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First Amendment Advocate, Vol. 2, No. 1, June 2001

The Newsletter of the Oklahoma Chapter of Americans United


Daily Oklahoman Eulogizes Founder of Christian Reconstructionism


By Dr. Bruce Prescott


In a March 10, 2001 editorial entitled “Scholar, Pastor, Friend” the Daily Oklahoman eulogized Rousas John Rushdoony as “A man of rare grace . . . a scholar with a pastor’s heart. . . (whose) care extended not only to fellow Protestants, but also to Catholic friends influenced by his integrity.”


Rushdoony founded the rapidly growing Christian Reconstructionist movement that views democracy as heresy and promotes the establishment of a Christian theocracy in America. 


Rushdoony and his followers oppose democracy and religious liberty because,  ”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 and his followers advocate:



replacing the Constitution with the Bible


making the ten commandments the law of the land


reducing the role of government to the defense of property rights


requiring “tithes” to ecclesiastical agencies to provide welfare services


closing prisons – reinstituting slavery as a form of punishment and requiring capital punishment for incorrigibility in children, apostacy, blasphemy, murder, rape, Sabbath breaking, sodomy, and witchcraft, 


closing public schools – making parents totally responsible for the education of their children,  and


creating a society in which women are not equal to men, have no authority over men, and all live in patriarchically ordered families.


Among prominent Oklahoman’s sympathetic to Reconstructionism are State Representative Bill Graves who has published articles in Rushdoony’s monthly journal, the Chalcedon Report


To learn more about Christian Reconstructionism visit their website at

Or, see “Prophets of a Biblical America,” in the April 12, 1989 issue of the Wall Street Journal.



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