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Natural rights exist outside the law. Just because the law allows them to be violated does not mean they are not being violated.The unborn do not have "human rights" under the LAW; therefore, rights that don't exist cannot be trumped by anything. (Rights come into existence at the point where the fetus can live outside the womb...personhood. Even the Republican state of Mississippi or Alabama refused to pass a "personhood" law applying to the unborn.)
Your first and last sentence contradict.The left does not maintain that higher taxes for those who make more is fair because it helps the poor. The left maintains that a progressive tax is fair because it's just FAIR (5% to someone with no expendable income means a lot more than 5% to someone with an expendable income of 90% of what they bring in). It is the country that has enabled the person to make the income; therefore, it is fair that they give a larger percentage of their income. They also maintain that it makes for a healthier economy, which history will back up. In other words, it is not true that giving Romney more $ to put in his Swiss bank account will make the American economy stronger and increase jobs. It WILL, however help the economy for poor and middle class people to have more expendable income, since they will SPEND that money on services and products, stimulating the economy and increasing JOBS.
But that's not true. There have been two very public cases of people being told they cannot exercise their religious freedom by not participating in gay marriage/union ceremonies. They have since been sued for maintaining their rights. Sued by the government. Gay marriage is 100% about religious freedom.It is not the left's position that secular values trumps religious freedom. Gay marriage of other people has nothing to do with your religious freedom.
With the exception that if you don't espouse the secular/scientific view the government won't give them a diploma.Evolution is science based; we want our citizens to be educated and knowledgeable in science and math. But you are free to believe in whatever you choose, since you have religious freedom.
[qoute]Our government is free from religious influence, since it is a CIVIL government.[/quote]
Absolutely false. You cannot be religious and live your professional life outside of that religion. So anyone, whether it is a low level government employee to the President, will have religious influences in their process. Our government is not free from religious influence. Our people are supposed to be free from religious persecution, though. That changed in the last year.
Part of the reason I say no government should regulate marriage is because you can't do it without forcing some or all religions and their patrons to recognize marriages that do not meet their beliefs.It does not interfere with anyone's right to believe and worship as they choose. However, a person's religious beliefs are not allowed to interfere with the civil government or others' beliefs. Law is civil. If we mix religion with it, should it be...muslim? Or Jewish? Or do you mean YOUR religion? This is why the country was set up initially to be secular but not interfere with religious beliefs. That is the Democratic Party Platform, I believe.