Everybody has some kind of ‘religious belief’.  Some believe there are many gods, others only one god and it’s their god. It is now very fashionable to believe there is no god or pantheon of gods – just evolved people who should be worshiped.  To claim there is no god or there are no gods is to harbor a religious belief.

Where ever you get people gathering together in organized collectives you will get differences in beliefs.  In order to curtail conflict over religious beliefs in the community  people have to collectively ‘agree to disagree’ on deeply held religious convictions.  Not everyone needs to make the effort to live peaceably by being tolerant of their neighbors’ crazy ideas; just enough to keep the peace in the community.  Inevitably some will not want to get along and act accordingly.  How they are dealt with determines whether or not the community survives, breaks apart or evolves into something monstrous.

Some argue that religious beliefs must take a back seat to the laws of the land in every individual in every community in order for governance and the rule of law to work.  David Herzig and Faisal Kutty claim;

In order to have a functioning government, whether religious or secular, it requires individuals to be subject to the institutional directives of the decision makers. The reason we cannot accommodate Ms. Davis’ beliefs is because no government could function if each citizen could decide whether to follow the rule of law based on their personalized belief structure.

The Kim Davis Debacle Exposes the Limits of Religious Liberty, Huffington Post, 09/11/2015

To argue that a society must have the unquestioning obedience of every individual member in order for good governance to exist is a very dangerous line of thought that verges on totalitarianism.  That kind of thinking can predispose a population to accept the most horrendous projects.  The state’s ”rule of law’ can become a terrible weapon against ‘humanity’ when the ‘State’ itself becomes an idol;

In 1936-1937, the police forces in the Third Reich began to round up large groups of “Asocials” (panhandlers, “habitual criminals,” vagrants, marginally disabled persons, prostitutes, pimps, persons unable to obtain or maintain steady employment, Gypsies, homosexuals, and others perceived not to be maintaining a healthy standard of social behavior). The standard “legal” tool employed by the Criminal Police was “preventive arrest” (Vorbeugende Verhaftung). “Preventive arrest” permitted criminal police detectives to take persons suspected of participating in criminal activities into custody without warrant or judicial review of any kind. Both “protective detention” and “preventive arrest” meant indefinite internment in a concentration camp.

 Law and the Holocaust

‘Rule of law’ doesn’t flow from the top down.  It is embedded in every individual’s heart – a part of their belief system.  It is passed from mother to child, father to son, shared among brothers, sisters, cousins and neighbors.  ‘Rule of law’ is a family matter and exists in communities – even communities with wide differences in religious beliefs. “Rule of law’ that is legislated by bureaucrats all to easily ‘morphs’ into totalitarianism.

Religious belief is at the foundation of the ‘rule of law’ concept.  Jesus taught us;  “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

If this were the majority view there would be great stability and tolerance in the world today!

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