Friday, November 05, 2010

Legislating Morality

In light of the recent elections here in Colorado, here is something worthwhile on which to meditate: "Why We Can't Help but Legislate Morality."

Micah Watson opens with these words:

“You can’t legislate morality” has become a common turn of phrase. The truth, however, is that every law and regulation that is proposed, passed, and enforced has inherent in it some idea of the good that it seeks to promote or preserve. Indeed, no governing authority can in any way be understood to be morally neutral. Those who think such a chimerical understanding is possible could hardly be more wrong. For, in fact, the opposite is true: You cannot not legislate morality.

Read the whole thing.

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