Conservatives' concept of "'liberty' requires being able to control the personal lives of others."


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Today's Los Angeles Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Catholic bishops cry wolf," Editorial, July 8

Conservatives and progressives hold conflicting conceptions of liberty.

For conservatives, liberty has meant being free to dominate or control others. For progressives, liberty has meant liberation from others' control.

Edmund Burke, the archetypal conservative, viewed English "liberty" as including a hierarchical, hereditary monarchy and aristocracy. In the post-Civil War period in the U.S., Southern conservatives viewed maintaining laws that favored whites as part of their liberty.

Today, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops views same-sex marriage and access to contraception as an assault on the church's "liberty." Their "liberty" requires being able to control the personal lives of others.

That won't do.

Roger Carasso

Los Angeles