Liberty is not just the absence of government control over the lives of individuals. You could live in a society free from any kind of government overreach and still not have liberty.  Any form of government will fail without this key being used in that society.

 

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  1. Morality, if true morality, is essential to liberty.

    However, it is important to note that many churches only want their followers to accept their version of morality. There is a sadistic strain of authoritarianism in many christian souls and leaders. They would have you believe that we must do wrong to others in order to convince them to capitulate to the desired “moral”, whether true or not. When these shallow minds have gained what they believe to be real power over society, they have all too often then used that power to cause atrocities against honest people. Consider the hundreds of years that the Catholic church tortured and murdered the saints under the guise of “morality” and “duty” to god and church, or rather, the social authoritarianism of pretended morals. When some of these wicked persons brought a woman caught in adultery to Jesus, he did not condemn the woman, but those that brought her. They had gone beyond the mark, attempting to uphold a personal moral standard with a greater evil than the sin that violated the moral standard.

    This video reveals some of these hypocrisies. And that is important to remember when discussing this topic, because it is easy… all too easy, to overshoot the mark, and accept an opposite, but just as extreme position as the ideology of no personal morality.

    It is vital to understand this because most of us fall into one group or the other, rather than the healthy middle of the equation. Many people are confused about being in a healthy middle ground of two extremes, thinking that is the same as being uncommitted, or gray, neither hot nor cold. But the correct middle of two wrongs is in that you use wisdom and logic and morals to guide your actions and beliefs in positive and productive ways that do not violate the individual’s rights and freedoms of choice, and NOT in sitting idle between two evils while not standing for anything of value at all.

  2. Well said, A B. Your post reminds me of the work done at letterstohannah.net, a thoughtful modern-day Christian philosopher who has brilliant insights and commentary which go way beyond the platitudes we hear most of the time. Fearless, subtly satirical and always politically incorrect.

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