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December 18, 2006

Bob Barr Bails on GOP

Taking his frustration with the current GOP even further than conservative contemporaries Gingrich and Armey, former Georgia congressman Bob Barr announced his decision to leave the GOP for the Libertarian Party:

"It's something that's been bothering me for quite some time, the direction in which the party has been going more and more toward big government and disregard toward privacy and civil liberties," said Barr, 58, a lawyer and consultant living in Atlanta. "In terms of where the country needs to be going to get back to our constitutional roots ... I've come to the conclusion that the only way to do that is to work with a party that practices what it preaches, and that is the Libertarian Party."

I know, I know, big government and small government philosophies have nothing to do with "Christian worldview."

Well, I beg to differ (again).

Given our secular government, any responsibility moved from the private realm to governmental control inherently moves into a sphere in which notions of God and religion are deemed irrelevant -- and even illegal -- by the prevailing powers that be. But I've been beating this drum since the election, and rather than blather on and on again, I simply submit this illustrative news story from FRC. I mean, I have no desire to offend homosexuals whatsoever (nor do I think that all who so identify themselves would insist on such semantic "sensitivity"), but, my goodness, what simple freedoms of speech we must throw under the bus when Big Government is granted authority over a societal function...

A new policy of the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland warns hospitals to watch their language. Under the policy, the staff has been told to stop calling parents "mother" or "father" to "avoid offending gay patients." Instead, the policy tells doctors and nurses to use the words "parents" or "guardians." The terms "husband" and "wife" are also banned under the so-called "anti-homophobia laws" that are being implemented across the NHS. A booklet called "Good Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Practice" says that workers who ignore the new rule will face disciplinary action.

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