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    Morally Wrong Behavior vs. What the Civil Government Should Prohibit

    Out of all of the things that are morally wrong, how do you know what the civil government should prohibit? There is some overlap between the two, but they are not identical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornet View Post
    Out of all of the things that are morally wrong, how do you know what the civil government should prohibit? There is some overlap between the two, but they are not identical.
    No easy answers. Yet we generally have a consensus that things that do physical harm or defraud or things like stealing should be prohibit. When I was growing up though things like adultery, fornication, homosexuality were against the law, even felonies. You could not open a business on Sunday or hunt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seer View Post
    No easy answers. Yet we generally have a consensus that things that do physical harm or defraud or things like stealing should be prohibit. When I was growing up though things like adultery, fornication, homosexuality were against the law, even felonies. You could not open a business on Sunday or hunt.
    We still have blue laws here where you can't buy liquor on Sundays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    We still have blue laws here where you can't buy liquor on Sundays.
    Religious zealots!
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    Quote Originally Posted by seer View Post
    No easy answers. Yet we generally have a consensus that things that do physical harm or defraud or things like stealing should be prohibit. When I was growing up though things like adultery, fornication, homosexuality were against the law, even felonies. You could not open a business on Sunday or hunt.
    I agree that the civil government should prohibit things that cause physical harm and other things like defrauding someone or stealing. However, those aren't the only things that should be prohibited. Public nudity is prohibited and I agree with that.

    What are the reasons that people use for and against the idea that adultery and fornication should be against the civil law?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornet View Post

    What are the reasons that people use for and against the idea that adultery and fornication should be against the civil law?
    They were largely religious in nature but the feeling was that unbridled sexual lust would undermine civil order. Which is exactly what happened with the sexual revolution...
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    I think adultery should be illegal because it isn't victimless. I get that some people have open relationships and don't care, but if you want to do that, you shouldn't sully the institution of marriage by calling what you have a marriage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seer View Post
    They were largely religious in nature but the feeling was that unbridled sexual lust would undermine civil order. Which is exactly what happened with the sexual revolution...
    I guess the criteria for determining whether something should be punished by the civil government is whether an action does physical harm to someone, damages property, steals property, defrauds someone, or undermines civil order.
    Last edited by Hornet; 01-23-2020 at 08:16 AM.

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    What do you think about the idea that all nations should enforce all of the penal sanctions that are in the Old Testament? How would you respond to those who hold that view?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornet View Post
    What do you think about the idea that all nations should enforce all of the penal sanctions that are in the Old Testament? How would you respond to those who hold that view?
    I think those penalties would be just, but a society also should practice mercy.
    Atheism is the cult of death, the death of hope. The universe is doomed, you are doomed, the only thing that remains is to await your execution...

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