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    Should the government legislate morality?

    Should the government force a person to live a moral life,(if so, who decides what is moral?), or should the government let the individual have the responsibility of living a moral life.
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    Re: Should the government legislate morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Should the government force a person to live a moral life,(if so, who decides what is moral?), or should the government let the individual have the responsibility of living a moral life.
    Since a lot of our laws are based on morality, I don't believe that the government FORCES someone to do so, but if they do not there are certainly consequences.
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    Re: Should the government legislate morality?

    Like CC said, all laws are morally based. There are consequences for not obeying the law. So the government doesn't exactly force people to live a moral life, but it does punish them for not doing so.
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    Re: Should the government legislate morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    Since a lot of our laws are based on morality, I don't believe that the government FORCES someone to do so, but if they do not there are certainly consequences.
    Well yes and no. Some laws are based on a certain morality code.. murder, rape, child abuse, crime.

    However what I understand by the question is laws like.. sodomy laws, anti-homosexual laws, laws banning porn and so on and so on. Laws that try to force the population into "better morality" based on religious dogma.
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    Re: Should the government legislate morality?

    The government has no right to create laws that outlaw activity that doesnt violate the rights of the said adults involved.
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    Re: Should the government legislate morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Should the government force a person to live a moral life,(if so, who decides what is moral?), or should the government let the individual have the responsibility of living a moral life.
    Almost all laws are in some sense legislating morality. It is impossible for a government not to do so.

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    Re: Should the government legislate morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Should the government force a person to live a moral life,(if so, who decides what is moral?), or should the government let the individual have the responsibility of living a moral life.
    Our laws are based on morality. Laws against stealing,rape,murder, and so on are based on morality. So it is a silly to say that the government shouldn't legislate morality.
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    Re: Should the government legislate morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Should the government force a person to live a moral life,(if so, who decides what is moral?), or should the government let the individual have the responsibility of living a moral life.
    Depends. What do you mean by morality?

    If we're talking about banning same-sex marriage and waging a war on drugs because they make Baby Jesus cry, then no, government should not be involved. If we're talking about deciding together, as a society, that there are certain things we aren't willing to tolerate (e.g. human rights abuses, corporations taking advantage of weak people, being unable to get health care when you get sick), then yes, government absolutely should be involved.
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    Re: Should the government legislate morality?

    The government legislates morality all the time, such as making murder a felony. I'm okay with murder being a crime.

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    Re: Should the government legislate morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Depends. What do you mean by morality?

    If we're talking about banning same-sex marriage and waging a war on drugs because they make Baby Jesus cry, then no, government should not be involved. If we're talking about deciding together, as a society, that there are certain things we aren't willing to tolerate (e.g. human rights abuses, corporations taking advantage of weak people, being unable to get health care when you get sick), then yes, government absolutely should be involved.
    And what if we decide together, as a society, that we aren't willing to tolerate homosexuality?

    All laws are based on morals, and not everyone will always agree with those morals. The best we can do is impose laws that agree with most people's personal moral compass.
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