Here in the United States, there’s been a lot of controversy and debate about legislation that many considered protecting religious freedom, while others felt it would legalize discrimination.
The most frequent question I’ve been receiving lately is about the prosperity consciousness effects of this issue. So I’d like to leave aside the legal debate for others, but discuss how your beliefs on this issue affect your prosperity.
One of the most important steps you ever take to live a life of prosperity and harmony is to live by a congruent philosophy. Meaning you have principles you live by, values that guide them, and you live in congruence with them.
I’ve stated in one of my earlier books that the Libertarian party is the only political entity that stands on a philosophy that honors all humans and is thus grounded in prosperity consciousness. The basis of this philosophy is that all humans are equal, deserve dignity, and have inalienable rights.
While there is a strong and growing core of people who believe in the Libertarian philosophy, it hasn’t yet achieved widespread acceptance anywhere in the world. I believe that is because of the Libertarian positions on drugs, prostitution and sex. They are diametrically opposed to the Puritanical and other religious beliefs espoused by many in the world today.
As Libertarians, we believe any actions between consensual adults – which do not infringe on the rights of others – are the private business of those individuals and no one else.
If my neighbor likes to smoke crack, that’s no business of mine. (Or the government.) However, if he breaks into my home to steal money for his habit, then he has infringed on my rights, and I should be protected by law (government).
Now of course people who use drugs are actually hurting their own bodies and this is a very anti-prosperous behavior. But that is a personal decision that only they should be allowed to make.
If someone wishes to sell themselves as an escort or prostitute, and another person wishes to purchase their services, that is a private transaction between two consenting parties, and it should not be the business of the government or anyone else. Of course anyone exploiting children or human trafficking is infringing on human rights and should be prevented from doing so by the government.
You can make the case that selling your body or buying another’s is not living in prosperity consciousness. But again, the only congruent prosperity philosophy is to allow individuals to make these choices for themselves.
Whether the lady down the street from me is bisexual, asexual, homosexual, polysexual, pansexual, or transsexual is none of my business. For any government to discriminate against, or even worse, prosecute anyone for their sexual orientation is immoral. (And anyone who argues that non-heterosexual people are making lifestyle choices that are immoral or unnatural is simply exposing their monumental ignorance of science and biology. Sexuality is not a choice. It has been conclusively and scientifically proven long ago that sexuality is inherent in your DNA. For more on this, read one of my earlier posts here.)
This takes us to the discussion on the recent legislative controversy, and is where it gets dicey for some…
So what about freedom of religion? Some people have religious beliefs that non-heterosexuality is wrong, and they object to having to serve them in their business; catering a gay wedding for example.
As a Libertarian, I have no problems with this whatsoever. Private businesses are private property and they should be able to exercise their personal human rights on their personal property as they see fit.
If a business wants to hang a sign in their window that says, “We don’t serve fags, negroes or Jews,” I don’t have any problem with that. In fact I for one would actually prefer that they do that. Then I would know how they feel, and wouldn’t spend my money with them. Likewise, if a Muslim businessman refuses to do business with a woman, because he believes women should be property of their husbands, that is his right.
I think this type of behavior is vile, despicable, and ignorant and certainly anti-prosperity. But if I live my life by a congruent philosophy – which I do – I have to support other people’s rights to behave in ways that are vile, despicable and ignorant in their personal lives and on their private property.
The people in these examples above are programmed to believe that they are somehow superior to other humans because of their sex, sexuality, gender, race or religion. They are operating at lower consciousness and living their lives within the confines of that consciousness. If you support human rights, you have to support their right to be vile, despicable and ignorant. And if you believe in prosperity consciousness, hope to change them with education, empathy and love.
The problem arises when governments get involved and legalize discrimination and persecution of individuals based on their sex, sexuality, race or religion. This is immoral and all people of prosperity consciousness must stand up for those who are being denied their basic human rights.
But it cuts the other way too. If a photographer, singer or caterer doesn’t want to work a same-sex wedding, no one should be allowed to force them to. This would a violation of their human rights.
There is no such thing as gay rights, woman’s rights, or minority (of any kind) rights; there are only human rights. To use terms such as these implies that gay people, women, or minorities are asking for special rights. They’re not. They are simply demanding the basic rights that ALL humans must be afforded in an enlightened society.
If you live by a congruent philosophy of prosperity consciousness, you can never support denying inalienable human rights to anyone – regardless of their sex, sexuality, race, religion, gender or any other criteria.
