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Should we be legislating morality?

If you think so, how do you feel we should go about this? Whose morality compass should we follow? How do you take into account how diverse the word "moral" is among Americans? Isn't it too subjective to legislate?

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sahmamax2

Asked by sahmamax2 at 7:38 PM on Sep. 17, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • That would be next to impossible.
    butterflyblue19

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 7:39 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • IA butterfly....not to mention it would be trampling all over the constitution and basterdizing the entire reason our founding fathers came to this country to begin with.
    sahmamax2

    Comment by sahmamax2 (original poster) at 7:41 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • ah man..i'm leaving for dinner...this will be a good one!! :))

    i'll check back later..and btw, i was thinking along the lines of subjectivity, too.
    dullscissors

    Answer by dullscissors at 7:43 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • i for one don't want to live up to the "morals" of folks who have their heads up their asses!
    butterflyblue19

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 7:43 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • Of course not.
    onethentwins

    Answer by onethentwins at 7:46 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • The term "legislating morality" doesn't mean what you think it means. It doesn't mean passing legislation to control morality, it means that passing legislation in order to control morality, will not actually make one moral. In other words, you can pass legislation to control morality, but that legislation will not make a person moral. Just because you make a law doesn't mean that it will be followed. Congress could pass a law banning gay marriage (for example) but that won't suddenly make homosexuals "give up" and go straight. Likewise, Congress could pass a law requiring all high schoolers to do community service (oh wait they've already done that), but that won't give them a servant's heart.
    Gal51

    Answer by Gal51 at 7:48 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • So the question remains, should be passing legislation to control morality? And by whose compass should those laws be made from, and what morals are we going to try to have others follow?
    sahmamax2

    Comment by sahmamax2 (original poster) at 8:32 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • Absolutely not. Morality is too subjective. There are too many different ways of understanding. Homosexuality, for example, or the way we can choose to dress, or being able to decide whether we want to drink or smoke.... Unless the action in question is going to directly harm someone else, or infringe on their rights, there's no real reason to legislate against it.
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 9:18 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • Well, technically, most of our laws are about "morals." I am sure you can find people who think it is absolutly morally acceptable to murder someone. However, we have made laws against it. I think laws should be based on public majority, especially if they fall into a "gray" area (gay rights for instance).
    -Ashley
    spiritguide_23

    Answer by spiritguide_23 at 9:42 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • "However, we have made laws against it. I think laws should be based on public majority, especially if they fall into a "gray" area (gay rights for instance"

    Most laws however are based on whether the action can harm another human being. Being gay does not. therefore should not be legislated against.(gay marriage)
    sahmamax2

    Comment by sahmamax2 (original poster) at 9:46 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

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