By J. Jay Evenson
While many good people demand legislation regarding "morality" and want to make
it illegal to engage in any conduct or activity which they deem sinful or
immoral, they rush to defend "their Rights" to Freedom of Religion, according to
the First Amendment!
What would happen to our society if we adopted as LAWS some of the primary
beliefs of every religion? Could we live?
Under Catholicism, nobody could be divorced and remarried. Ditto for
Judaism and many other faiths. Such actions are immoral and sinful.
If the Mormons could make the laws for everyone, all alcoholic
beverages would be immoral and outlawed.
Jehovah's Witnesses would have a law against blood transfusions.
Some Baptists and other preachers would have a law against dancing -
immoral - leads to sex.
Pentecostals would make it illegal for anyone to wear jewelry and it
would be against the law (sinful equals illegal) to wear make-up.
The Amish would ban all TV, radios, telephones, autos, airplanes and
computers - immoral - because these things make weak people out of us all. They
would also make education beyond an 8th grade level illegal.
Christian Science would make medical doctors illegal - medicines, too
would be against the law.
It would be a law that every male would be circumcised - and some religions
would even require that of women. Some religions would require the women to
cover their legs to the ankles or be branded immoral - and others would have
morality laws passed requiring all women to have their faces veiled. All men
would have to allow their facial hair to grow or they would be immoral.
Islam would prohibit money lending for profit and require a death penalty
for an adulteress - immoral.
Nobody would be allowed to have statues of religious figures - Pork would be
illegal and nobody would be allowed to kill a steer.
Of course, most would make it a morality law to smoke a cigarette, appear
nude before consenting adults, have sex with someone to whom you are not married
(by each religion's doctrine). Some would make it illegal to have any sex except
for the purpose of procreation - and that would have to be missionary style -
and with clothes on.
Nobody could conduct any form of business on Saturday and Sunday - or even do
their own chores.
Abortions? That would be considered murder, regardless of circumstance - even
if it meant the mother would have to die!
Music? That, too, would be illegal - all types! Buddhists would... you
get the picture?
The Islamic faith also considers use of force (jihad), including
outright murder, a "moral act" when conducted for the purpose of bringing
non-believers or heretics to accept their religion.
MORALITY??????? Whose Morality????? In these United States we are
supposed to have laws within the limitations (limited government) written down
as our Constitution. But some people, including our lawmakers and judges, seems
to think "We the People..." created our government to tell us what our "Moral
Standards" should be.
THIS SHOULD BE THE ONLY MORAL STANDARD - People are free to do as they
please unless they cause actual harm to another. If harm is caused, the injured
party (or government acting on the injured party's behalf) should take action -
make a specific charge, prove the damage to the person injured, and allow the
accused to face their accuser.
If we are to take any other "Moral" attitude and pass it as law, then we must
adopt the moral beliefs, dogma, doctrines and tenets of all religions.