Reading through threads about abortion, gay marriage, etc. got me wondering - should personal views of what is moral influence the way a society as a whole is run or should they be - as I pointed out before - just personal?
There are obvious things such as murder that is considered to be immoral that need to be (and are) outlawed as it affects the general population. However should issues like abortions and gay marriage, that are obviously personal and cause no harm to general population, be outlawed because they do not agree with the moral views of certain groups (that are often the minority)?
Personally I believe that my views of morality should not influence the lives of others.
- Thread Starter
- 09-04-2013 22:21
- Section Leader
- 09-04-2013 23:05
It is inevitable that the people who control the laws of a society will impose their morality on others, whatever it may be. But in my view, there is no such thing as a victimless crime - crimes without victims are not crimes at all. I can't help but to see the banning of freedoms when they harm none - especially when they benefit others - to be the immoral action, and so these personal choices that you mention should never in my mind be seen as immoral.
- 10-04-2013 13:53
You shouldn't outlaw or ban holding a certain opinion, no matter what it is.
- 12-04-2013 16:20
Every single law has come from or have been influenced by morality. this is not someone 'imposing' their views all the time.
by you saying that your morality should not influence or diminish or restrict others, is a sense of morality in and of itself. if you want that to be law, which it is in some cases - freedom of speech, etc. - then your morality just influenced that law.
though you mention only three topics of morality, there are a ton more that deal with actions such as rape and murder, not just how someone talks, thinks, or what ever.
To try and say that morality should not influence society and govt. is a backwards mentality. backwards because nothing would be done. everything would be at a stand still, if taken into the strictness of meanings/example.
even for a little bit, say no Y morality may enter politics. you can not deter nor limit a person based purely on their morals or beliefs, you just stated that. more importantly, a person can no put aside nor should they put aside their morals/beliefs just to participate in society/politics/etc.
(Original post by Kiss)
You shouldn't outlaw or ban holding a certain opinion, no matter what it is.Last edited by da_nolo; 12-04-2013 at 16:27.