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Why Won't Conservatives Just Drop Social Issues?

SpaceVegetable Wrote: Oct 23, 2012 5:33 PM
I have to disagree. You claim it's your rights being infringed, yet others feel the same about their own rights. Whose rights take precedence? If you claiming "your rights" infringes upon mine, who "wins"? The problem here is that government has no business preferring religious rights over secular. You can argue about separation of church and state all you like, but we are free in this country to worship as we choose or *if* we choose. I agree that public money should not be funding electives like birth control, but they also shouldn't be funding Viagra or Nativity displays on the town common. I don't want my money paying for religious things just as you don't want them paying for things your religion opposes. Unfortunately, the rule...
Anominus Wrote: Oct 23, 2012 6:51 PM
"The problem here is that government has no business preferring religious rights over secular."

At the same time, the government has no business preferring secular over religious. Once again, the government may not interfere with religion, but there is no ban against religion influencing government.
erick24 Wrote: Oct 23, 2012 8:56 PM
You have that partly correct! The founders recognized that rights given by government can be taken away by men. That is why they specifically mention "nature's God", "Blessings, and "Creator" in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Atheists embraced Darwin's theory and sought to supplant belief in God with belief in man. Ungodly men infiltrated our government, and the courts and took God and prayer out of the schools. God has given over disobedient humans to perversions and possession by Demons. If you are old enough, you can see it almost everywhere today.
Just as God allowed ancient Israel to be punished and conquered, so He will allow us, if we do not return to Him.
SpaceVegetable Wrote: Oct 23, 2012 5:37 PM
... of law is on my side. How can you possibly feel that other people having rights is somehow infringing upon your rights? It's a completely leftist point of view, where government ensures "fairness" for everyone.

These religious issues are the main reason so many of us are Independents and not Republicans. As a fiscal conservative, I really don't mind much if government entitlements pay for contraception and abortion because it's far less expensive than paying for the results otherwise.

You are free not to use public schools if you disagree with them, but forcing schools to teach your religious views is wrong, since it tramples the rights of those who simply disagree with you.
Anominus Wrote: Oct 23, 2012 6:56 PM
As far as the right to marry, in order to prove that there is any inequality here, you would first need to prove that people are being denied the right to marry where a right currently exists. The fact of the matter is that all people already have the right to marry, but as with many laws, there are certain requirements and qualifiers, all of which have a purpose and are applied equally across the board.

Homosexuals are free to marry someone of the opposite sex, appropriate age, and disparate lineage who offers consent - just like everyone else. As such, there is no inequality, homosexuals simply have chosen to enter a relationship not legally qualified for marriage according to society. Hence, no marriage.

Good question, and one that was asked of me by a conservative veterinarian friend of mine last week. He is completely on board with conservative fiscal principles, (when applied), but he doesn’t understand WHY we on the “Religious Right” are still concerned about abortion, gay marriage, etc. “You need to drop it”, he said.

Let me try to explain why we don’t and why we shouldn’t. Those of us on the Religious Right, contrary to popular belief, are not interested in taking away rights from those who disagree with us. We’re just trying to maintain what rights we have left....

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