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Old 09-06-2019, 10:17 PM
Little Nemo is offline
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Do you feel laws are based on morality?

In the now-locked thread Are you pro-choice because you are smart? we got into a discussion of the connection between law and morality.

My position can be summed up by what I posted in the other thread: I believe the law is just a codified expression of our moral consensus. I feel that people make decisions about what acts are moral and what acts are immoral and when the opinion is widespread in a society it becomes expressed as a law.

Other posters disagreed with this viewpoint but I won't try to speak on their behalf and possibly misrepresent what their opinions were. (You can click on the link above to see what was posted.)

So do you feel laws are based on morality? Or do you feel that law and morality are two separate things? If you feel the law is separate from morality, what do you feel the basis of law is?