Just read a tragic story about police tasing a father who was simply trying to get into a burning building trying to save his three year old son:
Here is why this happened –
In the mind of enlightenment thinking in general, and Marxist socialism in particular, people are simply “the masses”. They are only products of evolution and genetics because there can surely be no God (after all, we’ve never seen evidence of Him! We’ll accept a binary radio signal from space if we find it but we’ll discount a quaternary programming language capable of programming a human being!). Therefore all powers reside with the State, period. The State allows people to have rights or not. In this world view, nobody is guilty of crimes because they are the product of society. So all of society must pay for crime, not the criminal. In the same way, people are not allowed to perform heroics or acts of self defense, because that is only the role of the State. If people try to resist crime, or defend themselves, or be heroes, they MUST be prosecuted and thrown in jail. After all, they are bucking the system, and that’s dangerous! Meanwhile, people die as victims of crime, they die from not being able to protect themselves, and they die waiting for police and fire responders who, if a situation looks remotely dangerous, will many times just wait on the sidelines and sort out the bodies afterwards. In a very real way, it’s like playing God. You know the old phrase, “Let God sort them out”? If pure humanism and naturalism is all that informs one’s belief of an original cause and decision making, and is the only standard for one’s ethics, then they are in effect worshipping mankind and nature. That is what functions in the place of religion in their life. So it’s only natural that they would believe the State gets to play God. Many people in positions of leadership in the government these days effectively do believe government is equal to what we would consider God, having all assumed powers and rights over individuals, as well as having assumed responsibility for imposing morality over people. There couldn’t be a more stark contrast between this view and the Judeo Christian values our nation was founded on, that, “…all men are…endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness …” People should have liberty to oppose criminals, defend themselves and try to protect others. If the current logic of the police were played out in the situation with the burning house and the three year old, on 911 the police would have stood outside the World Trade Towers and tased the people trying to go inside as first responders. Think about that. When the State plays God, people are coerced into a role of standing by and watching other pepole die.