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Who's God gets to dictate what our laws should be?

IF you believe that religious beliefs should come in to play when writing or enforcing laws - who's God, or which version or who's God - gets to dictate those laws?

It's easy to say the majority rule, but how can that work? When there are so many different beliefs and translations for each religion?

Gay or Plural marriage for example. MANY Christians are against the idea - but many others don't believe that is really something their God would be upset by. And many other religious groups simply support the option. SO, who is the majority? The largest religious group? The largest groups of people, regardless of religious beliefs? Or should something else dictate laws?

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SabrinaMBowen

Asked by SabrinaMBowen at 1:38 PM on Aug. 6, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • Personally, I don't think religion should have anything to do with politics. I
    gnovinger

    Answer by gnovinger at 1:41 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • None. Gods have no place in dictating that laws of man. Using them as your own persoanl guide is fine.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 1:42 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Logic and the well being of all people should dictate laws. Religious rules can be enforced in the family and home o individuals if they choose. One religion making LAWS for all is very unjust.
    jus1jess

    Answer by jus1jess at 1:42 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • There is only 1 God. There is His law and man's law. If you are in conflict, who would you obey?
    Gene_Godwin

    Answer by Gene_Godwin at 1:45 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Religion should have absolutely nothing to do with laws and politics.
    older

    Answer by older at 1:49 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • First off, Gene, not all of us believe there is only one God. And Second off, not even those who do can agree on what his laws are... Which is the main point here. So WHO gets to decide what those laws are and what they are? And why should someone who doesn't believe in that God at all have to follow them?
    SabrinaMBowen

    Comment by SabrinaMBowen (original poster) at 1:51 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Actually, there is not only one god. Christianity isn't even the predominant religion on this planet.

    This country was founded on religious freedom. There is no role for a god in making laws or in equal rights.
    aliceinalgonac

    Answer by aliceinalgonac at 1:59 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • I firmly believe in one God and his rules. With that being said I believe as a nation that the majority should rule. That is the way the country is set up. The majority elects our President even if you don't agree with who it is. The majority pass/fail school levies, etc. I don't like who is President but I will put up with him until the next election and vote against him. If the majority choose to vote for him then I'm out of luck. It's the way it goes. I do not agree with the judge that decided to overturn the majority vote in CA. It was their right to vote and the majority overwelmingly decided not to allow gay marriages. Their will should have stood. The same should have been if they had voted for gay marriages.
    baconbits

    Answer by baconbits at 2:04 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • It was their right to vote and the majority overwelmingly decided not to allow gay marriages.

    No, the "majority" was less than a 1% margin. A good number of those people will never bother to show up again to vote in their lives, and only did because this was on the ballot and their church hammered it into them. Others who don't normally vote would probably have done the same, in the opposite direction, if they'd known the vote was taking place. A handful of votes out of the handful of people who bothered to vote decided not to allow gay marriages, and they were intentionally organized by their churches to go vote that day. That's not a measure of the will of the people, it's a measure of the carpool organizing skills of some churches.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:31 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • So by your reasoning a judge should overturn Obama being our president due to ACORN and their drive to get people to get out and vote for him. Once a person is in a voting booth no one know who or what you vote for. I know that our church encourages us to vote in each and every election what we feel is in our heart. They never encourage us to vote for one person over another but rather to do what we feel God would have us do. Same with issues.
    baconbits

    Answer by baconbits at 3:09 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

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