« on: April 19, 2006, 08:21:12 PM »
This is actually an offshoot of the same-sex marriage thread that I thought was worthy of its own thread. On that thread, deltaHUSL posted: "i disagree with it on a moral basis as a catholic, but if the court finds the right to privacy covers it, so be it."
I found being confronted with this kind of decision interesting, especially in today's political climate, so I responded (below) before just deciding to paste it here on a new thread.
How do you personally deal with your religious beliefs being abridged when it comes to the rights of others? As a law student you surely must also have some appreciation for the importance of individual rights. I'm just curious how you manage to balance this conflict. Or anyone of any religion for that matter.
Just so you know where I am coming from, I am personally about as non-religious as they come. I think that the singlemost tangible effect of organized religion is divisiveness and the ironic spread of hate through conflicting messages of love. I believe that morality exists independently of religion and is not necessarily a product of it. Please understand that I would never push this view on anyone and I afford all due respect to those who choose to practice an organized religion. My own grandparents have both gone to church and Sunday school their whole lives and I don't think I will ever meet their equal in terms of selflessness and compassion for others. Yet the nuts and bolts of organized religion is not something that I can fully understand.
Anyway, what I really want to know is how someone of faith in America reconciles this belief with a belief in American government. There are many very outspoken Christians these days but unfortunately many of them are also relatively uneducated so it's often hard to get a truly objective viewpoint. This is just my experience so please don't take it the wrong way. I know this is not ALL Christians. It is just a simple fact that most of any population is not going to be college-educated and Christianity just happens to be the majority religion in this country. I know that there ARE also educated people who are religious which is what I assume you to be. It just follows that since there are fewer educated people there are also fewer religious educated people.
So anyway, I am just curious. To admit to holding Catholic beliefs while at the same time giving deference to the judicial system (though I don't think same-sex marriage is necessarily a right to privacy issue) is an interesting point of view. And what about sharing space with others of differing religious beliefs?
I understand that this can be a delicate subject and as you can probably tell, I'm trying to be as respectful as possible. I think intelligent law school students are mature enough to have this discussion so have at it. I am really interested in hearing opinions from students of the law who also have faith in a religion, so I hope it doesn't turn into bashing. If that happens, it will only drive away those whose opinion I want to hear in the first place.