There's a different between having personal beliefs, choosing what you do and don't support and bringing the power of government to enforce your views and push your opinions on others.
What's going to happen to the UK if it becomes Muslim majority in the future? Do you think that the personal beliefs of the Muslims might impact the laws at some point? I'm concerned about people's personal beliefs AND governmental law, because one impacts the other. Sam Harris takes a lot of heat for trying to make this point with people, but Ben Affleck and others just won't have it.
What should it be? Do you want to be forced to attend a wedding you don't want to? Maybe a transgender event has the power to force you to attend and bring a gift? No thank you ...
Not sure how you get from Shapiro's belief/value that Jews marrying non-Jews is not a good thing ... to him being dragged in handcuffs to weddings. Him not going isn't the problem, it's the REASON he's not going that is. Why would I not got to a gay wedding? Because I wasn't invited, I'm sick, I'm at a different wedding, I personally don't like the dude one of the dudes is marrying, could be many reasons, BUT if it's because Yahweh says so ... well .. that freaking sucks, it's a bad reason. Mandates from men claiming supernatural authority aren't the best place to get ideas from.
You should be allowed to attend or not attend whatever you personally want, for whatever reason you want - sexuality, color, religion, you name it. Are you arguing that the government should be able to remove that choice? Do you think that they will only limit your right to attend things, not the right for those events themselves to happen?
Shapiro shouldn't be forced at gunpoint by federal agents to attend his daughter's wedding to a non-Jew. I 100 percent agree. The government shouldn't have that authority. My point is about Shapiro's JW-like stance on mixed marriages, it sucks.
Actually, most of the marriage limitations were imposed by the democrats. The reason you need a license from the government to marry is because they didn't want mixed race marriages. That is government control, the fascist / socialist / islamist / zionist end of the spectrum.
I grew up in East Texas, third generation, I know who's historically hated mixed marriages around here brother. No need to try to Dinesh D'Souza me and pretend that the Southern Strategy is a myth. But then again, labels aren't important, I hate the corrupt DNC. It's about ideas, beliefs, and values. Christian fundamentalists do they exert control over the government here at all? How about that National Prayer Breakfast thing huh? Hmmmm
That seems like a good thing. Casinos are not known for bringing benefits to communities - they are often temples of sleaze and money laundering.
I took my mom to play the slots in Louisiana last year, we weren't required to perform any sex acts while we were in there. Money laundering? That's what we have banks for. But we know why they are illegal, it's the same freaking reason that gambling is a judicial matter in the JW cult. Religion dictating law, infringing on my rights.
It's not about absolutes - small government is not about no government (except at the extremes of libertarianism). Some rules are still required and sometimes some things are allowed or not allowed and the boundaries have to be constantly re-considered to reflect what's best for society.
Government happens whether it is formalized or not in any tribe. Small government is a meaningless term used by politicians to sound like their heart is in the right place. Government regulations/protections should evolve with new evidence and accumulated knowledge. People's whose values are determined by superstition are at a disadvantage, they're programmed to not want more information. I think we mostly agree here.
Yeah, Sunday trading laws are stupid and should be done away with, but they are easy and low-intrusive things to work around.
How did these stupid blue laws come to be? Men, allowing religious tradition to inform their law writing. That's the heart of the problem. That's what I'm posting about here. Bad ideas arising from superstition and enforced on others through law. Blurred lines between church and state is what I hate.
These are low-intensity issues, compared to having the state control important aspects of your life.
The state of Texas is currently controlling my life at 11:55 on Sunday, waiting for the the register to strike 12:00, so my baseball beer can be rang up. Why? Small minded religious people want to keep it that way. Are they preventing me from marrying a dude? no But do they wish they could, hell yes.