Situational ethics is reserving judgment in lieu of having no moral principles. Nothing to do with the law.Jesus frigging christ and his back-up band...I went to catholic schools and even they recognized that the basis of our government is secular.
Ethics have always been situational where the law is concerned; that's why we treat cold-blooded murderers differently from those who kill in self-defense. Objectively, they both did the same thing, but we judge on the SITUATION. The "moral compass" has always been a personal thing.
Ethics - code of morality: a system of moral principles governing the appropriate conduct for a person or group.