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Protection Provided By The Law

November 20, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

Laws are meant to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority.  That’s an idea I took away from reading a bit about James Madison and the context of The Bill of Rights which he drafted for the U.S Constitution.  At the end of the day, laws should protect everyone without discrimination.

Extra-judicial killings are the order of the day.  Unfortunately it’s safe to say that this is the new normal: It happens every day and for the most part people seem to accept it as part of one’s current reality.  Yes, these criminals violated the human rights of their victims.  But that doesn’t necessarily mean they have any less human rights as a result.  And because these executions happened without due process, there’s officially no definitive proof of guilt; it’s entirely possible that those killed were innocent of the crimes accused.  There has certainly been a lot of collateral damage in the course of these killings; innocent people did die, some getting killed simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time and with unfortunately the wrong company – their right to life was definitely deprived.

People persecute the Catholic Church, accusing it of hypocrisy and meddling in the affairs of the State.  First of all, the Church was never meant for righteous people.  It was originally composed of people who were hypocrites, and to this day it still is.  The Church was meant for hypocrites like you and me who are in need of healing through God’s love and mercy.  Second of all, it’s not meddling in the affairs of the State when it exercises its duty to speak the truth and call out evil; the Church is supposed to do this, and not doing so is a betrayal of her mandate from God.  It would be counted as “meddling” if it imposed its will on everybody whether people wanted it or not; such isn’t happening.  For example, the most she can do is tell people not to kill, but it’s still up to us and the State if we want to follow her call or not.  Now, the law guarantees freedom of religion, but it doesn’t guarantee exemption from criticism; this seems fair enough given that it’s only right that we don’t believe in anything blindly, and so it’s good to question what we believe in so that we understand it better.  But to shutdown people or institutions who express their faith is persecution of belief that should not be tolerated.  Such expression is part of the freedom of religion that the law should protect.

With respect to the freedom of expression, these days it feels like it is more important and even necessary to be politically correct and nice compared to being genuine and harsh.  Honestly, sometimes I just want to lash out and speak my mind about what I see and hear, but instead I resort to screaming quietly.  Let’s be pragmatic for a moment: Self-censorship is not an act of cowardice if it’s used as a form of survival from the attacks of the mob.  In particular, cyber-bullying is the new weapon of this age that makes such attacks possible.  People who attack others who are different, instead of engaging in proper dialogue, violate the other party’s right to be heard.  People don’t listen to understand anymore; they listen so they know what to retort, which is characteristic of minds that are closed, arrogant, and bigoted.  The law should be there so that everyone is heard, no matter how dissenting other people’s opinions might be.

The law is meant to serve everyone’s interests equally and fairly.  Institutions or minorities suppressed or bullied into silence or submission is a failure of the law to serve their interests, and is in fact a failure to even protect them.  I think it’s up to us to collectively “grow up” as a people and help each other rather than tear each other down.  If the law isn’t enough to help us then we only have ourselves to help each other out.  It’s all in our best interest to see to it that we all thrive and prosper.

I may not be a lawyer, but just like everyone else, I’m entitled to my opinion on how I think the law should serve us, and it should serve us well.

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