Comment: Apples to Oranges Fallacy

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Apples to Oranges Fallacy

Everyone votes based on their morality. I fully agree that the article referenced was based largely on governing philosophy. But, the philosophy of the religious right/extremists/whatever is based on theocratic principles and religious genocide in defense.

While you are loosely correct in that all laws have to do with morality of some sort, you are incorrect to compare that to Christian morality, especially of Biblical literalists. Murder is wrong for libertarian principles, it is an act of aggression against property (your life). The Bible used by the groups in question condone, and in some places command, slavery, murder, infanticide, rape, kidnapping, incest, etc... All of those are unlawful in our society - not because of religion at all, but because they go against basic principles and learned effect of human interaction.

I believe it is a semantics problem. "Morality" is hard to define. You cannot, in reality, legislate morality because that assumes everyone is subject to the same one. I probably agree with you on 9 out of 10 issues - but I also do not doubt that you and I have differences in our personal morality. That is why people, who are not part of these Evangelical groups, talk of "legislating morality" negatively, because they disagree with them on what morality is. The Evangelical groups on the other hand want their personal morality to be forced on everyone equally.

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain