Legislating Morality

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    Professor Mike S. Adams at UNC-Wilmington has written a letter to each of his students for the upcoming semester. Mike S. Adams is a small island of conservatism in the middle of an ocean of liberalism and UNC-Wilmington, so he tries to dispel the liberal myths that other professors have passed off as fact (it's appropriate, as he teaches Sociology 101). This semester, he's taking on the myth that you can't legislate morality.

    http://www.townhall.com/columnists/MikeSAdams/2006/10/12/legislating_morality
     
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    That was excellent, Hobbit! Thanks!
     
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    :clap1: Excellent! We need more educators like that!
     
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    fantastic!
     
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    Wonderful to see that there ARE some professors in universities that are able to challenge the status quo.

    As a reply to the myth that "you can't legislate morality," I will go so far as to say that you can't NOT legislate morality. This is not to say that I believe we should set up a mandatory state religion. However, the very existence of law and order means that people are trying to punish certain behaviors and reward others. Thus, moral value is assigned to the behavior addressed in each law.
     
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    Well written and well thought out.
     
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    I respectfully disagree. Nobody is force to AGREE with morality. We CAN and DO legislate a degree of morality with most every law. Actions reflect how we FEEL about Morality - not about Morality in and of itself.
     
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    I guess if we're going to discuss this, we may as well define what morality is. What's your definition?
     
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    The definition of Morality isn't relevant. What's relevant is how one REACTS to said definition. Actions are forbidden or allowed BECAUSE of morality. It's the ACTIONS which people do or don't do - regardless of if they agree or whatever...

    make sense?
     
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    The definition of morality is extremely relevant, especially as it relates to ethics. Do we legislate morality or do we legislate ethics?
     

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