16 November 2012

Uncommon Commentary #303: UC #282 Follow-Up

Libertarians have so excessive a regard for "liberty" that, although deploring the overall results of the latest US elections, they actually hail certain States' approval of ballot measures legalizing same-sex "marriage", even though this is contrary to natural law as well as to the moral law of every major religion. This demonstrates the divergence, which I pointed out in Uncommon Commentary #280, between libertarianism and Christianity; the New Testament tells people "… only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh…" (Gal. 5:13b) and "Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil…" (1 Peter 2:16a). I didn't point out in my previous anti-libertarian posting, however, that practicality is also at issue. One problem with a welfare state is that, as Margaret Thatcher once noted, there comes a point at which one just runs out of other people's money; likewise, the granting of more and more "rights" and "freedoms" cannot continue indefinitely, because the exercising of those "rights" and "freedoms" begins to violate the rights and freedoms of others. The Libertarian Party evidently has already entered that area of philosophical contradiction, for its platform of this year recognizes a right to life but also a right to induce abortion; how can anyone who doesn't suffer from multiple-personality disorder honestly reconcile those positions? (There are, of course, dishonest ways to do so, such as denying that an unborn human being is a human being, or acknowledging that an unborn child is human but declaring that he has not attained to whatever is meant by "personhood".)
Not only Christians, but also anyone else who has sense, ought to know that there is no right to do wrong.