In all the debate on the proposed legislation Indiana and other states, here’s the prosperity concept that I believe has been missed and needs to be addressed…
Millions of Americans have no problem with someone refusing to cater a same-sex wedding on religious grounds. But that opinion could never be held in an enlightened society. Because if you believe that is moral and acceptable, by any standard of logic you’d have to also believe it would be acceptable to refuse to cater a wedding of a black man and women, an Asian man and woman, or an interracial wedding. There was a time beliefs such as these were widely accepted, thanks in great part to religious doctrines and dogma.
Fortunately society has evolved over the centuries. Since the time of the Enlightenment, people of higher consciousness have driven the dialogue and our morality has developed to the point where most people no longer support slavery, or bans on interracial marriages. They believe women are equal and have the right to vote, get educated, and own property. This evolution in thinking and consciousness has moved us ever closer to a more just world.
It would appear the greatest stumbling block today preventing society from reaching enlightenment is organized religion. There are literally billions of humans who still believe in Stone Age, sky god mysticism.
And while this irrational behavior is sometimes comforting and leads people to service, for the most part it is teaching and propagating hate, intolerance, and judgment. And much, much worse, it is enslaving and killing people.
The Ku Klux Klan supports subjugating and killing people based upon their race. It was and still is driven by religious zealots who believe they are holding to Christian morality.
The Islamic State supports enslaving women, burning people alive in cages, throwing homosexuals off of buildings, beheading aid workers, and crucifying children. There are lots of apologists in the west who allege that the Islamic State isn’t Islamic, but that is simply delusional ignorance. The actions they are taking are completely driven by the religious beliefs they hold.
Other Muslim countries practice varying degrees of Sharia law, where woman are considered property and can be put to death for sins such as getting an education. Non-heterosexuals, apostates, and non-believers are murdered with the approval of the government, or sometimes by the government.
There are people bombing abortion clinics and murdering doctors because of their Christian beliefs. Like Islam, the holy books of Christianity and Judaism are filled with savagery, barbarianism and promote killing non-heterosexuals.
To take any of them literally requires a suspension of rationality no less than those who still believe in Totemism, Zeus, Neptune, Middle Paleolithic bear worship, or the Scientologists who believe 75 million years ago Xenu brought billions of people to Earth in spacecraft resembling DC8 airplanes and dropped them into volcanoes.
Everyone has a right to believe whatever outlandish things they want. But we have to face the reality that the religious beliefs in the world today are dangerous.
At some point, an enlightened society has to say, “enough.” People of consciousness have to question the foundational beliefs they hold, including the ones they were taught by their religion. Think of the skepticism you felt the last time you were watching a late-night infomercial pitch on TV. If you would apply the same critical thinking skills to evaluate the religious beliefs you blindly accepted – would those beliefs withstand the scrutiny?
A sane person with a rational mind not infected with memes would quickly discern most religious beliefs are based upon centuries-old fear, phobias, and superstitions. But I understand the allure and get how we sometimes willingly suspend our disbelief...
Religion provides comfort to millions. If a mother and father lose their four-year-old daughter to leukemia and they take solace and comfort believing there’s another angel in heaven, I for one don’t want to take that away from them.
I have no delusions that I’m going to convince the 1.6 billion Muslims to renounce their faith, persuade Scientologists that their beliefs are crazy, or prove to my Mormon friends that their underwear doesn’t really have magic powers. And I have no desire to do any of this...
I’m not one of the militant atheists out to argue everyone’s religious beliefs. I find my spiritual experience in the manner I do, and I hope everyone else finds their spiritual sustenance in a way that sustains them.
However, if you believe in prosperity consciousness and desire a world of peace and prosperity – then you must live by a congruent philosophy that supports this. And that means you have to be willing to do the difficult critical thinking of questioning your foundational beliefs. And most specifically, any beliefs you adopted from your religion that apply to human rights.
To discriminate, persecute or deny basic human rights to anyone on the basis of their gender, religion, race, sex, or sexual identity is a crime against all humanity. There is no holy book on earth that can make these crimes right. They deny prosperity to both the oppressed and the oppressors and have no place in an enlightened and prosperous society.
Everyone likes to believe they are a free thinker. But to be one, you have to actually exercise that power. So as the debate rages on the merits of legislation in Indiana, Arkansas and Louisiana, I hope you’ll step back from the legal wrangling and consider the more important issues: