Discussion by: interestingfact
I find a contradiction in my mind. I believe that everyone has the right to believe as they wish, however, a large group of people all believing the same bad idea could negatively influence public policy. I completely oppose the right of someone to pass a law that would, for example, allow the public stoning of homosexuals. How can one accept democracy, yet not be happy to sit by if the popular vote mandates a cruel abuse of human rights? Protesting and sticking up posters while thousands of people suffer horrible fates seems so futile. Why should such a law ever be allowed to pass in the first place, even if the people vote for it? On the other hand, saying “I believe in democracy, but…” has echoes of the totalitarian.
What are your views on this?