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You Can (Not) Legislate Morality?

wlins Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 5:39 PM
Where is the research suggesting that moral reason can be legislated? Behavior is obviously vulnerable. Unless someone is brainwashed to think a specific pattern, then the exercise of free thought processing and informaiton processing cannot be legislated. Under the heavy influence of cultural rewards and punishments, yes, the subject will begin to change his thinking to agree with the majority lest a shock treatment be sent his way. But under normal living experiences, thinking is sitll an internal process. Behavior can be legislated: don't smoke in publics places; don't DUI; don't spit on the sidewalk; -- all types of do's and don't can be consensually agreed upon as desireable behaviors. And, agreed, whose moral values/reasoning?

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...