Movers and Shakers – 11 – The Chalcedon Foundation

Chalcedon Foundation

The Chalcedon Foundation is a think tank founded by Reconstructionist, Rousas Jouh Rushdoony in 1965. Rushdooney is the guru of the Dominionist realm. The Foundation publishes books, newsletters and reports which are all geared toward advancing the theological teachings of the Reconstructionist movement. The role of influence of this Foundation of Christianity on politics is staggering.

Since the elder Rushdooney’s death, Mark Rushdooney, his son, has been heading up the Foundation, and it has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center because of its anti-homosexual stand.

Gary North, author and famed economist, as well as Rushdooney’s son-in-law, is a long-time follower of Rushdooney along with Nelson Bunker Hunt, oil billionaire who has made heavy contributions to the Foundation.

According to Wikipedia:

The Chalcedon Foundation describes itself as a Christian educational organization oriented toward promoting Christian reconstruction, emphasizing the Cultural or Dominion Mandate. The Foundation’s founder, Rousas John Rushdoony, who is known as “father of Christian Reconstruction” theology, advocated the imposition of Old Testament laws. Newsweek magazine described the Chalcedon Foundation as “a think tank of the Religious Right, including the Moral Majority.  Rushdoony himself claimed that his movement had 20 million followers, although not all of them are members of an organization.”

The Chalcedon Foundation takes the position that the entire Bible is the inerrant word of God and that the Old Testament is to be taken just as seriously as the New Testament. They believe that the Bible should be adopted and enacted as law, including Scriptures which call for the death penalty for homosexuals, disrespectful children, adultery, and lying.

They advocate Christian Dominion over the world and have played a major role in shaping what has become the contemporary Christian Right.  They have been implementing a political strategy to accomplish a Theocracy in the United States.  Rushdooney and North were both major supporters of the John Birch Society. North has been instrumental in furthering Ron Paul’s bid for the Presidency.

As avid as they are in their anti-homosexual stance, they are rabid about homeschooling believing  “that the right place for a child’s education is his home, and the right teachers are his parents”.

The viewpoints and policies of the Foundation are, indeed, Draconian. The Chalcedon Foundation has had enormous influence on Christian beliefs, legislative policy, and our elections in this country. Additionally, the influence of Gary North cannot be minimized.

Another follower of Rushdooney and his brand of Theology is Gary DeMar, who left the Foundation to head-up American Vision, which operates as a Christian ministry and calls for “equipping and empowering Christians to restore America’s biblical foundation.”

American Vision is a training ground for parents, teachers, pastors and activists “in developing family-oriented biblical worldviews.  According to Wikipedia:

“DeMar has written that “The Bible attributes self-consciousness to preborn babies.” American Vision is opposed to abortion.  The group maintains that the First Amendment’s demand that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” means that Congress may not establish a state religion. The group maintains that the First Amendment does not prohibit members of Congress from making laws that are in submission to the Bible.

 DeMar has said that not all homosexuals would be executed under a “reconstructed government” but that he did believe that the occasional execution of “sodomites” would serve society well because “the law that requires the death penalty for homosexual acts effectively drives the perversion of homosexuality underground, back into the closet.”

American Vision has published over 175 books, DVD’s, Cd’s, and Mp3’s. They host an annual Worldview Conference featuring many speakers from the religious right and the Constitution Party.

While much of this seems to fit on the extreme fringe, there are millions who follow and adhere to this movement. Their influence and their dollars impact our political landscape every day in a way that most Americans never know about.  When we hear about someone like Roy Moore, the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who refused to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building, we tend to believe that this is just some senile Judge who resides on the fringe of society. When we think that way, it’s a little easier to stomach. But, the truth is, there are lots of Roy Moore’s, Gary DeMar’s, and Rushdooney’s. And they are shaping the political landscape an acre at a time – unless we stop writing them off as resident looney’s and heed the warning signs.

 

DeMar also wrote a “long-term goal” should be “the execution of abortionists and parents who hire them”. Islam is another enemy; in August 2010 he said that “the long-term goal of Islam is the abolition of our constitutional freedoms.”

 

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