Should religious morality be legislated?

I think I've asked a similar question before, but after some recent conversations I'd be interested in seeing what the current opinion is on the subject.

  • Yes, I think it should be legislated.
    Vote A
  • No, laws should be secular in nature.
    Vote B
  • I'm an atheist/ not religious.
    Vote C
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Most Helpful Girl

  • I am a strong Christian, but I am a firm believer in separation of church and state. Because the laws that protect a Wiccan's right to practice rituals is the exact same law that protects my right to attend my church of my choice.

    I don't believe that God would want people to just follow his laws because they are forced to--I think there is a certain genuineness he wants. I would have if a polytheistic government tried to oppress me with their beliefs, and I won't oppress them with mine. Do I want all people to convert and believe in Christ? Yes, of course. As a Christian, that is ultimately what I want. But also as a Christian, I believe in the law of freewill that God established from the beginning, so I understand that true morality is not forced.

    I believe secular laws that keep us from killing each other, but force us to cooperate as a society on an interpersonal level--as neutral as possible--is the best way to go.

    • I would hate* if a polytheistic government

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    • I agree with you I hate hypocrisy like that. I mean no one is perfect but I try my best to hold standards that I set for myself. I know I fall short sometimes but at least I try.

    • Yeah exactly just like you were saying it shows how people with that kind of mentality are hypocritical

Most Helpful Guy

  • No that would violate the first amendment which pretty allows the freedom to practice any religion or none at all, and our founding fathers warned against the notion of a theocracy especially a Christian one. So in spite those so called patriotic right wingers claiming America is a Christian country it never was and never meant for that.

    • so to all you Christian Americans out there, if you want to live a Christian life go ahead and feel free to do so, but leave the rest of us out of it don't try to force it we're not interested.

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    • exactly there are many things I dislike. Guess what though, I don't want them outlawed because everyone has the right to freedom to live their lives as they please. So yes let people do what you want don't like it don't do it lol.

    • *Exactly

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What Girls Said 8

  • Ignoring all the issues with the idea of creating laws based on holy books, I would take issue with the very idea of 'Religious Morality' in the first place.
    I doubt there is a person alive who actually follows everything in their respective holy book. Anyone making laws based on their faith would just be picking and choosing what parts they wanted to follow. I can't imagine many Christians wanting to see Slavery legalised.

  • No, dumb question.

    You want to follow a religion? Go ahead. So long as you don't push it on me and you don't break the law.

  • There needs to be more separation between church and state.

  • Laws should be justified by evidence, not dogma. It doesn't matter whether this dogma is religious or secular. For example, because of feminist dogma the way we rehabilitate domestic violence offenders in many US states is extremely ineffective. Many feminists are convinced that domestic violence is caused by the "patriarchy" and that the way to treat offenders is to indoctrinate them into feminism (Duluth Method). Turns out that cognitive behavior therapy, anger management, and training in nonviolent communication are much more effective. The feminist theory on domestic violence is also heteronormative and has nothing to say about the prevalence of domestic violence in same sex relationships.

  • It deponds on the place.

    However I find nothing wrong in atheist nations taking inspiration from religions.

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What Guys Said 32

  • Well since religions aren't all compatible with each other, hell, even denominations of the same religion aren't necessarily compatible so which would we choose to use as our moral guideline? No... if you want to live your life a certain way, that's up to you. I don't view religions as being all that moral anyway

  • Should we teach that killing disobedient teens is okay? Should we teach that we should kill someone for working on the Sabbath? Should we teach that women aren't allowed to talk in church? Should we teach that women were created as a "help-meet" for men?
    No, because I could find better morality in the Rick James bible.

    • What a load of crap you say. Smh. Women can speak in the chruch you fool they are just not allowed to preach.

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    • @Hispanic-Cool-Guy you're such a hypocrite. Even your fellow Christians don't like you on this site.

    • You mean the lukewarm ones that hate the Bible but claim to be Christians? All I ever say it's the truth.

      Check out what the Lord Jesus said about it.

      Matthew 10:11-15:

      “Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out. And when you go into a household, greet it.

      If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.

      And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.

      Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!

  • "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's". (Matthew 22:15-22, Mark 12:13-17, Luke 20:19-26)

    In other words, a separation between temporal power (The State) and spiritual power (The Church) *is itself* a Christian concept.

    • lol that's a bit of a paradox.

    • Not really. Look around the world at which cultures and religions have secular governments and which do not. See a pattern? You should...

    • It's a paradox because you're saying we should have a secular government because your religion says so... You don't see how that's at least somewhat humorous?

  • Ideally yes if using the Bible. The Bible gives great moral laws such not murder, not steal, not lie, no, adultery, and no whoring around.

    However, I don't believe in forcing religious morality on any secular people since they don't accept religion as a moral guide.

    • I voted B.

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    • *A man shall not take his father’s wife, nor uncover his father’s bed.

      I put that there by accident. Ignore it.

    • I know that the old world was different. What I'm saying is that the bible is just a relic of the old world and should not be used to influence morality or make laws. It's the writings of a bunch of murdering, raping, slaving desert nomads collected over 900 years and heavily edited by European churches to help them control different countries. It doesn't reflect our modern understanding of morality or rule of law.
      There's a reason that 99.9% of the bible is completely ignored by modern Christian's. It's because stoning children for misbehaving and selling your daughters to their rapists is wrong, and we all know it.

  • Holy shit no. If you want a religious run country then move to Saudi Arabia. Leave my freedom alone.

    • Muh freedom!

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    • No I agree, I'm a libertarian, that's our whole thing lol

    • Cool, I support and share many libertarian beliefs ^_^

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