I’ve had many discussions lately in which people have told me that my views arise from my religion and therefore should have nothing to do with my voting or even my conversations with other human beings, who might be of other religious backgrounds or of none at all. The conclusion would be, I take it, that I am never to discuss anything at all with anyone who might have a view different from mine. And apparently I am never to vote on anything in such a way that might be different from the way another person might vote.
The idiocy of these conclusions is stunning. That I have had so many of these conversations over the last few months is not merely stunning but truly frightening. But I am not alone. I just read an article at Catholic Culture in which the author received an email from someone who also thinks we should not impose “our religious views on others”. But the email-er goes further and says that we cannot know some things are evil from our natural ability to know these things, ie, from natural law, but rather, we can only know them because our religion tells us they are evil. I guess the person who wrote the email doesn’t quite grasp the reason for calling natural law natural. You know, natural, as in, part of our human nature, built in along with all the other human faculties and powers.
Why is it that people who claim to have some sort of faith want to make no use of reason? My Catholic Christian religion not only allows me to use reason, it fully expects me to. It requires me to. Thank goodness. It keeps me from saying idiotic things such as: there is no way to know without religion that murdering someone is morally wrong; therefore, if someone else has a different religion, or if his religion tells him that murder is not morally wrong, I have no grounds to “impose” my view on him or even to say anything to him about it.
I should think that I would not only not be wrong to say something, but that I would be required to speak out loud and clear, to shout, even, if I heard someone say something so outrageously absurd.