Rightwing group pays, church crosses thrown in dumpsters
this was - and still might be - good material for a counterattack. [ see here for Frederick Clarkson's rundown of the wider context of this story ]
Where am I going with this ?
Why should you care ?
Well, to illustrate and build towards my point, here's another quiet bombshell, little publicized and in its own way enormous : the influence of the Chalcedon Foundation, and what that foundation actually advocates and what it's founder, R.J. Rushdoony, actually wrote, including his views on the Holocaust:
For one thing, R.J. Rushdoony was a "Holocaust minimizer" : he thought the mainstream cited death toll was a lie and that the actual death count was far less - hundreds of thousands rather than millions. Rushdoony's view has recently come into the spotlight following a recent Mother Jones magazine special edition :
focusing solely on the Christian theocratic right - and which acknowledges the central role played by the Chalcedon Foundation
Here's a plug on that, also, by R.J. Rushdoony's son Mark ( who - essentially - inherited the family business, or project ) :
After the Reagan landslide, Newsweek published a feature article on "Who's Who" in the Religious Right. Under "think tanks" only one group was listed -- Chalcedon. [ emphasis mine, quote from "Engaging the Enemy: R.J. Rushdoony's Role in the Culture Wars", by Mark Rushdoony ]
Yes indeed - the small group of dedicated researchers who have for decades been tracking the rise of the Christian right movement ( usually described also as "theocratic" and also "supremacist" - both accurate descriptors ) would on the whole very much agree with Mark Rushdoony : Chalcedon HAS been central.
Mark Rushdoony also makes no attempt to deny journalist John Sugg's characterization of R.J. Rushdoony's statements on the Holocaust:
"Rushdoony opined about what he calls the "false witness" of Germany's responsibility for the Holocaust. He dismissed the accuracy of 6 million Jews being slain, suggesting it was likely only a fraction of that number,
Now this is explosive stuff. First, if you'd been a follower of John Gorenfeld, you'd already have known - long ago - about the "Dumpstered church cross" story ( or scandal ).
And very recently ( yesterday, in fact), if you'd been reading Talk To Action you might have caught the unusual, and possibly unprecedented, exchange - between dueling blogs, Chalcedon's and Talk To Action - that occured in the aftermath of John Suggs' calling-out of R.J. Rushdoony's writing on the Holocaust. R.J. Rushdoony is considered by many the ideological and theological patriarch of the Christian Theocratic movement, and this may well be the first time a sustained spotlight has been trained on his views concerning the Holocaust.
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