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Morality and Modern Government

In the United States a priest unhappy about morality in the United States told his audience that morality was derived from God, not from government. He won applause and nods of approval from his audience. Then he said something that appeared to contradict his stated position: he asked his audience to pressure the government to change the law more to their liking. "We decide," he told them, and the audience applauded this also.

In the United States, laws governing behavior — including the Constitution — have come with people acting politically. These laws, or the freedom that accompanies no law on an issue, reflect community standards.