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Monday, March 25, 2013

A Response to "Decriminalinzation of Adultery"



This is the best response to the issue. 
offered by Dr. Immanuel Chih-Ming Ke

Taiwan News 
2013-03-15 05:02 PM
Decriminalization of adultery under discussion: premier
    Taipei, March 15 (CNA) The government encourages public discussion on whether to decriminalize adultery, Premier Jiang Yi-huah said Friday amid renewed interest in the issue. Jiang said the Ministry of Justice has been studying the issue but has not made a decision because the majority of experts participating in the discussions are in favor of maintaining the status quo. "This is an open question," he told legislators during an interpellation session in the Legislative Yuan.


    The issue triggered a heated debate in a Cabinet meeting the previous day, during which the Justice Ministry gave a briefing on the progress of the government's efforts to compile a national human rights report. Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai reportedly complained in the meeting that despite Taiwan's rapid democratic development, it still maintains some laws that contradict its image as a free country, such as the one that still penalizes adultery. Lung also said she feels "embarrassed" when mentioning the situation to foreigners. In a subsequent interview with the China Times, Lung described the situation in Taiwan as "absurd" because people are "relying on judges, police and private detectives to support their marriages." Lung elaborated Friday that the authorities should not be allowed to step into people's marriages and sex lives, although she stressed that this is her "personal opinion." Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan, meanwhile, expressed no personal opinion about the issue, adding that the responsibility of the police is to maintain public order. (By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Y.F. Low)
http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/etn/news_content.php?id=2173490&lang=eng


Kingdom Revival News
發布者Krtnews3
2013-01-19, 週二13:58
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【記者尹箴台北報導】有關「通姦除罪化」的言論近來甚囂塵上。台大哲學系副教授柯志明指出,婚姻是維繫社會價值的重要基礎,透過刑法保護婚姻,避免婚姻瓦解導致社會秩序崩解,刑法第239條的存在是有必要的。


    日前,文化部長龍應台指出,「通姦罪」是落伍的法律,法務部應嚴肅面對「通姦除罪化」課題,她說,每個人都有身體自主權,「這是什麼時代了?難道婚姻要靠警察去敲門、偵探錄影來維持你的婚姻嗎?」
    柯志明表示,刑法第239條說,有配偶而與人通姦,處一年以下有期徒刑。其相姦者,亦同。通姦是指有配偶者與婚姻關係外的第三人發生性行為,這種行為直接傷害婚姻,對家庭造成衝擊。主張「通姦除罪化」的人真正的目的是要求通姦非刑法化,認為通姦不該用刑法來處罰。他說,法律的制定應守住最低道德底線,有些道德認為錯誤的行為並沒有用法律來規範,例如說謊,但不代表說謊因此是對的。凡合於社會公序良俗的法律規定都有存在的必要,以免傷害社會的善良風俗。
       大法官會議解釋第554號指出,性行為的自由與人格有不可分離的關係,不應強迫為之,但涉及社會秩序和公共利益者應以法律提供保護。用法律保障婚姻、家庭的完整性,使破壞婚姻者受懲處是法的功能,和落伍與否沒有關係。柯志明說,聖經中使徒保羅明白揭示「二人成為一體」的理念說,婚姻關係裡,妻子沒有權柄主張自己的身子,乃在丈夫;丈夫也沒有權柄主張自己的身子,乃在妻子(林前七4),換言之,與人通姦者等於是隨意支配配偶才能主張的身體,去與他人發生性行為。

      柯志明教授指出,通姦行為不論在道德上或從聖經觀點看,都是錯的,有罪的。舊約的處罰是用石頭打死,今天法律雖不判死刑,但在刑法中規範並無不妥。通姦不僅影響夫妻情感,也戕害家庭。他強調,婚姻是上帝設立的,並非人任意發明的;生命有價值,是從婚姻來,珍惜生命者必定珍惜家庭。他呼籲基督徒,看重自己的責任,根據聖經傳遞婚姻的真諦,除非人徹底了解婚姻的價值,否則很難分辨何種行為會傷害婚姻。另一方面,為維護社會秩序和公共利益,國家有責任保護婚姻,刑法第239條不宜廢除。(柯志明教授專訪內容,請上Youtube.com/krtnews網站收聽。)

最後修改於 2013-03-20, 週三 17:42 


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