I’m politically independent because I don’t vote for anything just because my party votes for it. In regards to religious freedom, I’m a Liberal. I believe America should be free from the oppression of religion as well as the freedom to worship anything someone wants, as long as it doesn’t interfere with someone (or something) else’s right to live peacefully. I’m more Republican when it comes to taking the money rich people earned by honest means and giving it to poor people just they’re poor. Redistribution of wealth is just a nice way of saying it’s okay for the government to steal money from someone because other people think they have enough already. When it comes to abortion rights, I’m a Democrat because I wish my mother would have aborted me instead of spending my life hating me and taking it out on me in the form of violence, neglect, and sexual abuse.
My general philosophy of life is one of freedom. To me, that means you should be a to do anything you want as long as it doesn’t harm anyone else. This means being gay doesn’t hurt anyone else, so who cares what they do in their own lives? I’m not gay, but that doesn’t give me the right to stop anyone else from pursuing that lifestyle. The same goes for doing drugs. Unlike most people who went through their teenage years, I never even tried marijuana, cigarettes, or alcohol. Just because I’m not interested in those things doesn’t mean I should stop anyone else from partaking. If you’re old enough to join our military and die for our country or get married, you are mature enough to make decisions about your own health. I believe in drunk driving legislation because that is the point where a person’s freedom crosses over into endangering the lives of others, where such behavior should be regulated. The same goes for prostitution. Two consenting adults engaging in otherwise legal behavior shouldn’t be arrested. It should be taken out of the back alleys where it’s dangerous for everyone involved and turned into a proper business with taxes and regulations, including regular medical exams and care.
In this way, I am very much like the Libertarian Party, who believes in smaller government and less regulation on people. The government’s job is to protect people with a massive military and to prosecute traitors. The federal government’s powers are limited to those put forth in the United States Constitution, as our forefathers feared a large centralized government. They believed that the best way for a country to flourish was diversity achieved through individual states making their own laws.
Freedom of religion also means freedom FROM religion. There should be no “In God We Trust” on our money (which was only added in 1864) and no “Under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance (which was added recently, in 1954). These statements of faith establish a singular belief in one God, and it doesn’t matter what everyone believes or doesn’t believe, the government should stay out of religion, and even saying there is one God goes too far in my opinion.
Freedom of religion also means the freedom to discriminate if your religion dictates it. I’m agnostic, and I accept everyone, but if you are Christian and you don’t want to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, why can the government force you to do so? Freedom means the freedom for an individual to discriminate. That’s like having freedom of speech but being able to arrest someone for saying something you disagree with. The constitution protects your freedom not just when it’s something we approve of, but also when it’s something the rest of us dislike and disagree with. Note that this only applies to individuals, as it’s the government’s job to treat everyone equally and fairly in all aspects of its function. But for individuals, including companies, let a restaurant choose not to serve white people. If they hate cops, let them refuse to feed them. I spent many years as a law enforcement officer, and I’d rather know I wasn’t welcome someplace than to force them to feed me and have them spit in my food. Let them make their biases known to the public so we as customers can vote with our money by not spending it at their business. That’s the Constitutional way to handle freedom.
I don’t agree that physical acts of demonstrations count as speech, though. People that lay down on the interstate to block traffic in protest are disrupting the lives of the innocent and should be considered domestic terrorism. Students that march onto the football field during a game to sit down for hours as a statement of protest aren’t exercising their rights, they’re impeding the lives of everyone else around them. Your freedom ends at the tip of your nose, and when it interferes with the liberty of another, it becomes a problem.
Those are just some of my beliefs.