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Pack of Lies -1
"You Can't Legislate Morality"

By Lindell Mitchell

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Lies have victimized people throughout history. How lies become accepted as truth makes little difference. It is hard to fight widely scattered lies because people are eager to believe them. Uncontested lies take over people's thinking. A commonly accepted lie in our country is: "You can't legislate morality."

Political liberals, long-haired, dope-smoking, peace-pansies, homosexuals, feminists, humanists, media moguls, and tree-huggers would like for you to believe that they are broad-minded, pluralistic, and neutral concerning questions of morality. They have convinced many people that it is the "right-wing religious fanatics who are trying to 'impose their morality on society."' One politician called Christian teaching on homosexuality and abortion "trash."

What seems to escape notice is the fact that every law is the codification of someone's morality! The statement, "You can't legislate morality" is absurd. We do it every day.

Are liberal politicians and other secular elitists really more tolerant than Christians? Both the secularists and the Christians want to see their form of morality accepted by the public. When secular forces are weak, we hear pleas for tolerance and compassion, but when they become strong, totalitarianism is the order of the day. Social elitists brazenly use every means to crush all opposition to their ideology. Presently the courts, media, and schools are used to push their warped brand of morality.

Jesus taught that neutrality is impossible: "He who is not with me is against me; and he who does not gather with me scatters" (Matt. 12:30). Christians have never claimed neutrality, but secularists try to deceive the public with such pompous claims. However, the public is not nearly so stupid as some assume.

Whether the topic is human sexuality, abortion, homosexuality, or any other topic of public concern, the media elite generally censor the Christian viewpoint. Franky Schaeffer observed, "They want us to feel guilty and somewhat inferior, as if our views are biased and bigoted, while their views are somehow more enlightened."

When the Christian view cannot be censored, the media elite and political liberals use loaded terms like right-wing fundamentalism, puritanism, or mindless orthodoxy to slant issues and prejudice the public. Such language conveys the idea that Christians are uneducated, religious bigots who have no right to speak and do not deserve to be heard (Some are thinking, "Didn't you use such loaded language in the second paragraph of this article?" Yes, I did in an attempt to show the absurdity of such language by being equally absurd. Besides, I am admittedly not neutral.)

Liberal elitists do not express the same tolerance they demand from us. While speaking of pluralism in high-toned terms, they fanatically censor all religious influence and insist that only their view is worth consideration. Such blind prejudice rivals that of a wild-eyed, religious fanatic.

The question is not whether religion will influence public policy; the question is whose religion will inform public policy. Christians have never claimed neutrality. Neither should they allow the other side to deceive them with claims of neutrality.

The bluster of politicians, or anyone else, must not intimidate the Christian community. The founding fathers readily acknowledged the sovereignty of God in the affairs of men. We all make the same acknowledgment when we say the words one nation under God. Nor will we swallow the lie: "You can't legislate morality." Christians know that everyone who lives shall be judged by the Lord's words (John 12:48). Therefore, let our laws reflect that reality.

Deo Vindice.


The modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone. Thus some scientists care for truth; but their truth is pitiless. And thus, some humanitarians only care for pity; but their pity - I am sorry to say - is often untruthful

- G. K. Chesterton


Published April 1993