On the contrary, religion treats sex as a beautiful thing - inside of marraige. [I would suggest you read Song of Solomon, for an example of erotic love in scripture]. It is when sex is treated as *cheap* that women and men do not realize their worth, leading to all manner of depression, and immorality. The 50% divorce rate is a sad testament to this culture of cheap sensuality over lasting love and commitment.
How many can say
"Place me like a seal over your heart,
Like a seal upon your arm,
For love is as strong as death,
Its jealousy unyielding as the grave,
It burns like a blazing fire,
like the very flame of the Lord.
Many waters cannot quench love;
Rivers cannot sweep it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of one's house for love
it would be utterly scorned"
In a world where marraige is treated like an easily broken contract, sex is handed out like a freebie, a woman's body and heart is not cherished, and chastity is looked down upon? Even the Romans, with all their excesses, highly respected the virtue of chastity!
Guns are tools, they cannot fire without a person using them. One does not need a gun to kill. While you may be willing to give up essential liberty for the idea of perceived safety (and how the idea of criminals having guns, vs. trained citizens, is safe is beyond me), the only way you may suceed in this endeavor is by constitutional amendment.
All attempts at going around the constitution, via UN treaties or local laws, are illegal. While you may find these intrusions to your liking at the moment, what happens when government intrudes upon a liberty you wish to *keep*?
Our government is not the granter or remover of liberties [like Canda's constitution has]. It is only the protector of libterties.
A citizen, politician or otherwise, is free to engage in the public or private worship or God [Such as early presidents like Adams and Washington calling for optional days of prayer, fasting, or thanksgiving to God, often on the encouragement of congress, or Benjamin Franklin calling the Continental congress to prayer, or Jefferson attending church in the U.S. Capitol Building]. They are not free to enforce the mandatory worship of God on anyone else, or penalties for not worshiping God. Likewise, an irreligious politician is free to not worship God as he pleases, but may not enforce irreligion, or enact penalities for worshiping God and the particulars of any given faith.
It is understandable that religious people are active in politics, considering that it was Christians in the vast majority which founded America - not to give up their faith, but to be free from the opressive yoke of England. There was not a divide between the religious and the revolutionaries - indeed, not only were many pastors and churches involved, but most of the founders themselves were christian and had a great deal of Biblical knowledge. They did not come to start a theocracy, but rather to create a country where they would be free to excercise their faith (even in the public sphere, which was not allowed in Britain) without reprisal for having differing views than their neighbor or the government.
If you feel "guilt" for any action of yours, you must consider whether it is false guilt [such as someone trying to make you appease *their* conscience] or genuine guilt due to conviction: your spirit within you is telling you that, indeed, you are doing something wrong. Blaming the messenger then becomes futile, like yelling at the fireman whose telling you to get out of the burning house.
Forcing a religious group or religious person to violate their faith, and either abstain from religious activity (such as prayer where people might hear or see!), or conversly engage in something opposed to their beliefs (like supporting murder), is directly contrary to the constitution; The government may not restrict the free excercise of religion in any way.
Religion itself cannot grant the right to murder, steal, or enslave (supercede other natural rights granted by God), of course, but that is not due to the restriction of government, but that religious freedom runs into a natural limit.
Lastly, no amount of yelling at the religious right or at christians is going to make them support murder.
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