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You Can (Not) Legislate Morality?

Stoic Patriot Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 4:15 PM
Oh, I was so close to agreeing with this article in full, and then it screwed up the end: The only question is: ‘Whose morality should be legislated?’” Wrong. It's not a question of "whose" morality should be legislated. Morality, like truth, is not "yours" or "mine." It simply is. Rather, the only question is both *why* something is moral or immoral, and *why* it should or should not be legislated.
wlins Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 5:48 PM
All behavior has purpose. All behavior is owned. One cannot disconnect from a behavior to be so objective that "why" is the primary focus. Indeed, "why" should a behavior be categorized as "wrong", and "why" should a behavior be legally owned by the group, are both valid equations in the argument of moral legislation. Defer you to Kohlberg's research into Moral Development and his books on Moral Philosophy.
John5840 Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 4:51 PM
You are actually closer to the truth than you may realize. It is quite possible for towoopposing viewpoints to be equally moral.

It’s one of the perennial debates in America, especially when we’re faced with socially divisive issues: Can you legislate morality?

If we mean by that question, “Can you make people moral through laws?” the answer is plainly no. If we mean, “Are laws put in place to govern people’s moral behavior?” the answer is plainly yes.

Morality is actually one of the main things that we must legislate, and my suspicion is that even those who bristle at this statement actually agree. As Frank Turek observed, “It never fails. Whenever some conservative takes a stand on a moral issue, some liberal...