Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Morality Does Belong in Politics

Is President Bush a sincere Christian who understands the application of his faith in the public square? Does Mitt Romney really share our Judeo-Christian beliefs, and understand that they are the basis of good government and laws?

Both politicians recently shied away from discussions of morality in the public square. Bush failed to stand of for his own Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace, who stated the obvious -- that homosexuality is immoral. And Romney recently said that there was no place for discussions of morality or immorality in politics. Unbelievable.

Q: "Since General Pace made his comments -- they got a lot of attention -- about homosexuality, we haven't heard from you on that issue. Do you, sir, believe that homosexuality is immoral?"

A: Bush replied, "I -- I -- I will not be rendering judgment about individual orientation. I do believe the "Don't Ask/Don't Tell" policy is good policy."

Saying homosexuality is immoral is no different from saying murder or theft or adultery are immoral. But murder, theft, and adultery have not been politicized by murderers, thieves, and adulterers. And sodomy has been politicized as a "civil right" by its practitioners.

It seems President Bush and Mitt Romney have forgotten the basis of all our laws. Judge Roy Moore's commentary on "Nazis, Nuremberg and the law of God" (4-11-07) serves as a timely reminder:

Both the British and American prosecutors [at Nuremberg] were expressing something well understood in the law at that time – the law of man and nations is subject to the laws of God and the laws of nature. Sir William Blackstone in his "Commentaries on the Laws of England" in 1765 explained the law of nature in this way:

"This law of nature, being co-eval [co-existent] with mankind and dictated by God himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times: no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this. ..."

The fact that the law of God is the basis for international law was not new to British and American jurisprudence at the Nuremberg trials. In 1791, James Wilson, one of our first United States Supreme Court justices appointed by President Washington, explained the "law of nations" (international law) as follows:

"The law of nature, when applied to states or political societies, receives a new name, that of the law of nations. ... The law of nations as well as the law of nature is of obligation indispensable: the law of nations as well as the law of nature is of origin divine."

Wilson emphasized that all law "flows from the same divine source: It is the law of God. ... Human law must rest its authority, ultimately, upon the authority of that law, which is divine."