Jimmy Carter: Our Worst Ex-President
By Thomas E. Brewton
To give him the benefit of the doubt, former President Carter may
have Christian intentions, but he supports a major swath of the
atheistic materialism of liberal-socialist-progressivism.
While Franklin Roosevelt remains, without contest, our worst-ever
President, Mr. Carter is our worst living ex-President.
For a scholarly exposition of Jimmy Carter’s place in history, read
the <a href=”http://www.commentarymagazine.com/cm/main/
viewArticle.aip?id=10824″ title=”article”>article</a> by Joshua
Muravchik from the February issue of Commentary Magazine.
What emerges is the picture of a man prepared to present half-truths
and deliberately distorted versions of fact, a man ready to praise
the most loathsome of dictators, while denouncing the policies of the
As supplemental background on Mr. Carter’s actions, see <a
Elected?”>Democratically Elected?</a>, which describes one aspect of
the liberal paradigm espoused by Mr. Carter.
Another aspect of his liberalism is explained by Mr. Carter’s brand
of Christianity, which is more akin to the last century’s Social
Gospel movement than to the Bible-based traditions of Judeo-
With regard to the Social Gospel movement, the progenitor of Mr.
Carter’s quasi-Christian world view, I wrote in <a href=”http://
<i>Even before the 1917 Russian Revolution, leading universities in
the United States had begun a transition from the Christian roots of
our nation into atheistic, secular materialism in their teaching of
the so-called social sciences.
Nominally-Christian theological seminaries were in the vanguard of
the movement toward socialism. Rochester Theological Seminary’s
professor Walter Rauschenbusch, one of the best known socialist
spokesmen of his era, was a founder of the Social Gospel movement
late in the 19th century. Social Gospel was nothing more nor less
than socialism masquerading as Christianity.
Social Gospel embraced the avowed aims of socialism, which sound
similar to the results that flow from the Bible’s commandment to love
one’s neighbor as he would wish to have his neighbor love him. The
insurmountable problem is that socialism, and therefore Social
Gospel, is atheistic and materialistic, i.e., the antithesis of
Christianity and religious Judaism.
To believe that Social Gospel is true Christianity is to believe that
the Soviet dictatorship of the proletariat was truly democratic.
In “Christianizing the Social Order” (1912), Professor Rauschenbusch
“The Socialists found the Church against them and thought God was
against them, too. They have had to do God’s work without the sense
of God’s presence to hearten them…..Whatever the sins of individual
Socialists, and whatever the shortcomings of Socialist organizations,
they are tools in the hands of the Almighty…….Socialism is one of
the chief powers of the coming age……God will raise up Socialism
because the organized Church was too blind, or too slow, to realize
Two other prominent seminaries, among many others, were active
promoters of socialism. Their spokesmen also were nationally known
figures: Dr. Harry F. Ward of Union Theological Seminary in New York
and Dr. Bernard Iddings-Bell of St. Stephens College in Annandale,
Dr. Ward wrote “The New Social Order,” to express sympathy for
Socialism and to laud the Bolshevik revolutionary movement in Russia,
which he regarded as a desirable replacement for the Russian Orthodox
Christian Church. Dr. Ward also was chairman of the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU), which actively defended the terrorist tactics
of the radical IWW labor organization, whose members murdered more
than a dozen employees and executives of industrial companies they
sought to intimidate with demands for labor seizure of management
Dr. Iddings-Bell in “Right and Wrong After the War,” in this case
World War I, advocated Sigmund Freud’s version of Marxian
materialism, in which human life is controlled by hunger and the sex
urge. From this theory of secular and materialistic human nature, he
concluded that (1) private property should be abolished; (2) income
earned from investments, savings accounts, and rental property is
robbery; (3) the family as a social unit should be abandoned except
as a temporary arrangement for purely sexual relations.
In his sermon delivered on May 23, 1920, at the Cathedral of St. John
the Divine, Dr. Iddings-Bell gave his support to revolutionary labor
demands for abolishment of the wage system and control of industry by
communistic labor unions. He declared that the New Social Order had
arrived and that people were obliged to accept it. Among other
things, that meant that internationalism must replace American
That is essentially the foreign policy stance that Jimmy Carter
tirelessly promotes in his self-appointed role as diplomat
Thomas E. Brewton is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc.
The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of
writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets.
His weblog is THE VIEW FROM 1776