Please Sir, I have a question…

religious-symbols-t8326If I am an atheist, why do I need to obey the laws of a church dominated government?

What I mean is, the government makes many laws that are based on Christian ethics and teachings, why should I adhere to these if they don’t apply to me or my beliefs?

Or, for that matter, laws based on Muslim, Jew, etc, why do the adherents of these religions need to obey Christian values?

Should the government not make the law for everybody based on common values, rather than laws directed by the church/es?

The hot topic of the moment that demonstrates my query is homosexual marriage; why should the church tell the government that it’s not permissible? For some it is permissible, therefore the law should reflect that.

Other issues like polygamy, the Christian church says no, so the law says it’s a crime, but there are people like Mormons and Muslims where it is permissible according to their beliefs. Should the law not reflect the wishes of the people in general and not just the views of one church?

Contraception is regulated, divorce is another thorny area, the abortion issue is like walking on glass, euthanasia even more dangerous; all these issues are personal decisions, right for the person that makes them, why should the church have a say in the making of laws that prohibit them?

If it’s right for the person making the decision, then there should be no interference on religious precepts.

These outdated, antiquated, medieval humbugs are ideas that need to be relegated into history where they belong. The world has moved forward from when these ideas were pertinent, but the church remains stoically in the dark ages and dictates to the state what should, and should not be.

In my opinion the state needs to be divorced from the church, it would save so much grief in the world.

For example, if the laws on abortion were taken off the books, and a person was free to choose whether or not to have one within medical guidelines, there would be no demonstrations that lead to violence and civil disruption. The answer is simple, if you are a Christian and don’t believe in abortion… then don’t have one.

In making the laws the personal beliefs of the politicians must be put aside, they are there to represent the people, ALL people, not just their fanatical religious following.

The religious right don’t own the world, the world should be a place for everyone.

 

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It’s a Puzzle

Homosexual-MarriageGay marriage, it’s a puzzle, Should gays get married? I think not. Marriage is an outdated custom and it should be relegated into the history books.

Even some straight people choose not to get married, they live in a partnership or de facto marriage, so why are gays busting a gut to get married?

Love is not dependent on marriage.

The whole issue is about equality and rights, not marriage. It is the law that determines marriage is essential for certain civil rights like pensions and health plans.

The laws should be changed so that these rights are on the same footing as straight de facto relationships then many gays will not need marriage. The paranoid religious right would then not even feel threatened, they can continue with their bigotry just as they always have.

In fact, many gays already are against marriage…

The gay people against gay marriage

After France’s first same-sex marriage, and a vote in the UK Parliament which puts England and Wales on course for gay weddings next summer, two US Supreme Court rulings expected soon could hasten the advance of same-sex marriage across the Atlantic. But some gay people remain opposed. Why?

“It’s demonstrably not the same as heterosexual marriage – the religious and social significance of a gay wedding ceremony simply isn’t the same.”

Jonathan Soroff lives in liberal Massachusetts with his male partner, Sam. He doesn’t fit the common stereotype of an opponent of gay marriage.

But like half of his friends, he does not believe that couples of the same gender should marry.

“We’re not going to procreate as a couple and while the desire to demonstrate commitment might be laudable, the religious traditions that have accommodated same-sex couples have had to do some fairly major contortions,” says Soroff.

Until the federal government recognises and codifies the same rights for same-sex couples as straight ones, equality is the goal so why get hung up on a word, he asks.

“I’m not going to walk down the aisle to Mendelssohn wearing white in a church and throw a bouquet and do the first dance,” adds Soroff, columnist for the Improper Boston.

“I’ve been to some lovely gay weddings but aping the traditional heterosexual wedding is weird and I don’t understand why anyone wants to do that.

“I’m not saying that people who want that shouldn’t have it but for me, all that matters is the legal stuff.”

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Opinion:

Neither the church, the government nor companies have any right to meddle in anyone’s relationships or sex life, whether they are straight or gay relationships, polygamy, etc or not.

Come on, as all humans, we are consenting adults, we can responsibly consent to what we want in the bedroom, what we see as best for us. We do not need antiquated laws from another time to dictate to us.

