Do not condone what is morally wrong

An estimated 3,000 abortions are performed daily world wide and 38 million have been performed this year according to worldometer.com. According to www.mentalfloss.com, 11 countries around the world have legalized gay marriage and parts of Mexico and the U.S. HUNTER PARAMORE | Scroll Illustration

Approved by a 12-5 vote of the Scroll editorial board.

We are seeing something interesting happening in our society. If we can find enough people or the right people to condone what we know to be wrong, then we feel no moral obligation to uphold that particular thing.

People want to do whatever they feel like, but they don’t want to take responsibly for doing it.

Over the last several years we have seen our society’s childish behaviors manifest themselves through the liberal laws we’ve passed.

People demand the right to do whatever they want. However it’s not enough to do what they want; They want justification.

For example the legalization of marijuana, abortion and gay marriage have all been viewed as morally wrong almost without exception.

Colorado and Washington recently just legalized both medical and recreational marijuana, and it’s likely more states will follow.

Plenty of people are already using the drug, but now they will have the approval of their state governments.

Now that it’s legal in those states, many people feel no moral obligation against using the drug. Previous to 1973, abortion was illegal in most of the 50 states, until the Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade legalized it nationwide.

In 1973, a little over 600,000 abortions were performed in the United States. Now, an estimated 1.3 million abortions performed each year and an estimated 52 million have been performed since 1973.

Gay marriage was illegal in all 50 states until 2005 when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize it. Currently it is legal in nine states, the District of Columbia and in two Native American tribes.

It would be better if our society would fight to do what is right with as much vigor as we fight to do what is wrong. Our society must put away childish things and become a society of adults by doing what we know is right.

DISSENTING OPINION: The dissenting editors explain their reasoning

When a child misbehaves, he or she is corrected by a parent or teacher. But what if the parents or teachers values are different from ours? Does that make them inherently bad?

Children are taught and conditioned from a very young age to know what is socially acceptable.

There is absolute truth, and decisions that individuals make can be intrinsically good or evil, but this does not mean the people who live in our society view their actions as being extreme. We cannot assume that every individual knows the moral value their opinions and beliefs.

Individuals are conditioned to understand the wrongness or rightness of their actions. Outside influences, such as families, tune the moral compasses of persons within our society.

Each family has different rules that teach a child right from wrong. Some households teach children that using coarse language is acceptable, while others teach their children to watch
their language.

From a certain perspective, it seems our society is now walking a path that is leading our country to a dark future. But because not all people have the same perspective and knowledge, we cannot judge others based on our own personal and religious beliefs.

Our society as a whole has become more liberal. Even though we might disagree with some of the changes in society, we cannot say that everyone who is doing things inconsistent with our beliefs is knowingly walking down the path of unrighteousness.

2 Responses

  1. Cameron Call says:

    I like Ben Yates. That guy’s got a good head on him.
    Too bad I can’t say the same for the dissenting opinion.
    First of all, as Latter-day Saints, we’ve been commanded by the Savior, scriptural prophets, and the Brethren to judge, especially when it pertains to morality. Elder Holland spoke on this very subject a few months ago in his September CES Devotional Address. Obviously we’re not supposed to pass “final” judgments on others, but we have been commanded to “judge righteously.” (D&C 11:12)
    I’ve learned from the Spirit, the scriptures, the Brethren, my church leaders, my professors at this university, and my parents that we need to judge everything we see, hear, and discover against the standards of the Gospel. The best response to your article is Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s conference talk he gave in October 2009 titled “Moral Discipline.” Basically he said “Moral discipline is the consistent exercise of our agency to choose right because it is right, even when it is hard.”
    Is it wrong for parents to teach their children bad language? Yes. Is it wrong when families don’t teach the importance of integrity? Yes. Is it wrong when families don’t spend time together? Yes. Is it wrong to not teach your children to pray? Yes. Are divorces wrong? In most cases, yes. Are abortions wrong? Again, in most cases, yes. Is homosexuality wrong? Yes. Is drug use wrong? Yes. Is pornography wrong? Yes. Is it wrong to lie? Yes. Is it wrong to gamble? Yes. Is it wrong to get married outside the temple? Yes. Is it wrong to belong to any other church besides the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Yes. Is the disintegration of the family unit wrong? ABSOLUTELY!!! These are all judgment calls that we are required to make. We shouldn’t judge to condemn these people. But we should judge to know what they’re doing is wrong.
    In your article you mentioned families and parents several times; you believe correct principles should be taught in the home. What if the family is being destroyed? What if a parent, news reporter, Hollywood actor, famous comedian, or powerful politician says that families are not necessary? They are wrong. Plain and simple. But if we follow the counsel you gave and “don’t judge those who see morality differently,” then we blur the lines between right and wrong; we will be like Lot of the Old Testament – he first settled outside the city of Sodom but eventually came to live within its walls.

  2. Stephanie Bisoni says:

    “Over the last several years we have seen our society’s childish behaviors manifest themselves through the liberal laws we’ve passed.”
    and
    “Our society as a whole has become more liberal. Even though we might disagree with some of the changes in society…”
    These two statements sum up everything that is wrong with the scroll. The “opinion” section publishes fluff articles like ‘learn the color of people’s personalities!’ and ‘be grateful when times get tough!’ and when a real opinion is presented, the writer lumps all of BYU-Idaho into one assumed opinion, alienating those who dare to believe differently.
    Guess what? I’m Mormon, I’m not against gay marriage, drug use, or abortion. It isn’t up to us to force our religious beliefs on others. You said, “It would be better if our society would fight to do what is right with as much vigor as we fight to do what is wrong.” The problem is ‘society’ and even church members have vastly different opinions on what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. Instead of judging people who are gay and don’t follow your moral code by saying they just want ‘justification’ how about you realize that not everyone thinks the same and just because you ‘choose the right’ it somehow makes you better than others.

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