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“Don’t Force Your Morality On Me” ::: Religious Intolerance, pt. 2

Francis J. Beckwith and Gregory Koukl helps us see that when people say, “Don’t force your morality on me,” they are at that very moment, attempting to force their own morality on you.  The excerpts come from Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air by Francis J. Beckwith and Gregory Koukl (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, 1998), 145-46.  

When confronted with the line, “You shouldn’t force your morality on me,” simply ask, “Why not?” … 

He’s going to have a hard time explaining why you shouldn’t impose your views without imposing his morality on you.  This forces him to state a moral rule while simultaneously denying that moral rules exist.  This same tactic is played out in the following short dialogues: 


“You shouldn’t force your morality on me.”

“Why not?”

“Because I don’t believe in forcing morality.”

“If you don’t believe in it, then by all means, don’t do it.  Especially don’t force that moral view of yours on me.”


“You shouldn’t push your morality on me.”

“I’m not entirely sure what you mean by that statement.  Do you mean I have no right to an opinion?”

“You have a right to your opinion, but you have no right to force it on anyone.”

“Is that your opinion?”


“Then why are you forcing it on me?”

“But you’re saying that only your view is right.”

“Am I wrong?”


“Is that your view.”


“Then you’re saying only your view is right, which is the very thing you objected to me saying.”


“Don’t push your morality on me.”

“Why? Don’t you believe in morality.”

“Sure, but I believe in my morality, not yours.”

“Well then, how do you know what’s moral?”

“I think  people should decide individually.”

“That’s exactly what I’m doing.  And I’m deciding you’re immoral.”

“What’s the problem?  Live and let live is your value, not mine.”


“You shouldn’t push your morality on me.”

“Correct me if I’m misunderstanding you here, but it sounds to me like you’re telling me I’m wrong.”

“You are.”

“Well, you seem to be saying my personal moral view shouldn’t apply to other people, but that sounds suspiciously like you are applying your moral view to me.  Why are you forcing your morality on me?”

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