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Thread: Should the government legislate morality?

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    Re: Should the government legislate morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    yet there are other sound reasons to make murder illegal-ie to prevent anarchy and vigilante justice. however, there are no other reasons to say ban liquor sales on sunday or hunting on sunday
    why ban things on specific days? it's ridiculous.
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    Re: Should the government legislate morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Krhazy View Post
    Common sense. It's my notion that punishing someone for actions that don't harm anyone is unfair.
    And what makes your understanding of "harm" better than anyone else's? I can play this game all day. No matter what argument you put forth for or against a certain law, you are still arguing morality.

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    Re: Should the government legislate morality?

    Government, at least here in the USA, is an extension of the people. Do the people have the right to legislate morality? Yeah, I think we do, and we excersize that right daily.

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    Re: Should the government legislate morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    And what makes your understanding of "harm" better than anyone else's? I can play this game all day. No matter what argument you put forth for or against a certain law, you are still arguing morality.
    I fully realize this. My point is that there is a clear distinction between the type of morality that can be legislated and the types of "morality" (aka prejudice, ignorance, etc.) that cannot be.

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    Re: Should the government legislate morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Krhazy View Post
    I fully realize this. My point is that there is a clear distinction between the type of morality that can be legislated and the types of "morality" (aka prejudice, ignorance, etc.) that cannot be.
    I would like to see you define that distinction. Because my point is that there isn't one. There is only the morality of one person, as contrasted by the morality of another.

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    Re: Should the government legislate morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    Don't we have incest laws to keep them from reproducing? I thought the law was to protect against that and not the ick factor. Anyway, for whatever reason, I think brother/sister father/daughter marriages should remain illegal.
    Probably, but I honestly don't care. Not that many people in the country who would even think about having a sexual relationship with a close relative. I'm just saying that the government doesn't really have the right, in my opinion, to make anything consenting adults wish to do illegal. Once government starts, history has shown they just keep on going. Inter-racial marriages were once illegal. Marriages between people of differing religions was once illegal. Marriages between individuals of certain tribes was once illegal. Polygamy and bigamy are still illegal.

    Government has been panty-sniffing consenting adults too long. Time for them to "butt" () out!

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    Re: Should the government legislate morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    Once government starts, history has shown they just keep on going.
    I've found the opposite to be true. As you note... interracial marriage was once illegal. A lot of things were once illegal, but have since been allowed.

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    Re: Should the government legislate morality?

    I've never understood for the life of me...people who label themselves "conservatives", yet advocate for huge big government in the social arena.
    <font size=5><b>Its been several weeks since the Vegas shooting.  Its it still "Too Early" or can we start having the conversation about finally doing something about these mass shootings???​</b></font>

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    Re: Should the government legislate morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    I've never understood for the life of me...people who label themselves "conservatives", yet advocate for huge big government in the social arena.
    The history? Because they found that they couldn't win elections often enough based on a small government platform alone, so they had to absorb a bunch of control freak social conservatives who had really no one representing their desires. It was an unholy alliance.
    You can never be safe from a government that can keep you completely safe from each other and the world. You must choose.

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    Re: Should the government legislate morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    And what makes your understanding of "harm" better than anyone else's? I can play this game all day. No matter what argument you put forth for or against a certain law, you are still arguing morality.
    I value security, order and liberty because when I have them I am happy. I want laws to be instituted that foster these things.

    Can you please point out where morality comes into this rationale?
    You can never be safe from a government that can keep you completely safe from each other and the world. You must choose.

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