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To: Jorge

It's called "Choice".

Using the State to stifle Choice in matters of adults and their relationship with vice destroys the very concept of morality...

Albert J. Nock argues in his essay, "On Doing the Right Thing," that the moral development of the individual is stunted every time the State extends its activity into new areas because the area available for the unhindered and free exercise of the human moral faculties is thus reduced.

In fact, he argues, in moral philosophy there is a fundamental assumption that individuals are responsible for their actions. It makes no sense to say that an individual should or should not do something on moral grounds (e.g. place a bet on a football game) if that individual cannot freely choose between different courses of action (if betting is illegal). Nock argues that literally there can be no such thing as morality unless one has the freedom to choose between alternatives, without external sources of coercion.


37 posted on 10/13/2006 6:14:12 PM PDT by KDD (A wink is as good as a nod to a blind horse.)
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To: KDD
Using the State to stifle Choice in matters of adults and their relationship with vice destroys the very concept of morality...

With all due respect, that's absurd and the man you quote is a moron.

The Bible tells us that God Himself gives govt the authority to enforce moral codes.

Probably because if left to the individual it would lead to anarchy and the disintegration of society.

40 posted on 10/13/2006 6:22:58 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: KDD

So you think abortion is ok, also? That's a choice issue too. And please don't tell me that abortion is different because gambling destroys lives too, and not just the one gambling.


83 posted on 10/13/2006 8:48:58 PM PDT by Not just another dumb blonde
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