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The law and moral suasion

The fear of punishment for transgressions against the law has served as a deterrent for many who might be wavering in their resolve.

A monthly column by the Emmanuel Community: 46 Rosalino Street, Woodbrook.Tel:628-1064; emmancommtt@gmail.com

In general, our behaviour is regulated by both the law and our moral principles.  And in general, we expect the law to be indistinguishable from our moral principles.

A major distinction between the two, however, is that the state has the power to impose punishment on those found to be in breach of the law, whereas the only punishment for breaching a moral principle is condemnation by other members of the society and one’s own conscience.

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