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Sen McGlinn
secular law, world government
Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:28am

Bahais - or at least many of them - agree that religious prescriptions cannot be imposed in secular law. Secular laws have to have secular justifications and the support of a broad range of the people to be effective. Moreover many religious prescriptions are particular to one religious community: most Christians use wine in communion, but not drinking alcohol is one of the disciplines of a Bahai life, just as going to communion is part of the pattern of a Christian life. Such things are only meaningful if they are voluntarily undertaken.

Personally (as a Bahai), I see a role for the state in preventing and punishing traffic (and therefore, possession) of some highly addictive and harmful drugs, but I also see addiction as a medical problem not a criminal matter.

The world federal government needs not only to be built on democratic government, it needs itself to be democratic. There should be Members of Parliament from all the countries of the world, elected by their peoples, just as the European Union has its members of parliament. This is to express the idea that sovereignty flows from the people. And the world federal government must be empowered to protect the individual rights and freedoms of citizens from their own governments, where the control mechanisms within a country fail to do so.

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