If we assume there is no God, therefore no Natural Law (the idea of right and wrong written on the hearts of man), and thousands of years of tradition can be invalidated in a period of less than a couple decades, then how do we arrive at any concept of morality?
The current view is "we take a vote" -- what is "moral" is what a majority on at least a national, if not world level says is moral. Smaller sub-units like States have been declared to have no rights to restrict abortion for example, and we are fast headed to say the same for gay "marriage".
As seen recently in Indiana, as well as other states, not only may a State not hold a different moral position than the national body, an individual may increasingly not hold such a position if it impacts their actions, as in, they will not bake a cake for a gay "wedding".
To date, we can't prevent an individual from holding a moral position in the privacy of their own thoughts, but no doubt many would like to find a way!
Under the definition that "morality" is "whatever is popular", does not morality cease to exist as a concept? Formerly, morality was a higher standard -- ultimately going back to God, but assumed by nearly all to be wired into our very nature. As Scalia has said and is quoted in the above article in a couple different ways:
Laws, Scalia wrote, can be validly based on “moral disapproval of homosexual conduct,” like other statutes expressing disapproval of “murder, for example, or polygamy, or cruelty to animals.”
Dissenting from a 2003 ruling that struck down criminal laws against gay sex, Scalia said a state should be allowed to criminalize sexual behavior that their citizens consider “immoral and unacceptable,” such as “fornication, bigamy, adultery, adult incest, bestiality and obscenity.”One of the popular things said against anyone opposing gay "marriage" was "How does it hurt you?".
For one thing, it changes the entire definition of marriage -- a lifetime committed relationship between a man and a woman. That is what the word marriage meant. Although we have apparently legalized it, I'm not even certain what the form of a bi-sexual "marriage" is -- I can guess, I just don't want to think about it. So we actually don't know what the word "marriage" now means.
Murder in most forms is currently unpopular, not "immoral", because we have demonstrated that we no longer recognize that word in our society.
Abortion is the killing of a very vulnerable person, and not only is it legal, we are increasingly required to fund it via our tax dollars because that is the popular will. It is not only legal, it is subsidized.
We are a nation that no longer respects standards based on God, the Constitution, History, Tradition, etc. Our standard is only what is popular -- and if it is popular, increasingly you MUST agree!
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