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LIBERTARIAN IDEOLOGY TRUMPING CONSERVATIVE AND CHRISTIAN TRUTH by Bill Muehlenberg

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I have plenty of sparring partners in the culture wars, but those I often find to be the most distasteful and antagonistic are radical libertarians who also claim to be conservatives and Christians. Um, no, you cannot be both, as I have sought to argue elsewhere.

Sadly many of these folks can be so wedded to secular libertarian thought, that when classical conservatism and biblical Christianity clash with it, they will dump these two any day of the week to affirm their commitment to libertarian ideology.

Alas, radical libertarians of the right really become indistinguishable from radical anarchists of the left. Both so despise government and the state, that they usually end up taking identical stances on the culture war issues of the day, including things like homosexual marriage.

They falsely claim that the state has zero interest in vitally important things like marriage and family, and should just stay out altogether. In pushing this position, they demonstrate how thoroughly divorced they are from genuine conservatism and biblical Christianity.

The simple truth is, all true conservatives had argued for the defense of marriage and family, including a limited role for the state in this. And all biblical Christians have always known that the institution of the state is God’s idea. He ordained the state, and expects it to be used in a fallen world.

I have argued at length on both topics, and here can only briefly summarize my case, while offering links for further reading. I write all this because of a rather poor article published recently in the Australian Spectator. It was penned by a hyper-libertarian, seeking to tell us conservatives and Christians should be thrilled to bits about voting for “homosexual marriage”.

Sadly, but typically, it was filled with twisted and distorted understandings of the Christian and conservative case. And it contained plenty of red herrings and straw men, including the howler that those wanting to defend heterosexual marriage would want the government involved in heresy trials!

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