An Open Letter to Adam Kokesh on Religion and LibertySubmitted by Tzion on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 22:35
I’m sure you’ve received a lot of correspondence regarding your recent statements about religion and the liberty movement. Obviously some of this has become rather contentious, particular within a certain Daily Paul thread begun by my friend, Burningsirius (who isn’t a “government bot,” by the way). I would like to try and point out some of the reasons this dialogue has grown into an ugly conflict.
Beginning in your video from the Reason Rally, and continuing through your latest video addressed to Penn Jillette, you have repeatedly asserted that religion is irrational and that Christianity in particular is incompatible with liberty. As you have at this point heard, many of us disagree, and dislike the fact that you seem to be set against the Christian members of this revolution.
Second, you have replied to our concerns with personal attacks, calling us - as I alluded to above – government bots, illogical, close-minded, and other assertions that don’t actually address the issue of the logical validity of faith, or its compatibility with freedom. I know you like to offend people, but I think you also realize that insults are not the most efficient way to solve ideological differences in a group of people that can’t afford to lose people.
Finally, and perhaps most egregiously, when confronted with the two above issues and asked to provide evidence of your claims, you have deflected to straw men such as bigoted preachers and the Roman Empire, applying their flaws to the Bible as a whole. Your generalization is a textbook example of the ecological fallacy, and I do not think you are so naïve not to have realized this in the process of making your assertions.
This misrepresentation of our faith (and of any faith) is the main reason we are upset. If you have a genuine problem with the Bible, let us know which chapters and verses you take issue with, and we can have a reasonable dialogue that would perhaps settle some misunderstandings. Burningsirius has updated his thread, which I will link below, to explain the differences between modern concepts of slavery and those found in the Bible, to illustrate the inherent compatibility with a libertarian, and indeed anarcho-capitalist, mindset. He can be a bit brash in tone at times, but I ask you to forgive him that, as many people forgive you of the same.
I am personally a Messianic Jew, meaning I follow a lifestyle dictated by the Torah while also accepting the fulfillment of Jewish prophecy in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. My libertarian and voluntaryist beliefs stem first from my faith, and I would posit that they are in no way inferior to your similar sentiments. Our goals and our means are the same, even if our motives are not, and that is enough for me.
I plan to post this letter to the Daily Paul, partially in defense of my friend, and partially because I feel I need to speak out on this issue. I welcome input from any who read this. Thank you.