Here is a great column by my friend David Limbaugh in response to those who criticize people such as Mike Huckabee or Mitt Romney for allegedly infusing their religious views into politics. But, of course, Huckabee and Romney are not trying to legislate religion on anyone– they want to legislate morality which is what everyone in politics is trying to do (including political liberals).
Religion has to do with our duty to God, but morality has to do with our duty to one another. No one wants to require by law when, where, how, or if you must worship. That would be legislating religion. But everyone in politics is trying to tell you how you ought to treat one another, and that’s legislating morality.
Even on abortion– the most divisive issue of the day–, both sides want to legislate or impose morality. The pro-life side wants to impose continued pregnancy on the mother. But the pro-abortion side wants to impose death on the baby whenever abortion is chosen. Both sides argue from moral positions (a right to life/a right to “choose”) and want to impose it via law. When Hillary Clinton, for example, argues that a woman has a right to choose, she is arguing from a supposed moral position. The problem for Hillary is that there should be no “right to choose” the death of another innocent human being. The right to life is the right to all other rights– if you don’t have life you don’t have anything. What do you think Hillary would want the law to be if we could put her back into the womb?
The criticism of politicians like Huckabee and Romney could be answered if they would just distinguish between religion and morality. Most moral principles are consistent with religious teachings, but that doesn’t prevent us from legislating them. If you couldn’t legislate a moral value because it’s found in the Bible, then we couldn’t have laws against murder, rape, and theft! In fact, nearly every good law we have is in some way consistent with one of the Ten Commandments.
Recommended resources related to the topic:
Legislating Morality: Is it Wise? Is it Legal? Is it Possible? by Frank Turek (Book)
Dr. Frank Turek (D.Min.) is an award-winning author and frequent college speaker who hosts a weekly TV show on DirectTV and a radio program that airs on 186 stations around the nation. His books include I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist and Stealing from God: Why atheists need God to make their case
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