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Fewer Families, Less Religion -- and Less Freedom

nawlins72 Wrote: Dec 09, 2012 11:39 PM
Maybe Mrs. Liebau can explain to us why Europe had so many laws regarding behaviour during the centuries when Church and State were fused? If a strong religion negates the need for laws, then this would not have been the case.
Carl469 Wrote: Dec 10, 2012 7:38 PM
Some laws are not only useless but downright destructive.
nawlins72 Wrote: Dec 10, 2012 12:16 AM
And yet you made that very argument right above. Sad how conservatives cant even see the logical extensions of their own arguments.
Cleombrotus2011 Wrote: Dec 09, 2012 11:55 PM
That is the mantra of the modern day Liberal, not the Conservative.
nawlins72 Wrote: Dec 09, 2012 11:53 PM
The typical argument of a statist. "Sure, I know right from wrong but if everyone is free then others might not act as I wish. Best to force them to act as I say."
Cleombrotus2011 Wrote: Dec 09, 2012 11:46 PM
Laws are not only restraints but teachers. They tell the next generation what the standards are, and they, a moral and righteous people will voluntarily abide by them. However, a godless regime, like the one we now have, needs laws as restraints. A godless people have no internal restraints and must be bridled as a wild animal is.

The kind of limited government, democratic republic America has always been is possible for only two reasons: (1) The government isn't the sole (or even major) source of economic and social support for its citizens; and (2) Principles, ethics and incentives other than the simple fear of punishment has been effective in deterring anti-social behavior.

That's why it's so disconcerting to learn that two big factors in President Obama's re-election was his electoral dominance among both unmarried Americans (at an all time high) and the religiously unaffiliated (also growing ever larger).

The statistics about single voters are discouraging because...