Well, even times beginning with Hammurabi made morality law. I also do not like moral relativism, as I see it as a pernicious force in public life.
"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
Give a man a fish, or he will destroy the only existing vial of antidote.
Slavery.... the majority of people in America once supported slavery, and civil rights also required a fight against the majority of Americans at one time too. If you look into the history of slavery, you'd see that slave owners and preachers used bible passages to support slavery and morally justify it.
Christianity and History: Bible, Race & Slavery
Christianity and slavery - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A boy, Emmett Till, was even murdered and his murders got away with the crime... and that was once a popular and acceptable decision the legal system made.
Goshin argued, "all laws are oppressive to someone," and I disagree. Laws are not oppressive to the ruling class. Iraqi laws were not oppressive to Saddam Hussein or his sons. The Nazi Regime didn't oppress Hitler or anybody in his party. It's the same in Iran, North Korea, and in any country where the government denies the people freedom, liberty, or tortures them.
The people in those countries who benefited and stuffed their pockets with money made off the backs of the people they exploited didn't decry colonialism or slavery, or support topping Saddam Hussein or the USSR... and they aren't in the streets rioting in Egypt now.
I also think that most people are utilitarian... they will consciously make an immoral decision, if they reason that the end justifies the means. I don't try to see the world in absolutes...
But oppression as I am describing and talking about is immoral IMO... and when the law upholds one group's view of morality and doing so oppresses another group, then that government is not moral. It doesn't matter if the majority thinks it's right or acceptable, or the majority has the power to impose their will by force.