The Irrationality of Believing “You Can’t Legislate Morality”

Ramon Arias | July 13, 2015

How many times have you heard or been told, “You can’t legislate morality”? The question is do you believe that statement to be true? If you do, you are in good company with millions who are likeminded. But do not celebrate, the fact that the majority believes this does not mean they are accurate in their understanding.

The reason I’m a passionate believer of unrevised history is because of the undeniable facts it provides, which shatters all misguided understanding of social reality. For over six thousand years, humans have repealed laws that regulate morality they don’t like. Anyone who is considered an authority in the field of law and/or morality and says, "You can't legislate morality," is well aware they are lying and hoping you accept their unwise authority, and assimilate into their nefarious agenda.

Have you ever thought that all law is in relation to morality? The word “legislate” means to establish, create or enact laws. It is impossible not to have governing laws in the home, school, workplace, traffic, civil government, church, sports, community, state, nation and the world. The 1828 Webster Dictionary provides the following information:

LEG'ISLATE, verb intransitive [Latin lex, legis, law, and fero, latum, to give, pass or enact.]

The following is one definition of law:

The principles and regulations established in a community by some authority and applicable to its people, whether in the form of legislation or of custom and policies recognized and enforced by judicial decision. [1]

We can say with certainty that all laws are made to legislate morality. History teaches us that each law is going to be rejected by some who disagree with those who define law to legislate morality. The moral laws that regulate morality against murder, stealing, sexual misconduct and other moral preference can vary from nation to nation, and the common trend is they all legislate their morality.

An obvious question is: where do humans get their value systems about what is right and wrong to legislate morality? A society is bound by its understanding of law since all law has a foundation in morality and its source is based on religion. The Latin word religio means to bind anew, or the interpretation religare “to bind fast.” All laws are moral and all morality is religious. Therefore, the ethics of a Hindu, Muslim, humanist, and biblical Christian are in conflict. When people embrace different ethics they are also electing to replace their beliefs, and this change will directly impact their laws and culture. The United States is rapidly moving from Biblical Christianity to the humanist camp in its moral law.

America must accept that by changing her morality she can expect the changes to be detrimental for the present and future generations. Anyone who thinks they can remain neutral is misguided. There is no such thing as neutrality in any area of life, much less when it comes to morality.

Noah Webster (October 16, 1758 – May 28, 1843) was closer to the history of this nation and was able to give the English definition of words in view of two hundred years of Colonial history to support the way Biblical morals influenced America’s heritage. Let us consider the definition of three words, Legislate, Law and Morality:

Legislate

To make or enact a law or laws. It is a question whether it is expedient to legislate at present on the subject. Let us not legislate when we have no power to enforce our laws.

Law

A rule, particularly an established or permanent rule, prescribed by the supreme power of a state to its subjects, for regulating their actions, particularly their social actions. Laws are imperative or mandatory, commanding what shall be done; prohibitory, restraining from what is to be forborn; or permissive, declaring what may be done without incurring a penalty. The laws, which enjoin the duties of piety and morality, are prescribed by God and found in the Scriptures.

Law of nature, is a rule of conduct arising out of the natural relations of human beings established by the Creator, and existing prior to any positive precept. Thus it is a law of nature, that one man should not injure another, and murder and fraud would be crimes, independent of any prohibition from a supreme power.

Morality

The quality of an action, which renders it good; the conformity of an act to the divine law, or to the principles of rectitude. This conformity implies that the act must be performed by a free agent, and from a motive of obedience to the divine will. This is the strict theological and scriptural sense of morality but we often apply the word to actions, which accord with justice and human laws, without reference to the motives from which they proceed.

When the homosexual lifestyle was signaled out as moral perversion, the hard left and liberals used to push on us the mantra of no moral legislation. They enjoyed misquoting Jesus by saying: “judge not that you may not be judged.” Now, five U.S. Supreme Court Justices, in violation of the constitution and natural law, imposed a law upon the nation declaring same-sex marriages as legal, when same-sex behavior was considered immoral for thousands of years. 

 Now can you understand why it is irrational to believe that “You can’t legislate morality”? No one can live without any system of law. Law and morality are not neutral no matter how ideologues want to spin it. Therefore it is impossible not to legislate morality. Now, the real question is whose law and morality do we want to be under, God or man? At present, we are experiencing how great civilizations and nations are destroyed. Also, we are witnessing how man’s laws are making biblical Christians out to be criminals when they reject the new law, new morality and new religion. We have a choice, to accept man’s definition of right and wrong or God’s definition of right and wrong. For decades, I have accepted God’s perspective and all is well with my soul. I am more than willing to live by, and fight for anything else that may be required of me to bring others to the knowledge, understanding and wisdom of The Almighty One and His Culture.

John Quincy Adams, 6th U.S. President, wrote to his son:

“There are three points of doctrine the belief of which forms the foundation of all morality. The first is the existence of God; the second is the immortality of the human soul; and the third is a future state of rewards and punishments.

Suppose it possible for a man to disbelieve either of these three articles of faith and that man will have no conscience, he will have no other law than that of the tiger or the shark.

The laws of man may bind him in chains or may put him to death, but they never can make him wise, virtuous, or happy.” [2]