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#1 posted 08-04-2012 03:04 PM

The only thing I would quibble with is that I think we should look to our religious leaders to keep us on the straight and narrow, if indeed it is our choice to follow that path. The government should be limited, I think, to fixing potholes and keeping my pursuit of happiness from interfering inappropriately with yours.

Largely agree and probably only disagree over minor small points. The main issue is discovering what the societal issues can be which isn’t always the most obvious and then determining if such legislation will cause more harm then good. Making something like bestiality illegal harms very few people, it benefits animals and is better for the overall health of the society. Making homosexuality illegal harms a lot of people and since homosexuality doesn’t cause any significant harm and can actually be of benefit by creating stable family units that can adopt it is silly to legislate against. Churches can of course always make their own determination for their own denomination, and some blindly will.

Our Constitution does allow legislation of morality. The most famous case was the 19th amendment which prohibited the manufacture, transport, sale, and consumption of alcohol. It passed after a decades long movement by temperance groups which finally gathered enough support to amend the Constitution. As we all know, it failed miserably and was repealed when public sentiment shifted against it.

true but it was a valuable piece in showcasing the underlying abuses that were happening in the home by drunken husbands and fathers and helped to create and grow an atmosphere of understanding and intolerance for the abuses that has helped get us to this point. It can be a fairly fine line that the government has to walk in such legislation. Similar to our current war on drugs. Does making weed illegal create more issues then it solves, I’ve lost three friends to drunk drivers and one really mess himself up while drunk on a bicycle. Never had that issue with stoners, weed societally seems much less harmless then beer so tight regulations on both should be the methodology, beer probably where it should be and weed legalized to the same level. Same can’t be said for a lot of other drugs which would fail the harm/benefit test and therefor should remain illegal.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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