Religion has to do with our duty to God, but morality has to do with our duty to one another. No one wants to require by law when, where, how, or if you must worship. That would be legislating religion. But everyone in politics is trying to tell you how your ought to treat one another, and that’s legislating morality.
Even on abortion– the most divisive issue of the day– both sides want to legislate or impose morality. The pro-life side wants to impose continued pregnancy on the mother. But the pro-abortion side wants to impose death on the baby whenever abortion is chosen. Both sides argue from moral positions (a right to life/a right to “choose”) and want to impose it via law. When Hillary Clinton, for example, argues that a woman has a right to choose, she is arguing from a supposed moral position. The problem for Hillary is that there should be no “right to choose” the death of another innocent human being. The right to life is the right to all other rights– if you don’t have life you don’t have anything. What do you think Hillary would want the law to be if we could put her back into the womb?
The criticism of politicians like Huckabee and Romney could be answered if they would just distinguish between religion and morality. Most moral principles are consistent with religious teachings, but that doesn’t prevent us from legislating them. If you couldn’t legislate a moral value because it’s found in the Bible, then we couldn’t have laws against murder, rape and theft! In fact, nearly every good law we have is in someway consistent with one of the Ten Commandments.
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