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1) Is there any means by which any number of individuals can delegate to someone else the moral right to do something which none of the individuals have the moral right to do themselves?
2) Do those who wield political power (presidents, legislators, etc.) have the moral right to do things which other people do not have the moral right to do? If so, from whom and how did they acquire such a right?
3) Is there any process (e.g., constitutions, elections, legislation) by which human beings can transform an immoral act into a moral act (without changing the act itself)?
4) When law-makers and law-enforcers use coercion and force in the name of law and government, do they bear the same responsibility for their actions that anyone else would who did the same thing on his own?
5) When there is a conflict between an individual's own moral conscience, and the commands of a political authority, is the individual morally obligated to do what he personally views as wrong in order to "obey the law"?
originally posted by: schuyler
After a quick read here I do have a question. Who defines what "moral" is? The issue pervades the questions as if it is a given, and I don't think it is. Without defining it, I can't really begin to answer these five questions.
originally posted by: TerryMcGuire
So if even Adams suggests that our Constitution and hence our government is based on morality, how are we to define that morality. Is it up to a limited holy book to decide what is and what is not? Is it up the men who died 200 years ago? Or is it up to us? I say it is up to us and the people we elect to promote our interests.
originally posted by: cavtrooper7
a reply to: CharlestonChew
Who told THAT?
I can ...rather PERSONALLY state that after birth that statement is non applicable to the human condition.
Once a child reaches the ability to understand language the rest of the mess comes with it.
originally posted by: Azureblue
a reply to: schuyler
It does not matter who defined moral, its the same either way but perhaps you should empower yourself to make that decision.
Its not coincidental that you think that someone other than your self has the right to make this decision in your mind. This is what the ptb have done to you and millions of others in this world today, DISempowered you through the making of politician made law that says to do this , dont do do that or else !! and so you begin to think wwweeeeeeelll thats the law int it, spose I have to do as they say.
originally posted by: tothetenthpower
a reply to: CharlestonChew
I guess that's what a Jury was supposed to do originally, but we have a bastardized version of that now.