Those who say we cannot legislate morality seek to avoid and oppose the morality of the majority, or destroy it a common ethos is what makes a unique people , and this ethos-defined unique people-hood is what makes a nation. If we want the government to stop legislating morality, we must become, once again a society of individuals that upholds our shared moral values we may not be able to legislate morality, but as our founders warned, we cannot afford to lose it. We all agree that we should legislate morality murder and theft are only wrong because of our god given sense of right and wrong animals kill and steal food and nesting sites and there are no consequences because they are not created in god's image, they have no conscience.
Taken in one sense we not only can legislate morality, but we must the mere protection of life, liberty and property constitutes nothing less than legislating according to a moral standard and against immoral acts. Before we can decide on whether or not a government (any government) should legislate morality, we must know what it is that is moral for the christian and the jew, for example, monogamy is given lip-service, at least, as a moral state which involves the concept of forsaking all others. How many times have we heard liberal-minded people say, when moral issues are discussed in a political context, well, you can't legislate morality sounds reasonable at first, doesn't it.
Murder is generally accepted as an immoral act conservatives aren't legislating morality by wanting to outlaw abortions any more than we all legislate morality by wanting to outlaw homicide if you are pro-choice, it is probably because you don't believe a fetus is a human until birth (or at the very least you are pro-choice up to the. Over the past several years the government has taken an obscene role in legislating morality there are many facets in this argument, yet i think we should limit them to only a bare few. Thus, we can conclude that from the beginning, our government has been legislating morality all law is rooted in morality laws without morals are in vain, said ben franklin. Thus, we are told we should not legislate morality in defining marriage as between one man and one woman, or by allowing marriage partners to commit to a covenant marriage but 30 years ago no one raised the issue of legislating morality when states unilaterally nullified the marriage contracts of all citizens by changing marriage.
The question we need to address in thinking about the examples is not whether we think the act is immoral and not even whether we think it should be illegal rather, question is whether it is the kind of issue about which the government may even consider making a law. The question at hand is: should we try to legislate morality this is a very touchy question we want the world to be as god would have it and the easiest way to do so is probably to force people to live to that standard. Can we legislate morality it is not even election year yet and already the presidential candidates are gearing up for the primaries as with every election year, the so-called dilemma of legislating morality comes up.
We can and should legislate morality but disagreement doesn't imply that there is no such thing as objective right and wrong, or rob us of any hope of moral consensus we agree on the immorality of activities like murder or rape, so our disagreements over morality don't imply that legislating based on morality is futile. We should strive to legislate all socially valuable moral teachings of scripture whose value can be meaningfully argued for in a pluralistic society laws against abortion laws protecting women, the handicapped, and the elderly laws against pornography and child abuse can all be argued for on the grounds of broad social appeal, even for the. Part 3: whose morality should we legislate chapter 7: yours or mine the battle for legislating morality is often portrayed as being between two extremes: those who want to use the bible as the country's governing document, and those who wish to force an absolute freedom from all religion. It means that we don't, or shouldn't, legislate moral beliefs based solely in tradition or religious beliefs unfortunately, people and groups who wish to do exactly that have been attacking this axiom of freedom ever since.
The power of law: can we legislate morality contemporary liberals argue that it is not possible to legislate morality, giving both theoretical and practical reasons first, virtue is a matter of free will, and therefore it cannot be coerced, so the attempt to coerce people into being virtuous is self-contradictory. We have to legislate morality because it is very hard to prove in some objective way that stealing is wrong or that anything else is wrong absent some basic understanding of what morality is so. Is it an attempt to legislate morality to tell two people that what they want to do does not fit the definition of the word marriage that does raise another question though should we also consider legislating a change in morality. We must ensure that we are encoding reasonable morality, but we also must ensure that what we are dealing with is an actual moral issue legislating preference is unethical and should be illegal, while legislating morality is, in theory, what we ought to do.