CA Prop 8 Discussion Apr 8, 2009 15:51:55 GMT -5
Post by kchoya on Apr 8, 2009 15:51:55 GMT -5
Since when did favoring small government become the equivalent of, essentially, no government.
Those of us that think that less government is better think that government has grown too big and gotten itself entangled in too many areas where it not ought to be through the establishment and funding of programs after program after program.
This is a lot different than the government taking the position on marriage, civil unions, etc. This is akin to saying "small government" people can't be in favor of the embargo on Cuba. There's a difference between policy stances and establishing programs that need my tax dollars to function.
Bonus points for why religion should automatically be excluded from any such debate? Is not a valid basis upon which to base one's opinion. This is a christian nation after all (or is it, Mr. President?).
This IS not a Christian nation. It WAS founded on Christian principles. Those principles remain extremely valuable to many people, and even I would agree, likely guide a lot of what we do and who we see ourselves as. But to say that the nation is itself "Christian" is wrong. Everyone likes to say "We were founded on Judeo-Christian principles," so we ARE Christian. OK. We were also founded on the backs of enslaved blacks. Does that mean we ARE "slave-owning" or a forever "racist Nation"? I would argue no.
And you don't get to argue that religion is a legal justification for something because...really? Does this require an explanation? Why our laws should not track YOUR religion?
In terms of small government, I agree with whoever above said that government should be out of the marriage business altogether.
It was founded as a Christian Nation and I think it remains so. And the founding fathers and politicians since would agree.
I'm utterly confused as to your second paragraph. You really need an editor.