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Posted: 1/6/2006 6:20:13 PM EDT
i am having a disagreement with someone over this. he says that if you do something that you know is illegal you are being unethical. i responded that based on that logic, abortion is ethical and going 5 mph over the speed limit is unethical. the debate stemmed from someone saying that hunting out of your pickup, in the woods, on your own property was unethical and illegal. IMO he is half right. it is illegal(in TN). but, since it does not afford you an unfair advantage over the game i say it is ethical and i would have no problem doing it. opinions?
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 6:21:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/6/2006 6:22:11 PM EDT by TheRedHorseman]
99% of the time, something that is illegal is also unethical

just because something is legal doesnt mean it is ethical
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 6:22:23 PM EDT
[Reverend Lovejoy]Once something's approved by the government it's no longer immoral![/Reverend Lovejoy]
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 6:22:28 PM EDT
He would call me satan. Though at this time in this country.......
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 6:24:02 PM EDT
given the number of silly and tedious laws we have, i bet you that 99% figure is too high. i agree that most laws were founded, somewhat, by ethics. my point is that just being against the law in no way makes something unethical.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 6:24:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jmt1271:
given the number of silly and tedious laws we have, i bet you that 99% figure is too high. i agree that most laws were founded, somewhat, by ethics. my point is that just being against the law in no way makes something unethical.



uhh, last I heard breaking the law wasnt terribly ethical
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 6:27:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/6/2006 6:28:07 PM EDT by USGI_45]

Originally Posted By TheRedHorseman:

Originally Posted By jmt1271:
given the number of silly and tedious laws we have, i bet you that 99% figure is too high. i agree that most laws were founded, somewhat, by ethics. my point is that just being against the law in no way makes something unethical.



uhh, last I heard breaking the law wasnt terribly ethical




where did you hear that?
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 6:28:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TheRedHorseman:

Originally Posted By jmt1271:
given the number of silly and tedious laws we have, i bet you that 99% figure is too high. i agree that most laws were founded, somewhat, by ethics. my point is that just being against the law in no way makes something unethical.



uhh, last I heard breaking the law wasnt terribly ethical


breaking most laws could be construed as unethical, by coincidence. my point is, that just because something is illegal does not automatically make it unethical. dont you agree?
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 6:31:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jmt1271:
breaking most laws could be construed as unethical, by coincidence. my point is, that just because something is illegal does not automatically make it unethical. dont you agree?



that is why I stated 99% previously, speeding for fun is unethical, speeding to the hospital to get treatment for your buddy who is bleeding to death from a horrible nailgun accident would be ethical.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 6:35:59 PM EDT
With the exception of the magna carta being based on the ethics of one man there is no further connection between the two. An eithical man does not need laws to govern his behavior, whereas an unethical man will give a law no heed.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 6:41:00 PM EDT
Any convergence of law and morality is pure happenstance. It was illegal as hell for Nathaniel Greene to fire cannons at his sovereign's troops.
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