Question: Are Illegal and Immoral The Same Thing?

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Many folks do regard anything which is illegal is also immoral, and try to stay within those confines...how do you feel?

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  • Profile picture of the author Jesse L
    Somehow I don't see Not wearing my seatbelt as being immoral. Actually, I don't see most preventative laws as being immoral, at least from the citizen's side. Now, some of the laws being passed seem to be a different story.
  • Profile picture of the author Josh Monroe
    Originally Posted by MoneyMagnetMagnate View Post

    Many folks do regard anything which is illegal is also immoral, and try to stay within those confines...how do you feel?

    (You are free to voice any opinions, as long as they regard the forum rules of no P/R...)
    Thats a good one.

    I think that there area a lot of illegal things that aren't immoral BUT I think there are a lot more LEGAL things that you could class as immoral.

    I guess at the end of the day it comes down to people individually and their views.
  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Slavery was once legal and we all know how moral that was... :rolleyes:
  • Profile picture of the author lastdual
    Legality is the lowest measure of morality. By the standards of legality, the only real sin is getting caught.
  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Morality allows a person to live as a credit to themselves and society. Laws are sometimes completely immoral. It can cause major conflict.

    If a government makes free speech illegal - it is an immoral law. If they are using their powers to slaughter people and you know it - you will be breaking the law to speak out, yet you are acting with moral right.
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    What about the option, "Just because it is illegal does not make it immoral"?
  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    You are trying to make your question an "if then" statement and it is not.
    The answer to your question,which is the answer you left out of your poll,is no.
  • Profile picture of the author LarryC
    The way the poll is set up, the first statement is absurd, the second one is iffy and the final two are reasonable. I would imagine most people would agree with both #3 and #4, so it doesn't make sense to have to choose one or the other.
  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    There are LOTS of immoral things that aren't illegal, and many illegal things aren't immoral.

    Steve
  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Laws are the governments way of trying to force a code of conduct on its citizens. Morality is the code of conduct people choose for themselves.
  • Profile picture of the author williambrown
    Some acts are illegal or legal in some estates or countries even if it is really immoral. Even if it is legal it doesn't really mean that it is not immoral.
  • Profile picture of the author lcombs
    Mindless question.
    There is no connection between morality and legality.

    Ex. I can meet a woman in a bar, take her home and do whatever we want.
    As long as I don't pay her.
    Immoral, yes.
    Ilegal, no.
    Stupid, yes.
  • Profile picture of the author Ian Varnava
    Just because it is immoral does not make it illegal
    ^^ This, IMO. Obviously, not always the case, but in general.

    The example I will use is this:

    People who abuse liberal return policies of stores. The store has a 90 day no-questions-asked return policy, so they buy things, use them for 89 days and return/exchange them.

    They keep repeating this cycle and many have been successfully doing it for years and years, truly 'milking the system'. They always have 'new' things and they never 'pay' for them.

    Immoral? Absolutely.

    Illegal? Far from it. It's within the return policy of the store. The store chooses to have such a liberal return policy and accommodate such 'customers'. Nothing illegal about it.

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