At it’s worst, however, it seems to be a refuge for people to espouse evil, and enforce moral restrictions on those to whom it does not apply.
It’s a tough decision, because on the one hand, I think most of us would agree that morality has to come into play. For instance, we do not think murder, theft, rape, etc. should be allowed or condoned, but on the other hand, we definitely do not want it to go to an extreme.
I’ll give an example: I personally have no moral qualms with drinking, smoking, dancing, or listening to “rock ‘n roll”. Now, to the Southern Baptists, these are all perilous evils that threaten our very souls. And I even think fundamentalist Muslims would agree with that. However, some want all or some of those criminalized (and that includes people from both sides of the political aisle).
It is obvious though that we need some type of morality in our law making. The question is, whose and what morality?
Should the Judeo-Christian morality be made law? If so, why? Why not the Babylonian ethical view point, or the Roman?
As a Christian, I of course know the Judeo-Christian morality to be right, however not everyone believes that. So do they owe respect to laws and morals that they don’t believe apply to them?
It’s a tough and treacherous path to walk along, deciding the “common morality” known as public law. But I believe that the founding fathers instituted a perfectly suited method when they set up our democratic republic.
This is shown perfectly by the fact that neither side is completely content, which is probably how it should be.
But how do I think the laws should align? I think most people agree and hold to a common morality. Most cultures throughout history have all clung to the same basic moral precepts, such as do not kill, do not steal, do not rape your brothers donkey, etc.
I also think that most people, in the right situation would bend most if not all of these ethical guidelines. The problem comes in the continual, slow bending of these ideals until they are no longer being applied and held to.
Yes, the slippery slope argument may be a logical fallacy, but the slippery slope is a moral reality. And one we must constantly struggle with.
The constant battle between freedom and law is one constantly being fought, but I am glad it’s being fought. Yes, I may not agree with the ACLU, but thank God we have morons like them to help keep us in check.
I think the lazy part of our nature longs and yearns for a society with no competition, no checks, no balances, one in which all of our ideas will be followed out, but only a fool craves that.
Entropy being what it is, and people being who they are, it’s only a matter of time before any political ideal gets twisted to an extreme that’s hardly recognizable, and I think the beauty of this country is the creative friction that exists in all of our political debates.
Yes, you may be an idiot for thinking differently, but thank you for having the passion to engage me. It’s when apathy takes over that we’re in for a real nightmare.