praised Rushdoony as being one of the most significant influences in his life, perhaps second only to his father. Doug’s respect for Rushdoony is such that when he was in law school, he “would literally come to class with three books—the textbook, a copy of The Institutes of Biblical Law, and my Bible.”
“Especially fond to me are the memories of old days when I could visit in person or listen on tape to Mr. [Otto] Scott and Dr. R.J. Rushdoony (now with the Lord) as they would wax eloquent on subjects as diverse as the moral inadequacies of jazz, to the glories of haggis, to an exposition on the book of Romans.” On page 61 of The Institutes of Biblical Law, Rushdoony writes: “The background of Negro culture is African and magic, and the purposes of magic are control and power… Voodoo or magic was the religion and life of American Negroes. Voodoo songs underlie jazz, and old voodoo, with its power goal, has been merely replaced with revolutionary voodoo [‘civil rights’], a modernized power drive.” The footnote on that page: “See, for the voodoo background of jazz, Robert Tallant, Voodoo in New Orleans (New York: Collier Books, 1946, 1965).”
On his blog, Doug wrote, “The influence of [Rushdoony] on twentieth century thought was vast and extended to many who drew heavily from his writings though they were unwilling to formally associate with him because of his vigorous advocacy of biblical law.” Gee, you think so? More than likely, it was due to his virulent racism and anti-Semitism, but those things are apparently no problem for Doug Phillips. That’s why Doug sells Rushdoony’s materials.
Doug Phillips considers R.J. Rushdoony to be one of the greatest men of the 20th century. Rushdoony was a very close friend of the Phillips family and was personally responsible for Howard Phillips’s conversion from Judaism.