Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Idahoan "Conservatives" at Work Again: Please just try and think straight for a while.

I said it before, and I'll say it again: in the case of tonight's issue, right wing methods are the best way to achieve even (shockingly) what conservatives say they want. This morning I found out about this, seemingly conservative effort:
BOISE – Idaho could enact a "covenant marriage" law to discourage divorce, encourage more premarital counseling, rethink domestic violence restraining order laws and require a "family impact statement" on every legislative bill, if the Legislature follows up on all the recommendations of its "Family Task Force."

...Divorce can be granted only for a few reasons, including adultery, abuse and felony incarceration.

-Spokesman Review, Jan. 2, 2008
Conservatives say they want to improve marriages and increase the stability of families, but using the blunt instrument of the law to legislate the world toward your preferences and hi-jacking religious institutions for political purposes is what liberals do, guys; not us.

I prefer the right-wing way: engage fellow Idahoans in viable relationships in order to change hearts and minds by convincing people that good marriages are worth working hard for. Work on your own marriage and offer it as a model (like my wife and I do). Get involved in charity work, counseling, community service, ministry, and community events in order to serve people and build relationships. We don't need more laws. Legalism is impotent to grow things that can only be sprouted from individual human wills.

1 comment:

  1. Amen! The only true answer to these things is the gospel. People love to say "you can't legislate morality". While, of course, they are incorrect - ALL legislation is the legislation of morality, I think the fundamental point of what they are getting at is correct. That legislating morality just doesn't work that well.


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