My opinion, is simply let people get on with their lives on an equal footing, what ever they choose.

The whole legal question needs a revamp. I have rights in society, at work and within the law, why can’t my neighbour have those same rights? Is he less human than me? If you answer ‘yes’ to that question, then maybe your rights should be legally truncated.

Expect to Get Shot

If you break into my house and I believe I am in danger, you will be shot!

No ‘ifs,’ ‘ands’ or ‘buts.’

If the law takes me to task over it, then the law is an ass!

Leicestershire homeowner questioned after suspected burglars shot

Couple arrested over shooting of intruders at house near Melton Mowbray had been robbed several times before, say family

Leicestershire police arrested a 35-year-old man and his wife, 43, after two men were treated for shotgun injuries. Photograph: Maurice Savage/Alamy

A homeowner is being questioned by police after he shot two suspected burglars at his remote house in Leicestershire.

The 35-year-old man and his wife, 43, were arrested after the break-in in the Welby area, near Melton Mowbray, in the early hours of Sunday.

It is understood he took a legally owned shotgun and shot two of the four intruders before calling police. He and his wife were arrested in Melton on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. Neither had been injured. The arrested man’s mother said the couple’s house had been broken into before. “They have been robbed three or four times,” she told the Sun. “One of them was quite nasty. They have not been injured but property has been stolen.”

Paramedics treated a man with shotgun injuries after the couple called police at about 12.30am, Leicestershire police said. It is understood that a second call was made by one of the suspected burglars. Later, a second man was treated for shotgun injuries after presenting himself at Leicester Royal Infirmary. The two men, whose injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, along with two others, were all arrested at the hospital on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

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Opinion:

I have absolutely no sympathy for those shot. They got their just desserts.

If a few more homeowners took this stance, there would be fewer burglaries, possibly fewer criminals to bludge off the country’s penal system too.

Criminality is becoming far too common. The courts far too lenient. Parents far too removed from the upbringing of their kids. The police far too bloody stupid that they arrest someone for protecting property, life and limb.

The rights of a homeowner to protect his home and family are inalienable, regardless of the petty law of the country, we are talking of a primordial right.

“director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer, said at the time that the current law was working well and did not need changing.” – The Guardian

Keir Starmer doesn’t qualify to be a village idiot. If the law was working then these felons wouldn’t have been breaking in to another’s home. The law does need changing.

 

Dignity or the Law?

“I am saddened that the law wants to condemn me to a life of increasing indignity and misery.”

Explaining the decision, Lord Justice Toulson, said both cases were “deeply moving”.

However he added: “A decision to allow their claims would have consequences far beyond the present cases. To do as Tony wants, the court would be making a major change in the law.

“It is not for the court to decide whether the law about assisted dying should be changed and, if so, what safeguards should be put in place.

“Under our system of government these are matters for Parliament to decide.”

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Opinion:

Human dignity, not worth a damn.

It is sad that  Lord Justice Toulson has taken this attitude. I would far more trust his ability to make an enlightened ruling than the sops that make up parliament, they couldn’t make a decision if their own lives depended on it.

 

What is Being Human?

The complex interactions of genes and environment mean that all citizens — equal before the law — possess different perspectives, dissimilar personalities, and varied capacities for decision-making. The unique patterns of neurobiology inside each of our heads cannot qualify as choices; these are the cards we’re dealt.

– David Eagleman

The Brain on Trial

The Unsustainability of Incarceration

Civilisation

“Before our white brothers came to civilize us we had no jails. Therefore we had no criminals. You can’t have criminals without a jail. We had no locks or keys, and so we had no thieves. If a man was so poor that he had no horse, tipi or blanket, someone gave him these things. We were too uncivilized to set much value on personal belongings. We wanted to have things only in order to give them away. We had no money, and therefore a man’s worth couldn’t be measured by it. We valued the exchange of love, so we did not deal in fear. We had no written law, no attorney or politicians, therefore we couldn’t cheat. We were in a really bad way before the white man came, and I don’t know how we managed to get along for millenniums without the basic things which, we are told, are absolutely necessary to make a current civilized society.”      
– Lakota Sage John Fire Lame Deer, “John Fire Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions”