To Be Free Or Not To Be Free

December 4, 2011 § 1 Comment

In the midst of the Arab Spring and so-called American Winter, there is a perspective from which we should take a look.

No one wants to be suppressed or have their freedom limited.

As I type this post, individuals by the thousands are dying and risking their life for the essential rights granted to us not by any government or head-in-charge but by our Creator, so says the textbooks. So, since these rights were not granted to us any form of government, no form of government or law should hinder our rights and liberties.

People in Egypt are demonstrating against military rule after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, President of Egpyt for 30 years.

There is rising dissent in Iran for reform and true democracy.

The Syrian government is also guilty of murdering over 5,000 pro-democracy protesters since March when demonstrations began.

The underlying theme in all of this is liberty and freedom. Human beings yearn for this!

Your right to openly serve in the military shouldn’t be limited on a belief that homosexuality is wrong. Your liberty to consume marijuana in the privacy of your room shouldn’t be limited (especially by the federal government) on the belief that the substance is immoral. Muslims’ choice where to build a mosque shouldn’t be limited.

Arabians also shouldn’t receive extra scrutiny at airports like two of the GOP candidates propose.

The notion that liberty should be limited due to a difference of opinion or beliefs is preposterous; social conservatives believe in this notion.

Freedom of religion is another thing the Founding Fathers fought for. Not only is it unwise to govern according to any holy book, but it is also harmful and contradicting; the Bible is to the Koran in this sense. The age-old ideological and religious war between America (Christians) and the Middle East (Muslims) should be a constant reminder that we should not govern our nation according to a religion or holy book. America advocates democracy and the freedom, and selectively supports democratic reform overseas, but we can not battle their general belief (that the Koran and the law of land is one in the same) while exhibiting the same belief here.

Liberty and freedom underlies a lot of issues we are facing, both economic and social.

“Constitutional rights may not be infringed simply because of the majority of the people choose that they be.”

– U.S. Supreme Court Westbrook v. Mihaly, 1970

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