Human liberty trumps any religion

Orange County Register
by Tibor R. Machan

01/01/07

Islam is not explicitly a political system but it has strong implications about political economy, as most religions do. Something will be forbidden in a human community where Islam dominates, while something else will be seen as acceptable by those in charge. This is so with Christianity, too, of course, as well as with any other religion. Some religions, however, do not aspire to rule everyone, not at least by coercive force. Islam, as it is apparently understood by many Muslims, does consider the use of coercive force acceptable for certain vital purposes, notably the purpose of converting people to Islam. Now the real community value that we all should prize, regardless of our faiths, is allowing people to live a freely chosen moral life. But this is something impossible if coercive force is used in any realm of human affairs. Only in defense of liberty is the use of force justified -- because in such cases the force is defensive, not coercive...

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