States Should Not Define American Values

Politics & Views 53

California_state_capitol-fisheyeThis country was founded under the idea that church and state shall remain separate; let’s hold American government to its promise. That promise is that  American values should be left to the individual citizens rather than having laws or government define them for us.

The fabric of this country is made up of vastly different values from household to household.  We are a country rich in diversity in our backgrounds, religious beliefs, and values. Since the values are so different, we should avoid having the state reconcile any differences in the varying definitions that we may have. When the state gets involved in defining moral conduct, it then becomes a decisive stance on which value will be honored.

The obvious example is the debate about  same sex marriage. Same sex marriage debate trickles down to the conversation of adoption, health care, and so much more.  

For example, only 18 states allow same-sex couples to adopt children. Even though many conservatives oppose laws such as these, Romney has stated with regard to gay adoption that “[i]n [his] view that’s something that people have the right to do, but to call that marriage is, in [his] view, a departure of the real meaning of that word. Obama is also a supporter gay adoption and recently made history when he stated that gay marriage was something he supported. Even though we have both nominees for president supporting gay adoption, many states still have laws in place that prevent the adoption.

By keeping state and church separate, we can have confidence that our constitutional rights will not be infringed upon. Allowing American values to be decided amongst individuals honors and respects the individual beliefs of the diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and cultures of all Americans.

This post is part of a weekly conversation with our Moms Matter 2012 political bloggers. To see the original question and what the other writers have to say, see "How Do We Best Sustain American Values?"

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cecil... cecilmansmom

news flash it was never freedom from religion which is what many here want it is freedom OF religion. There's a differance.

kelti... kelticmom

So if it's "freedom OF religion", how does that work if you are wanting to govern people of different religion or no religion at all according to YOUR particular religion? Hmmm doesn't seem very "free" to me.

cecil... cecilmansmom

I see you don't know the meaning of the word of. 

nonmember avatar kevobx

If the people of the world want truth and are tired of the weariness, come out of her, the churches. The church needs the people to pay their rent. The church runs the world it's a underground thing.

kelti... kelticmom

Freedom OF religion means that we are all entitled to practice our choice of religion or not practice at all without interference from the government. But when you start trying to put your particular religious beliefs into law, that is when it encroaches on everyone else's personal beliefs and lifestyles, and that my dear ma'am, is dangerous. And wrong.

cecil... cecilmansmom

Freedom OF religion means that we are all entitled to practice our choice of religion or not practice at all without interference from the government. 


 


exactly and that freedom is spose to be extended to us all but we see many times where it is the opposite that freedom is being taken away in order to practice freedom from. We all need to be allowed to practice our religion or lack there of and not face punishment of any kind

kelti... kelticmom

No one is trying to keep Christians from practicing their faith, Christians are trying to get Constitutional amendments passed to ban things they don't believe in. We live in a county with a church quite literally on every street. You have all the freedom in the world to believe what you believe. What you do not have the right to do is force it on everyone else, or legislate mortality.

kelti... kelticmom

I was raised in a Southern Baptist home, with a minister father and went to an Evangelical Christian school K-12, so I love a good debate on religion.

cecil... cecilmansmom

What you do not have the right to do is force it on everyone else, or legislate mortality. that is what is happening the Christian community is being forced to accommodate the ones that want an abortion and such by saying you now have to foot the bill by way of new taxes thax to one miss sandra fluke. That is wrong the Christians should have as much right to say no as others do to say yes.

kelti... kelticmom

If you can find me where my taxes are being used to pay for abortions, I will cede you that point. (Btw, I am pro-life). However, my original point still stands. Religious beliefs have no place in determining civil law. Cultural moral absolutes, yes. Religion specific tenets, no.

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