Sunday, November 14, 2010

Legislating Morality — There's No Avoiding That

The question is just - whose morality is to be legislated.
“You can’t legislate morality” has become a common turn of phrase. The truth, however, is that every law and regulation that is proposed, passed, and enforced has inherent in it some idea of the good that it seeks to promote or preserve. Indeed, no governing authority can in any way be understood to be morally neutral. Those who think such a chimerical understanding is possible could hardly be more wrong. For, in fact, the opposite is true: You cannot not legislate morality.
The Soconvivium has an example of what secularist morality is like. Here's another great example, provided by Andrew Lawton from Strictly Right. Again it narrows down to a question of whose vision of morality will be enforced and by what sort of government.

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