Further to recent discussions about the Conservative Party, its timely to consider a piece by the well known Libertarian (American) writer Charley Reece.
Charley recalls that some of the civilised communities he has lived in have been Christian communities, whereas the most barbaric places he has lived have been dominated by secular progressives.
I agree with Charley, for in NZ, and in my travels around the globe, where I have actually lived (not holidayed) in other cultures and countries, I have noticed exactly the same features.
The basic thing that protects our persons, our property and our liberty is the morality that individuals possess in their own hearts. The law cannot be a substitute for that. No law can protect you from a dishonest merchant or a thug because the law is always, of necessity, applied after the fact, and then only on a selective basis. Furthermore, as we have seen, the law and the system of justice often degenerate into a tragic farce.
The bottom line is that if we become an immoral people, we will eventually lose both our prosperity and our liberty. A free society cannot exist without trust, and it is morality that cements that trust. We are drifting toward the abyss, and we had all better think seriously about why this is happening.
Colin Craig has said his party is not Christian. The smearers are saying otherwise. Even if it were so, and the Conservative Party was in fact Christian based, would that really be so bad?