Legislating Immorality

by Robert Arvay          

Personally, I regard homosexuality more as a dysfunction of the brain than a moral failure. Homosexual people probably do not choose their predispositions. What can be chosen, however, is whether to accept or reject the claims of so-called gay rights activists that this disorder is to be celebrated, and that its victims should be given the right to redefine marriage.

Western culture has always been about freedom – but it has never been about license. Freedom from slavery under Egypt’s pharaoh did not translate into freedom to worship the Golden Calf. To use a secular principle, freedom of speech does not include the freedom to commit fraud.

The Constitution embodies the highest ideals of thousands of years of Western civilization and culture. It embodies them, it is founded upon them, but it does not and cannot replace them. That is why John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” The Constitution does not give us rights; it merely recognizes our God-given rights. It is an instrument designed to help protect those rights.

Even though the Constitution never directly mentions God, its ideals are deeply rooted in the traditions of Judaism and Christianity. It is consistent with its forbearer, the Declaration of Independence, wherein it is declared that human beings are, “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” It does not say that they are “permitted by their government to exercise certain negotiable rights.”

Without this clear acknowledgment that human rights come from the Supreme Being, one would instead have to concede that all human rights are conditional upon whatever is the current structure of power, the particular fad of the moment. Subjective rights are not rights at all, but merely temporary, revocable privileges.

Unfortunately, secular liberals disagree with the Declaration, and their disagreement is emphatic. Indeed, the false idea – the idea that government is the source of our rights – is at the very heart of secular liberalism.

To recognize that human rights come from God is to affirm that there is indeed a God, and that His commandments are not subordinate to the whimsy of men, but are absolute and eternal. It is to affirm that we can neither add to nor subtract from God’s word, except at great peril.

If the Constitution could stand apart from the centuries of religious context which gave rise to it, then it could be imposed upon any nation, with exemplary results. But it is clear from history and from current events as well, that no document can transform an unjust nation into a just one. Taken in isolation, no written embodiment of ideals can save a people who do not adopt those ideals as their own. Were it otherwise, the US Constitution could have been forced upon the nations of Iraq and Afghanistan, and today they would be shining examples of religious freedom. Sadly, despite our best efforts, those nations remain dark examples of religious intolerance and sectarian brutality, where women are oppressed, and free speech is stifled.

It is vital then, to understand and embrace not only the written words of the Constitution itself, but also its underlying values. Its words are indispensable, but they are an edifice which rests upon an equally indispensable moral foundation, the foundation provided to us by God.

To be sure, the religious foundations of the Constitution must never be twisted so as to institute a state religion. But neither must those foundations be undermined with imported values that are in contradiction to the Constitution. Sharia law is, for example, a deadly injection into the national culture, a perverse distortion of religious freedom. The determined and persistent efforts to slip it into civil law must be aggressively countered. Likewise, contrived rights, such as those which redefine marriage, will undermine both the written and unwritten ideals of the nation. Immorality will, as Phil Robertson warns us, ‘morph outward from there.’

There is room for honest debate as to how moral values should be enshrined into written law, and which cannot be. It is wisely said that morality cannot be legislated – but it is equally true that immorality can indeed be legislated, and many laws do exactly that. Forcing landlords to rent to unmarried couples, forcing professional photographers to accommodate homosexual weddings, and requiring pharmacists to supply abortifacient drugs are just a few examples that come quickly to mind.

In the near future, licensing of brothels in all fifty states may become mandatory. Providing clean injection centers for drug addicts may be considered a right of addicts, and an obligation of the taxpayer. A requirement that grade schools teach homosexual propaganda will likely be enacted. To varying degrees, all of this has already occurred. If no line is drawn, a line based in Christian morality, then there will be no line at all. The morphing of destructive immorality into national destruction will become a tragic reality.

With freedom comes the duty to do good. That duty requires us to reject the false and destructive values of the Golden Calf.

Robert Arvay is a Contributing Writer to The Patriot’s Notepad

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