Columnist Jonah Goldberg wrote in Monday’s MDJ about the concept of “Hidden Law,” saying, “Hidden law is the unwritten legal and ethic code of civil society. Abortion, assisted suicide and numerous other hot-button issues were once settled by people doing right as they saw it without seeking permission from the government.”
What is Goldberg’s definition of “doing right as they see it”?
If people did right as they saw it, was slavery acceptable?
If people did right as they saw it, was the Holocaust a satisfactory result?
If people did right as they saw it, was racial segregation justified?
If people do right as they see it, is it OK for a religious person to discriminate against others of a different faith tradition, or even lack of one, by refusing services?
What if a Muslim business owner refused service to a Christian customer? Would that be right?
If people did right as they saw it, was it OK to consign women to second class status and refuse them the right to vote?
If people do right as they see it, would this excuse any acts of vandalism, murder, or theft?
It would be a wonderful world if people did the “right” thing without government interfering in the lives of its citizens.
However, we are all creatures driven by right and wrong impulses. We make decisions for all the wrong reasons. We make decisions for all the right reasons.
Like it or not, there must be legal boundaries and legal consequences for our society to maintain a civilized way of life. Who wants chaos to reign?
Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself.
It should be practiced by everyone no matter the religion, no matter the political leaning, no matter the ethnic background, no matter the sexual identity.
This is not a hidden law.