Racism, Abortion and Criminal Justice over Breakfast

At breakfast this morning my husband and I got into some good discussions over a few issues, so I thought I would post them here to have others weigh in.

1. There’s a custody battle happening locally that brought up an interesting question. If you don’t take into consideration any other factors such as whether physical and emotional needs are being met, should parents who teach their kids to be racist have them taken away?

2. When do you think a person becomes a person? Are late-term abortions morally reprehensible?

3. Would more punitive (longer sentencing, death penalty) punishments discourage people from committing crimes?

What are your thoughts on these issues?


1 Response to “Racism, Abortion and Criminal Justice over Breakfast”

  1. 1 Global Villager June 7, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    #1 – Racist ideology is no better or worse than most religious ideology for the most part, the State would be hypocritical to punish parents for indoctrinating children with racist beliefs. It is the parent’s right to indoctrinate their children with their values. I believe it becomes the State’s business when parent’s promote and teach their children to commit acts of violence against others. No matter what your beliefs are, violence against others (or their property) is mutually abhorrent to all. This is what we need to adjust our moral compasses by – not religious doctrine but things that compromise our safety and livelihood. Would gay marriage qualify then? No? Abortion? No. This brings me to the next point:

    #2 – I believe we become a person when the cord is severed and we cease being a parasite and become a separate individual. It is hard, when do we become concious of ourselves as an individual? There is no arbitrary date for that so I think my explanation works. Late term abortions are unfortunate and should only be performed if the life of the mother is in jeopardy. I know I just said that we are not people until we are actually born but from my understanding of things pain may be felt by the fetus by late term.

    #3 – I like to think that more punitive punishments would reduce crime but the numbers do not seem to support it. There is the death penalty in many US States but there is little to no difference in crime. We used to have it in Canada and crime still occured. I do think that our youth system in Canada needs to become tougher, kids know how to “play the game” and do not respect the system, but it is a difficult balance between punishment and rehabilitation. Too much of either is no good.

    I don’t know, these are tough questions!!!!

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