COLUMN: Respect for personal liberty IS equality

MORRISBURG — I do not care who gets to marry whom, because it is none of my business. It is none of your business. It is also not the government’s business. Straight, gay, heterosexual, homosexual, transgender, Pastafarian, whatever; do not care. Each and every one of us have the right of personal liberty. As such, we, as individuals, can do what and how we see fit to or for ourselves. We can believe in what we wish. So long as what you or I do does not impede or infringe on the personal liberty of others.

This means is that it is okay for anyone to get married. Two men, two women, or a man and a woman, it does not matter. Personal Liberty also means that it is okay for a business owner to refuse service to someone they do not like, and is also okay for the refused persona tell the world that they were refused service. You cannot tell people they are wrong for their beliefs, or disrespect that they have the personal liberty to hold beliefs that are different than yours or the societal norms.

It is also okay for a person to fly a Confederate Flag, or a flag of a terrorist organization, or a flag with a two-headed unicorn. As an individual, you can do that, and it is also okay for people to be offended by that and to disagree with you. It is not allowed for one person to take away the liberty of another for holding a view or belief. It is not allowed for a government to do so, or exercise one view over another. That is why flying a Confederate Flag at the state capitol in South Carolina was wrong. The only flag a government should be flying is the proper flag for that country/state/province/municipality, period.

If I want to drive an orange Dodge Charger painted up like the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazard to relive a childhood fantasy, it is okay for me to do that. If you don’t like the Confederate Flag on the hood, it is okay for you to be offended. If I want that Challenger painted like the General Lee, I must also respect that people may be offended with that and have to deal with it.

The underlying take-away here is individual liberty, and respect. In order for society to work, we all have to respect one another for having beliefs and views. We can be offended by them, or we can agree with them. But we all have to respect that we are all entitled to our own personal liberty. Not just our own, but everyone has that right.

If everyone respected the personal liberty of others, then the issues of racial and gender equality are not issues anymore.

Respect for a person’s individual liberty, is the ultimate equality.

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