Trellis A. Harris
PHI 200 Mind and Machine
August 30, 2011
Ethics, or moral philosophy, investigates how we can evaluate our behavior in terms of right and wrong, good and bad. In short, how we determine what we should do, what we should not do, and how to tell the difference. (Philosophy 2010 Mosser) In this definition of ethics, it says morally determining your behavior to be right or wrong or good and bad, but does this pertain to matters of the heart. Should others be able to dictate to them who they can and can not have an intimate relationship with? Society has taught us since the beginning of time that engaging in sexual acts with partners of the same sex is wrong any way you look at it but should society, the government or a religious group enforce that? In the eyes of Christians, it is wrong and everyone who is gay is going to hell. The bible teaches us to love one another regardless of race, creed or religion, so when society shuns gay couples and their right to love, they themselves are disobeying God also, so are they going to hell? Society recognizes marriage as a religious and legal commitment between a man and woman not between two men or two women, but as long as there is love within the unity, it should not matter. Politics can not determine if an act of love if right or wrong. Ethics are pertaining to the right and wrong of acts such as killing someone or stealing from someone, not in an emotional aspect. If the government can pass a law to sell alcohol on Sunday, they can pass one legalizing gay marriage.
Relativism is one’s ethical view relative to one’s culture, society, tradition, religion, worldview or even one’s own individual values. (Philosophy 2010 Mosser) The government is simply refusing to legalize gay marriages across the board because of religious views because gay marriage is not breaking any laws. The religious values of the world will not allow them to see...