The State vs. Christian Moral Values
by Scott Lazarowitz
Political activist Kevin Zeese has this article about the U.S. military’s imprisonment and solitary confinement of Army PFC Bradley Manning, suggesting that when the U.S. government persecutes alleged whistleblowers in such a manner, it is a warning to all of us that we ought not even think about revealing the government’s illicit acts. And Laurence Vance asks the question, “Is Libertarianism compatible with religion?” describing the relationship between Christianity and the political philosophy of libertarianism. Both Zeese’s and Vance’s articles are transcripts of speeches they had given recently.
To me, libertarianism is the political version of the philosophy Live and Let Live, while Christianity, from my understanding of it, is the religious expression of that philosophy. My own basic philosophies are, “Do unto others what one would want others to do unto you,” and “Don’t do unto others what one would not want others to do unto you.”
I believe in the libertarian view that advocates a society of voluntary associations and contracts amongst the people, and not a society of compulsory associations and contracts. Behaving peacefully is important, as is respecting the rights of others. Those rights include the right of the individual to be free from aggression, which means one must not be permitted to violate anyone else’s person or property – no theft (or fraud), no trespass, no physical aggression (except in defending and protecting oneself against previously-initiated aggression by others).
The Bush crusaders (now the Obama crusaders) who wanted to push their will onto others in foreign territories have not been “Christian” in the aforementioned sense. And supporters of the government’s use of violence, military destruction of property, the murder of innocents and the territorial occupation of foreign lands, cannot honestly claim to believe in Christian moral values.
And those who are rightfully angered when criminals hijack planes and murder 3,000 innocent Americans, but then advocate or condone the U.S. government’s own murders of innocents (in fact, hundreds of thousands of them) abroad, cannot honestly claim to believe in the philosophy, “Don’t do unto others what one would not want others to do unto you.”