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’m against most free money to poor people just for being poor and social programs that encourage people not to work, like a Republican. When it comes to abortion rights, I’m a Democrat (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 harm anyone else so who cares what they do in thier 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 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, 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.
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 large military, and to prosectute 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 Allegience (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 to discriminate, even if it makes you an ignorant fool in my eyes. That’s like having freedom of speech but being able to arrest someone for using profanity in public. The constitution protects our freedom not just when it’s something we approve, but when it’s something we disapprove of. I don’t agree that demonstrations count as speech though. People that lay down on the interstate to block traffic in demonstration are disrupting the lives of the innocent and should be run over by cars once or twice to let them know we will not abide by domestic terrorism. Your freedom ends at the tip of your nose, and when it interferes with the freedom of another, it becomes a problem.