“And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base mind and improper conduct” – Romans 1:28
Every human being is by definition finite (as opposed to limitless) and consequently has NOT the capacity to infallibly know the answers to complex clusters of concerns that actually exist (as opposed to being abstractions). Consequently, every governmental leader who orders citizens to take actions based on the leader’s private certitude, is, on its face, an intellectual fool. While tyrants may claim “scientific consensus” for their views, they fail understand one primary purpose behind the scientific method is to insist both on assembling every relevant body of evidence and deliberating on all relevant hypotheses.
Anyone who rejects the concept of morality as an obligatory code which both specifies right and wrong and has as its source a transcendent personal being (God), undermines on rational grounds their self-acclaimed “moral” authority to forbid viewpoints and courses of action that disagree with them. By rejecting morality, “leaders” have only their gut from which to rule. For this reason they have no right to impose their imperatives onto others. Chinese Communist Party Chairman, Mao Zedong stated what logically follows from his views, that, “Political power grows from out of the barrel of a gun.”