Sent - June 4, 2004
Printed Monday, June 7
The Washington Times
To the Editor:
Maggie Gallagher makes a blunder in her otherwise excellent article, "Deadly quasi medical veneer" (WT 6/4/04), when she writes, "If suicide is a legal choice, it is a moral option."
That is not the case. Being a legal choice does not make suicide a moral choice. It is one of the terribly destructive beliefs of our time that government decides morality, a consequence of our Supreme Court demoting God from His sovereignty. Without God, of course, only civil government looks big enough to take His place, so it can make a seemingly plausible case for itself.
But civil government logically cannot decide morality. God does. The task of government is to administer the moral principles God has already given us -- the bedrock principle upon which our our Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written. Not a single founding father would have dissented from this.
Without God, there is no objective morality (subjective morality is a self-contradiction). Only our "reason for existence" can supply the objective basis for moral obligation. It is a logical fact that civil government cannot create our reason for existence, only He who gave existence to us (and to our government) can do that. A God-less world is an amoral world, where, as Mao Tse Tung allowed, morality comes out the other end of a gun barrel.
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