Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives




Congress 2002 Issues
The Myth of Pluralism

Congress should
  • Ignore the voices of "multiculturalism," pluralism and secularism

The Myth of Pluralism

In a Christian nation such as America, people -- including atheists and Muslims -- are free to believe whatever they want.

Their actions, however, must conform to "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God." Non-Christian religions have no freedom in a Christian nation to act in ways which violate God's commands. This position was clearly enunciated by the U.S. Supreme Court a century ago. "Religious freedom" has always been limited to the space between one's ears. And it was Thomas Jefferson who made the distinction between beliefs and actions, and it was Jefferson the Supreme Court quoted in declaring that non-Christian religions do not have absolute religious freedom in America because America is "a Christian nation."

Most people never think about these facts. Give it just a little thought:

  • One morning you walk out front to get your newspaper and you see that your pagan next-door neighbor has built an altar on his front lawn and is preparing to rip the beating heart out of his young daughter's chest as a gift to his gods. Will you rescue the child -- and thereby "impose" your religious values on your "devout" neighbor -- or are you a "pluralist?"
  • You're in the voting booth. Candidate A promises to pass laws against murder, theft, and polygamy. Candidate B says he will keep his religion private, and will pass no laws against anyone who feels they need to
    • sacrifice their children to Moloch,
    • steal money from Christians to give to the Kali, the goddess of Chaos, or
    • accumulate multiple wives for "celestial marriage."
    Who would you vote for? Who would the men who signed the Constitution urge you to vote for?

Although members of these religions are free to believe anything they want, America's Founding Fathers believed that our nation's laws had to be based on "the Laws of Nature and of Natures God," that is, on the Christian Bible. If America is not to be based on the Christian religion, it will be based on some other religion.

All laws are public morality. They are nothing else but the use of force to compel someone to refrain from doing an act deemed immoral by the society that makes the laws. And all morality is based on a religion or a synthesis of religions. In our day the most powerful religions are Christianity and the religion of Secular Humanism.

Since a majority of Americans are not likely to vote for the Muslim religion, they will -- by default -- vote for the religion of Secular Humanism.

Today the government is the active proponent of the religion of Secular Humanism. Legislation must meet the standards of secularism ("the Lemon test"). Public discourse cannot be theistic, but it can be a-theistic. It's a double-standard, and it's unconstitutional.

Does this mean atheists and Buddhists will be jailed for false beliefs? Not by a Libertarian. Libertarians are committed to opposing the initiation of force. To confiscate the life, liberty or property of someone based only on their beliefs would constitute the initiation of force. (I wouldn't even support a law against polygamy if it meant violently separating a man from his wives and children.)

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