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Michael Watson: Why We Can’t Help But Legislate Morality

November 4, 2010

“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.

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  1. November 5, 2010 8:31 pm

    I’m working on a similar piece as soon as I’m done with this month’s Sunday School. I would has that there is no such thing as a “secular” government. The very act of governing denotes authority, and authority is a religious concept. What gives any group of people authority to legislate for another group? All laws are based on a view of God, Man, Law, and Ethics.

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