Continued from last Thursday.
6/30/2009 01:05:22 am
Thought provoking as always, Nate. I'd suggest that ALL laws are a regulation of morals. The questions of whether I have the right to steal from another, or take the life of another, are moral questions. The question about whether you or a government entity has the right to stop me from doing those things, that is a moral question. So in my mind the question is not, "should government regulate morals?" because it should and it does. The question, I think, is "Whose morals should provide the template for those regulations?" The founders believed that Christianity provided the perfect standard for both morality and law.
6/30/2009 03:05:21 am
I tend to agree with Mr. G, although I wouldn't say ALL laws are regulation of morals. Laws against murder, rape, theft, etc. are moral laws. But the Oregon legislature just banned the use of handheld cell phones while driving. That's not a moral law. That's government interference in people's personal lives. Unfortunately, as a society, we have reached the point where we look to government for just about everything: job security, retirement income, healthcare, you name it. And it's a cycle: the more we demand government "do something", the more it will do, which puts us into a dependence mode, in which we concede ever more control over our lives to the government.
Interesting stuff. Going off what Mr. G said about "Whose morals should provide the template for those regulations?", I am reminded of the words of Lao Tzu.
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Nathan Key likes to think about faith and philosophy and talk about it with others. He lives with his family in New Hampshire. He doesn't always refer to himself in the third person.