So this has been floating around Facebook lately:
Now, whether you agree with Carter on this or not, it got me to thinking again about where values come from for different people. I know we have at least a couple people here that are atheists and that still feel they have a defined moral system. I also know there have been posts on here (some time ago) from religious* people who seemed to think that outside of religion there can be no moral system.
* By religious I just men someone that believes in God and who's moral system comes from God, the Bible, etc. You don't have to be religious per se.
So, if one isn't religious, can you still be moral?
If you're moral, is it just by coincidence / luck, or can you have a defined moral system?
If you have a system, is it all relative or are there moral absolutes?
If you have a system, do you ever try to convince others that something is wrong by showing them how & why it's wrong -- or do you have to just stop at, "Well, in my opinion that's wrong...but I can't tell or show you why because you don't use my system".
AND, back to the Carter quote: Do we want to be a nation (either in Government or just in the general population) of Christian values? If not, do we want to be a nation with no values? If not either of those, where should we look for our values -- to know what is right and what is wrong? ~ The constitution may cover some things, but it doesn't cover everything.