A common idea I have seen proposed in many debates and lectures is the idea that our laws were put into place in order to keep our society moral. So in effect we are legislating morality.
I think this is the root problem in our society. When legislating morality, one has to ask "Who's morals?" and it opens the door to silly debates on what society should allow.I.E.: Gay marriage, censorship of films, games etc. I think in order to have a just society we need to throw the concept of morality right out the window when making laws.
Instead the sole principal that should be considered is the liberties of the people a law would effect.
In order for a act to become illegal, that act has to infringe on the rights of other citizens. For example I cannot assault a person because I have taken away that persons right to go about their day unmolested. Drug laws however would by necessity become much looser. As long as I am not hurting another person in order to use them, no drug should be denied to me. If I want to ruin my body that is my right.
Anyways I would like to read what you people think. Should morality rule in the making of a law? Or should laws only be determined by considering the liberties of the citizens.