The problem with protection of groups, religions, speech, gun rights, etc. through legislation is simple – A government that can decide who to protect can also decide who to abuse. Governments take away rights. They tell you what you can and cannot do in your life, with your property, with your business, with your money, with your family.
When anyone goes to the government to pass a bill to “protect their rights” they are putting their head in the lion’s mouth. As Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Our rights and freedoms come from our Creator, not from government. Governments ONLY get their power from what people give them. We have given our government too much. A government big enough to pass your bill today will pass one tomorrow that hurts you. If we want to treat each other properly, we will. If we want to discriminate, we will.
There are laws against murder, robbery and fraud. So those no longer happen right? In comes Indiana. It passed a bill similar to federal laws and laws in 20 other states. It is passed for religious freedom, but is being touted as anti-gay. Perhaps it is both, perhaps it is neither. The real issue is, that bill won’t change anything. I don’t want to drive people underground in their bigotry against religion or bigotry against gays. I would rather they freely express their opinions so I can choose not to support their businesses.
My prayer is that we can treat each other with love and respect because it is what is right, not keep running to the government to enforce morality. Think about it for a minute… Government as a source of morality? Really?