Some forms of murder ARE legalized(Assassination of Soleimani, use of Drones)! Although I understand what you are trying to say, you are still misrepresenting my argument. My argument is NOT simply, "If I don't believe in the things that other people believe in, then simply don't do them(if I am understanding you)? "If I don't like the things that other people do, then don't do them.". I do agree with this freedom of choice!If your neighbor smokes pot, it doesn’t affect you. If your neighbor marries someone of the same gender, it doesn’t affect you. So why have laws against smoking pot or same sex marriage? If you don’t like those things, don’t do them.
The monumental difference with your analogies and oversimplification, is that I AM NOT BEING FORCED TO SMOKE POT OR TO MARRY THE SAME SEX. Also, both are legal and do not violate any of my basic and protected rights. What other people choose to do or want to believe in, should have zero effect on me in any so-called free society. I believe that life begins at the point of viability, and that the woman should have the right to terminate her own pregnancy. But now, my beliefs, liberties, and choices, have been suspended and ignored. I AM NOW BEING FORCED NOT TO HAVE AN ABORTION. Because of the beliefs of a small vocal minority, who have now directly influenced the policy decisions of our elected leaders. This is why our founding fathers wanted a separation between religious beliefs and government policies. If you can't see the red flags and slippery slopes, that this decision will lead to, then your ignorance is truly self-imposed.
All of our freedoms will be in the hands of whichever minority group can scream the loudest(White Nationalists, Animal Rights Activists, Flat Earth believers, etc.). We will be rationalizing our asses off. Justifying Intelligent Design in our science classrooms. Bringing back the merits of separate but equal opportunities in our schools, businesses, and workforce. We will be justifying the merits of legalized social and religious discrimination. We will be justifying the merits of misogyny and nationalism within society. Our Constitution will have very little meaning and purpose, regarding the freedoms and liberties of its citizens.
No, Seth. We are NOT simply talking about a difference in ideologies here. We are talking about a group of well meaning fanatics, that don't care about how many lives and families they destroy. How many maternal deaths they cause. Or, how many unwanted newborns they force women to conceive. Or, how many unwanted children they force into our already overcrowded adoption and foster-care agencies. Or, how many children they will doom to a life of being reviled by their own parents. All they care about, is forcing their beliefs down the throats of the majority, and bugger the consequences.
These groups are no different than Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, ISIS, Hamas, the Taliban, etc.. They all believe that they are right, and that their cause is just. But they must force others to believe it as well, to validate their beliefs.
You are also correct. You can never convince anyone who already believes that he is Napoleon, that he isn't Napoleon. These people have already lost the ability to reason objectively. But there are others who can. And, may what to hear another point of view. Or, want to hear the flaws in these extremist views. For example,
why do they always call abortion murder?
why do they always use newborns to illustrate the aborted unborn? Newborns are NOT being aborted!!
why do they always avoid the issue of a woman's right of choice?
why do they always call pro-choice activists, pro-death activists?
why do they not address their own contradictions of excusable/acceptable abortions?
why do they believe that only human life is sacred, and not all life?
Why do they avoid all direct questions concerning their core abortion beliefs?
No Seth, I believe that this is more about egos, than about principles!!