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You Can (Not) Legislate Morality?

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.

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...