What Is the Libertarian View on Religion? There Is None.

From: N
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 8:57 PM
To: walter block; Laura Davidson
Subject: Nathan Fryzek

Don’t we libertarians have to take a stance as either pro or anti religion? Let me give you an example.

It is a religious custom in many religions to circumcise infants without any pain medication. If you are a religious libertarian you might think this is totally okay since gaining entrance to heaven is in the infants best interest, and if circumcision helps in that regard, it is acceptable under libertarian law.

If you are an atheist however, you would say it is not in the best interest of the infant to be circumcised, and the doctor who does so should be arrested for assault.

Dear N:

Libertarians qua libertarians, have no views on music, chess, nor religion. None of them violate the NAP, per se.

On circumcision, see this:

Testa, Pat and Walter E. Block. 2014. “Libertarianism and circumcision” International Journal of Health Policy and Management; Article 8, Volume 3, Issue 1, June, Page 33-40; http://www.ijhpm.com/http://www.ijhpm.com/?_action=press&issue=-1&_is=Articles in Press; http://www.ijhpm.com/article_2849_607.htmlhttp://ijhpm.com/article_2849_607http://ijhpm.com/article_2849_607.htmlhttps://archive.lewrockwell.com/?post_type=article&p=497650&preview=true

Block, Walter E. and Michael Fleischer. 2010. “How Would An Anarchist Society Handle Child Abuse?” October 13; https://archive.lewrockwell.com/block/block167.html (circumcision)

Walter E. Block and Rafi Farber. 2014. “On Circumcision.” July 7; (http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2014/07/walter-block-and-rafi-farber-on.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+economicpolicyjournal%2FKpwH+%28EconomicPolicyJournal.com%29)

Best regards,



3:06 pm on January 24, 2019