Political Morality Essay

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Political Morality

In Webster's dictionary, morality is defined as "principles

of right and wrong in conduct; ethics." The principles of

morality have countless times evolved over the ages. In earlier

times, death was an easy penalty for many crimes. These crimes

today are considered minor and are penalized with a slap on the

hand. Is this considered wrong? Who is the correct authority to

consult on what is right or wrong? In today's society, two major

factors concern how the way members of society act and behave.

The first is our national government.

Members of our government in positions of authority decide

everything in our lives in the form of laws which determine our

behavior. One of the most important documents written by our

government is the Declaration of Independence. The monarchy was

taking away power from the colonists and putting more demands on.

In return, the colonists declared their freedom from their

tyrant. In this document, it states, "All men are created equal;

that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable

rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of

happiness." The great men who wrote this down had a strong sense

of morals. They believed that men were given rights by God that

no one could take away. This is essential to the issue of

morality because it determines the rights- that are agreed upon

all- are wrong.

This brings us to religion. Religion is a major contributor

to how we think and act because it mirrors our beliefs in what we

hold as right or wrong. An example of this is the native tribes

of africa and South America where a number of tribes practice

cannibalism. While this is considered a sin in most christian

religions, the tribes have evolved into cannibalism as a way to

survive in life and have no objections to their eating habits.

The problem arises when the line between government and religion

is crossed. While religion does not have to power to punish one

physically, but rather soulfully of one has sinned. The

government has the power to sentence punishment, yet should have

no power concerning God.

Many different religions have evolved all over the world and

in the process, have people have been prosecuted in their faith.

The first settlers in the new world came here to avoid

prosecution from the powerful church/government of that time.

Specifically, the Church of England headed by the king. Puritan

leaders led their followers to a place where they could express

their religion with no fear of other faiths. One such leader was

John Winthrop.

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