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Objective Settlement of Disputes

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Submitted by Ralph C Whaley MD (United States), Sep 27, 2005 at 10:58

The most important function of a moral government is the peaceful settlement of disagreements among individual humans. It does so by banning the initiation of force by men against men. Disputes are settled in courts of law by contesting parties presenting evidence to an impartial Judge and/or Jury who apply objective laws in evaluating the evidence. The resolution of the disagreement is accepted by both parties who proceed in peace. The essence of Religion is faith, the belief in the absence of evidence or in contoversion of evidence. Religion is necessarily unable to provide an objective, reasoned rsolution of disagreements and therfore leads to a resort to force. It is a primitive regression for any free or even semi-free nation to allow or endorse anything but Objective government settlement of disputes under the rule of Objective Law.
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