Commonwealth Policy Center

One of the most difficult issues to talk about in public yet most necessary for our survival is that of moral boundaries. We live in a highly individualized society where we’re averse to other people telling us how to live. Yet at a certain point, other people’s choices begin to affect all of us, including our own freedom. It has been said that you can’t legislate morality. However, all legislation is based on somebody’s morality, it’s simply a question of whose morality will it be based upon. Even though you can’t change someone’s heart through the law, you can stop them from imposing their immorality on others. Martin Luther King Jr. put it this way: “It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.”