Sunday, April 15, 2007

You Can't Legislate Morality

That slippery slope better known as Texas versus Lawrence continues its downhill slide. It is being used as the basis for arguments for gay adoption, polygamy and now incest.

"When we first read some of the language about dignity and how the state doesn't have a right to impose its moral code on its citizens, we thought this decision would be extremely powerful and widely followed," Katine told TIME. "I am disappointed that the lower courts have not followed some of the language that is contained in Lawrence."

Note the argument in the Times article that society cannot "legislate morality".

Oh really? Catholics know that argument is nonsense. For an excellent refutation of that argument, listen to Mark Shea's 6-minute podcast on this very topic. His talk was so clear and easy to understand that I loaded it onto my iPod and brought it into the nineth grade CCD class I was teaching.

Here's the link to Catholic Exchange's Rock Solid podcast archive page, look for the podcast on January 15th.

(H/T to In God's Image on Long Island for the Times article)


Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

Bah. All law legislates morality.

Lynne said...

Exactly! But the liberals tell us we can't do it.

Smoking bans are a type of morality, car emissions laws are a type of morality...