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These outdated, antiquated, medieval humbugs are ideas that need to be relegated into history where they belong.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.