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Jason Holliston
Tuesday, March 29, 2005  
The Nature of American Morality

With the Schiavo case in the news round-the-clock, and all the accusations of "the religious trying to take over this country!", I've been thinking a lot about the nature of morality -- specifically, the root of American morality. This particular news story really brought it out in relief for me:

Death sentence by jury that discussed Bible thrown out

DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- Ruling that juries cannot turn to the Bible for advice during deliberations, a divided Colorado Supreme Court threw out the death penalty for a convicted murderer because jurors discussed Bible verses.

So, is it wrong to "push Christian morality" upon others? Remember that many of our laws are based upon Christian morality, or probably more accurately, upon universal morality. Why can't I kill someone? Why can't I steal someone's car? Why are the laws, well, laws? They are there because they have been agreed upon by our society at large to be necessary for a country where its citizens may enjoy life, liberty and pursue happiness, right? Our country, for the most part, was not founded by Christians, but by deists. They still laid down that statement that this is a country founded under God, and that its government would serve its people, as the dignity of Man demanded. They still used the Bible as a reference book, as it were, of how a healthy society must be run, combining it with the results of the Enlightenment and the attitudes of the British Reformation.

This post is more of myself trying to work things out then a finished product. I welcome thoughts on the subject. I find this wholesale rejection of anything smacking of religion (specifically Christianity) to be historically wrong and downright dangerous. On one hand you have the judges putting the 10 Commandments behind them, larger than life, and on the other, you have judges doing flat-out crazy things like the above example. Neither of which jibe with what I understand to be the source of the morality of what this country was founded upon: the individual liberty of Man and his inherent dignity, as granted by God, since we were made in His image.

Without that dignity, what source does liberty spring from?

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