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Monday, January 30, 2017

ETHICS AND MORALITY. THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE INDIFFERENT. PT 2.

Constitution, United States, Usa, America
A STRICT FAITH BASED SYSTEM OF MORALITY DIFFERS FROM THE 
OTHERS IN ONE IMPORTANT FACTOR:

THERE IS NO EVALUATION DONE BY THE INDIVIDUAL TO UNDERSTAND, OR EVEN JUSTIFY WHY THEY SHOULD FOLLOW, OR OBEY THE MORAL DOCTRINE THAT IS SET FORTH IN THE PARTICULAR SYSTEM OF FAITH.

IN FACT, TO EVEN QUESTION THE "WORD", REGARDLESS OF THE HOW AND WHY, MIGHT BE CONSIDERED AN IMMORAL ACT. CONCEPTS OF "RIGHT" AND "WRONG", OR, "GOOD" AND "EVIL" ARE USUALLY NON-NEGOTIABLE, WITH LITTLE, IF ANY, ROOM FOR COMPROMISE.

However,  

If One Lives in a Country that is not some form of THEOCRACY, perhaps a CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC LIKE THE U.S, A DEGREE OF ADJUSTMENT OR ACCOMMODATION MUST BE MADE TO CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CODES OF LAW, OR YOU RISK PUNISHMENT AND CENSURE FROM GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES.

In the U.S., the BILL OF RIGHTS  SAYS:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;"

For this Article, I am referencing this for a Specific Reason:

WHILE CERTAIN BEHAVIORS, BELIEFS, OR ATTITUDES MAY BE CONSIDERED IMMORAL AND UNACCEPTABLE TO THE RELIGIOUS FAITH OF THE INDIVIDUAL, THE LEGAL SYSTEM MAY CONSIDER THEM PERMISSIBLE, AND THEREFORE NO PUNISHMENT WILL BE EXACTED BY CIVIL AUTHORITIES.

UNFORTUNATELY, MANY PEOPLE EQUATE THE FOLLOWING:

        SINS OF THE FAITH = CRIMES AGAINST THE STATE/SOCIETY.

I KNOW THIS IS DIFFICULT FOR SOME TO ACCEPT, BUT THEY ARE NOT ONE AND THE SAME, IF WE ARE DISCUSSING FREE AND OPEN FORMS OF GOVERNMENT.

As we have seen Time and Time Again, even in the U.S., THERE ARE THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT: 

FREEDOM OF RELIGION = NO RIGHTS FOR THOSE WHO VIOLATE THE MORAL CODE OF MY FAITH.

HOWEVER, NOT ALL FAITH BASED SYSTEMS OF MORALITY VIEW THEIR ROLE AS PRIVATE CITIZENS THE SAME WAY, AT LEAST IN TERMS OF TOLERATING OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS.

IN AN ADAPTIVE SYSTEM OF FAITH BASED MORALITY,  the GOAL IS TO WORK WITH OTHER SYSTEMS OF MORALITY, ESPECIALLY ONE THAT IS CREATED BY A GOVERNMENT THAT SETS A PRIORITY ON CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS.


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